Police log for 2/28

February 28, 2003

Police find man wanted on probation violation

A day after Hagerstown City Police announced they were looking for Dwayne Darrnel Watts for violation of probation on drug charges, he was apprehended.

Officers took Watts into custody Thursday at 9 a.m. in the 100 block of West Franklin Street, police said.

Watts, 19, was being held without bond Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center, jail officials said.

Police said the Washington County Circuit Court warrant for Watts indicates the original charge was possession with intent to distribute fake drugs.

Deputies recover additional stolen items

Continuing an investigation involving stolen property recovered from a home at 26 Belview Ave. on Feb. 20, Washington County Sheriff's deputies searched a vehicle connected to that home Wednesday and came up with more stolen items, said Investigator Greg Alton.

"We found a 14-carat gold 'Number 1 Mom' pendant, a Winston Motor Sports 20th anniversary pin, a Pontiac Excitement 400, Richmond, Va., pin dated May 15, 1999; and a bag of costume jewelry in the vehicle," Alton said.


A suspect in the case is believed linked to 12 burglaries being investigated by the sheriff's department, Alton said.

Victims of burglaries in the past 14 months are being asked by police to call 240-313-2185.

Residents warned about possible scams

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County Sheriff's deputies are warning residents of a particularly elaborate scam they believe was designed to set up an Ijamsville, Md., resident for a burglary.

The resident told deputies he got a phone call from a man saying the resident's wife had been arrested by the Montgomery County Police Department and needed to be picked up there.

The resident called his wife and learned she had not been arrested and wasn't in Montgomery County that day.

The resident later saw a suspicious vehicle in his driveway, which stayed for a while and then left.

Deputies warn residents to be wary of calls in which callers try to get them to leave their homes and to call Detective David DeWees at 301-631-3677.

Police continue search for city tire slashers

Hagerstown City Police said Thursday they still don't know who slashed tires on 11 vehicles on Summit Avenue early Wednesday.

"This is the kind of thing that irritates you," said Hagerstown Police Detective Chris Kayser.

In the hope of catching those responsible, police released more details about the incident that left cars vandalized in the 200 and 300 blocks of Summit Avenue just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Kayser said the man who called to report the crimes first heard the "whoosh" of tires being cut, then he saw two people enter a nearby residence.

Kayser said anyone with further information can call him at 301-790-3700, ext. 238.

Morning fire destroys townhouse in W.Va.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire Thursday morning destroyed a townhouse in the Willowbrook Village complex along Keyes Ferry Road, a fire official said.

It is believed the fire, which was reported at about 10:45 a.m., was caused by an electrical problem, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co.

Motorists on U.S. 340 saw the fire and reported it to dispatchers using cell phones, Smith said.

When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting out the windows of the townhouse, Smith said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and kept it from spreading to a townhouse next door, Smith said.

The people who leased the townhouse were not home at the time, Smith said.

Damages were estimated at $69,000.

Paint booth fire at E-Z Dumper extinguished

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A fire in a paint booth at E-Z Dumper at 11755 Mutual Drive was contained Thursday night by the building's sprinkler system, said a Franklin County Fire and Rescue Communications dispatcher.

Firefighters were alerted to the fire at around 9:30 p.m. Employees in the building were evacuated as a precaution.

By 9:42 p.m., all but three pieces of emergency equipment had been turned around when the fire was declared to be out.

E-Z Dumper is a manufacturer of dump and utility trailers in Franklin County, Pa.

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