Police log for 2/27

February 27, 2003

Men sought in apparent 'road rage' incident

Two men in a dark red car with West Virginia tags are being sought by Washington County Sheriff's deputies in the assault of a 23-year-old Hagerstown man Tuesday during what is believed to have been a "road rage" incident.

The victim told deputies he was driving on Md. 63 near the truck stop at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday when a car with two men inside began following him toward Hagerstown. Trying to shake them, he made numerous turns but the car continued to follow, deputies said.

At Pangborn Boulevard and Jefferson Street, the two men got out of the car and approached the victim, breaking out his side window with a pry bar before fleeing.

The driver was described as a white man, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. The passenger, also a white man, was 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds.


The car was described as a four-door sedan with W.Va. tags, chrome wheels, black tinted rear windows and mud flaps, deputies said.

Deputy 1st Class Tom Routzahn asked that anyone witnessing the incident call 240-313-2170.

Man charged with possession of weapons

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick city police officers on Tuesday recovered a hand grenade, rifles and handguns from a home after serving a protective order.

James Ray Keefer, 43, of the 500 block of East Church Street, was charged with possession of a destructive device.

Cpl. Joe Bourke of the Frederick Police Department said Maryland fire marshals told police the hand grenade was capable of being set off, but they had not determined what sort of explosives were inside the grenade.

Police said they had contacted Keefer at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at his home. When Keefer began to make threats against himself, police took him into custody and took him to Frederick Memorial Hospital, Bourke said.

Because of Keefer's threats, which included gun violence, Bourke alleged, police searched his home, where they found assault weapons, hunting rifles, shotguns and pistols, all of which were legally owned and registered to Keefer.

Keefer was being held Wednesday at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $15,000 bond.

Sheriff's Department looking for missing teen

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was looking for a teenager who was first reported missing Monday morning.

Joel Nathaniel Wareham, 17, lives on the 2200 block of Dargan School Road. Deputies said he had been in contact with his parents, but would not tell them where he is.

Police believe Joel is with his girlfriend, Leah Styer, 14, of West Virginia, who also has been reported missing by her relatives.

Police said both families believe the two are in West Virginia staying in Wareham's car, a green 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass with Maryland tags GLC 425.

Both were listed as missing Wednesday night, deputies said.

Police ask that anyone with information call Deputy 1st Class Daniel Watson at 301-791-3020.

City woman faces several drug charges

Felicia Tina Archie, 23, of 213 N. Mulberry St., was charged recently with a number of drug offenses after agents with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force served a warrant on her at her home.

Archie, who has since been released from custody, faces charges of distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to Cpl. Pete Lazich, director of the task force.

After making a controlled drug buy, the agents got a warrant and served it on Archie on Feb. 19. While the agents were there, they also seized $8,500 in cash in connection with alleged drug trafficking, Lazich said.

'Amber Alert' changes made by State Police

The Maryland State Police headquarters office said the procedure has changed for "Amber Alerts," which are designed to quickly catch anyone who has kidnapped a child by posting signs on area highways.

Large highway signs across the state will now read "Child Amber Alert," and smaller signs will read "Child Alert." If drivers see the subject of the alert, they are asked to call 911.

Police said there was confusion on Feb. 11, when the state's first Amber alert was posted: Drivers thought the "Amber Alert" message posted related to terrorism, not a child kidnapping.

The alert was posted because a Baltimore man said his daughter had been kidnapped. He has since been charged with his daughter's death.

More than 30 states have Amber Alert systems. In Maryland, state police, local sheriff's offices, the state Department of Transportation, the Maryland Center for Missing Children, local broadcasting and cable associations and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency partner in the Amber Alert program.

The program was created in 1996 after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, for whom the alert system is named, was kidnapped in Texas and later found dead, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Car tires slashed on Summit Avenue

Several residents in the 200 and 300 blocks of Summit Avenue in Hagerstown woke up to find their cars' tires had been slashed.

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