Police log for 3/11

March 11, 2003

Man says he was beaten and robbed

People traveling along West Franklin Street Monday afternoon around 3 p.m. may have seen something that could help Hagerstown City Police zero in on suspects in an assault, Sgt. James Robison said.

The victim, a Hagerstown man, told police he was in Cramer's Alley off West Franklin Street when the four people he had been drinking with earlier in the day at a nearby tavern assaulted him.

The victim told police a man he knew as "Darrell" picked up a rock and hit him in the head, knocking him to the ground. Once he was down, there was a struggle and at times, the victim said he was being held down while others of his four companions went through his pockets.

His wallet containing about $180 was stolen, police said.

The victim told police that "Darrell" is a black man, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds.


The others included a 5 foot 6 inch white woman with dark hair who was known as &Betty;" a white man who was 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds; and another black man who was 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds, the victim told police.

When police arrived, the victim was bleeding from a wound to the head and his face. He refused medical treatment, Robison said.

Police ask that anyone who may have seen people matching the descriptions call 301-790-3700.

Car chase leads to charges for two men

FREDERICK, Md. - A car chase here Sunday evening led police to arrest two men, one of whom was wanted in Washington County. The other man remained hospitalized with injuries he received when he was apprehended, city police in Frederick said.

Phillip McKinley Weidman, 30, of 219 Heritage Court, Walkersville, Md., was charged with driving on a suspended license, fleeing and eluding police and reckless driving.

Property found in the vehicle was turned over Sunday to Washington County Sheriff's deputies, police said.

Bryant Edwart Stigall, 29, of 1607 Addison Road South, District Heights, Md., was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He was wanted on a bench warrant in Charles County, Md., for failing to appear in court, police said.

Stigall was listed in fair condition at Frederick Memorial Hospital Monday night, a spokesman there said. Police said he was apprehended by a K-9 while hiding under a vehicle.

Frederick Police said they were patrolling downtown at around 6:30 p.m. when they spotted a wanted car, which sped off. When they stopped the car at North Market Street and Wormans Mill Court, the passenger ran, police alleged. A police dog found the man underneath a car at an auto shop.

Pickup driver faces charges after crash

PINESBURG - The driver of a pickup truck that overturned on Clear Spring Road east of Sword Road at around 2:21 p.m. Sunday was charged in connection with the accident, said Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Kim Barnes.

James Richard Farris III, 18, of 15384 Clear Spring Road, Williamsport, was charged with failure to drive right of center, driving without a license and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, Barnes said.

Williamsport Ambulance Co. personnel took Farris to Washington County Hospital where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.

Barnes said Farris was eastbound when his vehicle crossed the center line, hit a grassy embankment and overturned.

Fire heavily damages century-old structure

MOUNT AIRY, Md. - Damages of $225,000 have been assessed in Monday morning's three-alarm fire that damaged a century-old house/business at 13656 Unionville Road in Mount Airy.

A home heating oil company, George P. Voneiff and Sons, is the business occupant of the building while Michelle Hobbs is the owner, according the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Firefighters responded to the fire at the intersection of Unionville and Clemsonville roads at 12:12 a.m. Monday, fire marshals said.

The cause of the blaze was ruled accidental, beginning in the bathroom in the business portion of the building, fire marshals said. Smoke detectors operated properly and alerted the occupants.

Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department directed the firefight, and companies from Union Bridge, Thurmont, New Market, Frederick, Winfield, Mt. Airy, New Windsor, Graceham and Lisbon assisted.

Initially lack of water was a problem, fire marshals said. As the fire was brought under control, oil began running off into Linganore Creek, a problem that was handled by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Toolbox, appliances among missing items

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