Police log for 2/25

February 25, 2003

Man charged with leaving child in car

A Hagerstown man was charged Sunday with leaving a child unattended after he allegedly left his daughter in a car for at least 25 minutes while he shopped at Prime Outlets.

Rajesh Kumar Goyal, 29, of Haven Road, was charged with leaving a child younger than 8 years old unattended.

Maryland State Police said they were called at 5:15 p.m. by Prime Outlets security, who said a shopper found an infant unattended in a parked Toyota Corolla.

Police called a number on the for-sale sign in the car, which they said led them to the girl's father's cell phone.

Police said the man was shopping with his wife, and after dropping her off, he parked the car and went shopping as well, leaving his daughter behind.


Goyal was released on his own recognizance. Police said the child was released to the mother.

Handgun, PlayStation are reported stolen

The Washington County Sheriff's Office reported the following incidents over the weekend:

  • A handgun theft was reported Friday at 2:18 p.m. in the 12000 block of Hopewell Road. The gun was a 9 mm Standard Arms pistol.

  • A window to a backhoe was shot out with a BB gun Friday in the 1100 block of Linwood Road. The damage was estimated at $100.

  • At 1:57 p.m. Saturday, a theft of a Sony PlayStation 2 video game console was reported in the 17000 block of Oakleigh Way. No value estimate was given for the item.

Man surrenders to Hagerstown police

Robert John Summerville III, who was wanted on a Washington County Circuit Court warrant by Hagerstown City Police, turned himself in to authorities Saturday, police said.

Summerville, 21, was wanted on violation of probation on theft and cocaine possession charges.

He was being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, jail officials said.

Potomac River levels ruled hazardous

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Wednesday because of hazardous water levels, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Monday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Cumberland, Md., to Little Falls, Va., because of recent rain, a natural resources police news release said.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life-threatening situation because of hypothermia, wave action, high velocity or treacherous current.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

For the latest information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

Panhandle residents enter guilty pleas

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four Eastern Panhandle residents entered guilty pleas in drug cases Friday in U.S. District Court before Judge Craig Broadwater, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston.

  • Shannon James Barney, 30, of 1303 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million for distribution of oxycodone, a narcotic drug. The crime occurred in Martinsburg last July.

    Barney is currently free on bond awaiting sentencing June 9 at 2 p.m.

  • Vincent Michael Greear, 20, of Springfield, W.Va., pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin in Romney, W.Va., a year ago.

    Now in custody, Greear faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. His sentencing is scheduled for June 9 at 1 p.m.

  • Ronald Dailey Hott, 39, of Romney, W.Va., also is free on bond and awaiting sentencing on May 19 at 11 a.m. on his guilty plea to distribution of oxycodone in Romney in October.

    Hott faces 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

  • Zachary William Ruble, 20, of 89A Central Ave., Romney, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin last May.

    Ruble remains free on bond pending sentencing May 17 at 10 a.m. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

All these cases were investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Skateboarders accosted by armed robbers in city

Armed robbers - one possibly with a gun and another believed to have a knife - allegedly accosted four skateboarders to the rear of the North Potomac Street parking deck late Monday, getting away with at least one skateboard and some money.

"The (robbers) had them empty their pockets," said Sgt. Mark Renner of the Hagerstown City Police.

The victims told police shortly after the 9:50 p.m. incident that the robber they believe had a 9 mm handgun was a white man with a cap on his head.

The knife-wielding robber was a black man who was described as being 6 feet 7 inches tall and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, victims told police.

A third man who displayed no weapon was said by the victims to be Hispanic.

A few minutes after the robbery, police stopped several people walking in an alley behind Hagerstown Trust Co., but they were not involved in the incident, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

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