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March 10, 2003

76-year-old city man beaten in his home

A 76-year-old Hagerstown man was beaten inside his house with a baseball bat Friday after he told two men who tried to rob him he didn't have any money, Hagerstown City Police said.

Riley Curtis Reeder of the first block of Madison Avenue was in fair condition Friday night at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

At about 1:35 p.m., two men entered Reeder's unlocked door, police said. One of the men grabbed a bat that was near the door, and when the men found Reeder sitting in the kitchen, they demanded money, police said.

When Reeder said he didn't have any, one of the man began hitting him in the head, police said. Reeder's son, who had been upstairs, chased the men through the back door.


Det. Chris Kayser said it did not appear that Reeder knew either of the men who tried to rob him, and it did not appear that anything was taken from the home.

The men were described as black males, both between 5 feet, 6 inches and 6 feet, medium builds, wearing dark clothing and brown boots. One man wore a gray knit hat; the other wore a baseball hat.

Anyone with information may call Kayser at 301-790-3700.

Two men charged with selling drugs

Police investigating the local drug trade arrested two men Thursday after searching two local businesses and a home, police said Friday.

Patrich Lumumba Jenkins, 28, of 722 Chestnut St., a barber at First Cousins Barbershop at 151 W. Franklin St., faces nine charges including two counts of distributing cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and two counts of cocaine possession.

Antonio Kelly, 32, of 430 N. Jonathan St., the store manager of Charm City Sports at 137 W. Franklin St., faces two counts of cocaine distribution, two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and two counts of cocaine possession.

According to court charging documents, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force had been investigating the men and used confidential informants to buy cocaine from Jenkins and Kelly, using audio and video surveillance to document the buys.

Police had been investigating the men for about a month, said Cpl. Pete Lazich of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the narcotics task force.

Jenkins was being Friday at the Washington County Detention Center on $35,000 bond. Kelly was also being held Friday at the county jail on $25,000 bond.

Police find drugs in two homes, women charged

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two women were arrested Friday after Martinsburg police searched two homes on warrants, turning up drugs at both places, police said.

Valencia Michelle McDonald, 39, of 71 Beauregard Blvd., Charles Town, W.Va., was charged with possession of crack cocaine. She was being held Friday night at Eastern Regional Jail on $5,000 bond.

Tonya Lee French, 27, of 2452 Martins Landing, Apt. 812, was charged on an outstanding warrant from West Virginia State Police for petit larceny. French was awaiting transfer to Eastern Regional Jail Friday night.

The City of Martinsburg Police Department's special response team forced entry into the apartments at 300 West Race St. and 3111/2 South Maple Ave. where they found crack and smoking devices at both residences, police said.

McDonald was found at the West Race Street apartment; French was found at the South Maple Avenue home.

W.Va. driver dies after suffering a heart attack

A West Virginia man who was driving on a Washington County road Friday morning died after he fell unconscious, police said.

Robert C. Hareford, 82, of Inwood, W.Va., was driving north on Virginia Avenue near Governor Lane Boulevard when he lost control of his 2000 Honda CRV at about 9:50 a.m., crossing the center line and striking a mailbox and a utility pole in the 16600 block, Maryland State Police said.

Witnesses tried to help Hareford, who appeared to be unconscious, police said. A Williamsport ambulance took Hareford, who was having a heart attack, to Washington County Hospital where he later was pronounced dead, police said.

15-year-old girl missing since Saturday

The Hagerstown Police Department is looking for a 15-year-old girl who has been missing since Saturday, Detective Steve Hoover said Friday.

Elizabeth Phillips was last seen at the Washington County Hospital emergency room with a family friend, Hoover said. She disappeared when her friend went to see a doctor, he said.

She likes to visit an apartment building at 31 E. Washington St., he said.

She is described as white, 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 120 pounds with red hair, Hoover said.

Anyone with information may call Hoover at 301-790-3700.

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