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March 07, 2003

W.Va. man charged with failing to register

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry man has been charged with failure to register as a sex offender, West Virginia State Police said.

On Wednesday, state police were notified by the FBI that the defendant, Paul Michael Hargrove, is a registered sex offender in New York and was living in Harpers Ferry Campsites, a criminal complaint in Jefferson County Magistrate Court said.

Trooper James C. Long contacted a Harpers Ferry postal worker, who said he delivered mail to Hargrove at two Harpers Ferry addresses, the complaint said.

Hargrove was required to register as a sex offender while he is a resident of West Virginia, Long said.

Hargrove, 46, of Route 1, Box 465, was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night on $70,000 bond.

Man charged with firing gun, drug possession

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police charged a man whom they claim fired a gun several times at an apartment building early Thursday morning.


Carlton J. Lewis, 21, of Woodbury Avenue in Martinsburg, was charged with wanton endangerment, brandishing a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Early Thursday morning, Deputy Steve Crites, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, went to the Berkeley Gardens apartment complex off U.S. 11 North twice after receiving calls that gunshots had been fired. Nearly a dozen shots were fired during two separate incidents, records show.

A woman told police she saw a man, whom she identified as Lewis, shooting toward her third-floor window.

When police went to Lewis' apartment, they saw two bags of marijuana on the floor and a 9mm bullet in Lewis' bed, records show.

Outside of the apartment building, police found five .45-caliber shell casings and six 9mm shell casings, records show.

Lewis is being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $35,000 bail.

Cascade teen sought by sheriff's deputies

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a 16-year-old Cascade boy who has been missing since early this week.

Robert Wade Montgomery was last seen at his 14646 Rowland Hill Road home on Monday. He was reported missing Tuesday, Deputy First Class Johnny Marshall said.

He is described as white, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 118 pounds, with crew-cut brown hair, a goatee and moustache. He has a tattoo on his right wrist. He was last seen wearing a grey/black adidas hat, a grey adidas coat, black T-shirt, blue jeans and gray sneakers. He wears a silver necklace with a soda can charm.

Montgomery is often in the company of another teenager and police believe they may be in a black Honda Civic.

Montgomery is wanted in Frederick County for escaping home detention Monday. He also failed to attend a juvenile hearing Thursday and is being sought by authorities there, Marshall said.

Anyone with information on Montgomery's whereabouts may call 240-313-2170.

Traffic stops result in charges for Md. pair

FREDERICK, Md. - Two traffic stops Wednesday turned out to be anything but routine after evidence of crimes were turned up by Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

  • At 11:13 p.m. Wednesday, Deputy Jason Boyer stopped a 1991 Dodge on Md. 355 at Park Mills Road and soon discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen in Montgomery County.

    The driver, James Austin Minks, 19, of 19200 Esmond Terrace, Germantown, Md., was charged with felony theft, auto theft, failure to keep vehicle right of center and driving an unsafe vehicle, deputies said.

    After the vehicle was searched, Minks also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    Minks was being held on $9,000 bond Thursday night at the Frederick County Detention Center.

  • Earlier Wednesday, James A. Kurak, 48, of 3193 Atlee Ridge Road, New Windsor, Md., was stopped for speeding on Md. 140 near Harney Road in Emmitsburg at 3:38 p.m.

Deputy First Class Kevin Eyler discovered Kurak was driving while suspended through Maryland and Florida. The deputy also charged Kurak with driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs.

Additional charges included reckless and negligent driving which occurred when Kurak pulled over and struck a snow drift and guard rail, Eyler said. He also was driving without a license, speeding and not wearing his seat belt, deputies said.

Kurak was being held on $7,500 bond Thursday night at the Frederick County Detention Center.

Man faces charges of causing disturbance

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man who allegedly caused a ruckus Thursday morning at the security checkpoint at Frederick County Circuit Courthouse was charged with creating a disturbance in a public building.

Kevin Lee Smith, 33, of 1335 Taney Ave., contacted sheriff's deputies in the courthouse around 9 a.m. to report he had been assaulted while being searched as he entered the building.

Deputies learned that Smith allegedly identified himself as an FBI agent and displayed a veteran's affairs card claiming it was an FBI identification card.

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