Police log for 3/12

March 12, 2003

Man wanted on failure to appear charges

Hagerstown City Police were on the lookout for Corey Gene Sheridan, who is charged in two arrest warrants with bad checks and failure to appear in court on drug, theft and traffic charges.

Sheridan, 39, is white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes. His last known address was 121 N. Locust St., Hagerstown.

The first warrant charges him with 12 counts of uttering, or cashing, bad checks, police said. The second warrant stems from Sheridan's alleged failure to appear in court last August on one count each of theft, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving an uninsured vehicle, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information about Sheridan's whereabouts call 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

W.Va. residents plead guilty on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Eastern Panhandle residents entered guilty pleas in drug cases Tuesday before Magistrate Judge David J. Noel in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.


Charles Edward Branson, 32, and Missy Puma Branson, 24, both of 115 Opal Court, Martinsburg, pleaded guilty to one count each of aiding and abetting the distribution of just more than four grams last August in Charles Town, W.Va.

The defendants, who were both in custody pending a June 9 sentencing, face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a fine of $1 million each, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston.

The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Driver faces traffic, alcohol charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A Monday morning traffic stop on Old National Pike resulted in traffic and alcohol charges against the driver, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Richard L. Jaquith, 56, of 10140 Greensward Link, Ijamsville, Md., was charged with speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and negligent driving, deputies said.

The 8:44 a.m. traffic stop occurred near Meadow Road, deputies said.

Md. juveniles face burglary charges

FREDERICK, Md. - Four juveniles were charged with third-degree burglary, destruction of property and trespassing in connection with $5,000 in damage to a barn in the 6000 block of Fair Oaks Drive, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

The incidents at the barn occurred on Feb. 20, deputies said.

All the juveniles are 14 years old and reside in the Frederick area, deputies said.

Police: Charged driver had children in his car

A Pennsylvania man who police allege drove into a field Monday night because he had been drinking was carrying two children in his car, Maryland State Police said.

Ralph Edward Guyer, 49, of New Cumberland, Pa., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drug possession, police said.

It was reported to police that someone had driven off Md. 494 at Fairview Church Road at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. When troopers arrived, they found a 1999 Dodge Neon, which they said had been driven by Guyer.

Also in Guyer's car were two children, a 4-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, police said. Police said they returned the children to their mother at the Hagerstown barrack. Police also alleged they found a marijuana pipe in the car.

Guyer was being held Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

Leather handbags stolen from outlet store

Four leather handbags valued at $636 were stolen from the Coach Leatherware store at Prime Outlets on Monday, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies described the person who took the handbags as a black man, 6 feet tall, with a stocky build. He wore a red baseball hat, a tan, below-waist button coat and blue jeans.

Police said the man concealed the bags in a large Eddie Bauer shopping bag and ran off with the merchandise.

Frederick townhouse fire causes $75,000 damage

FREDERICK, Md. - A fire in a second-floor bedroom at 46 Vienna Court Monday evening caused $75,000 damage but no injuries, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

The two-story wood townhouse owned by Mario Pocasangre and family had smoke detectors which activated, fire marshals said.

A halogen light ignited some combustibles nearby causing the fire, which produced smoke that made the house unliveable. The American Red Cross was assisting the family.

Fire that destroyed home investigated

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - The cause of a fire that destroyed a Fayetteville residence Monday night was under investigation, according to the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.

The Fayetteville Fire Department responded to 30 Chickentown Lane shortly after 11 p.m. to find the two-story dwelling engulfed in fire, said Deputy Fire Chief William Wishard.

Crews made an aggressive interior attack and found the stairwell and second floor starting to collapse, so they evacuated the house, Wishard said.

Instead, a ladder crew was sent to the roof to finish opening it for ventilation.

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