Police log for 3/18

March 18, 2003

Student removed from school after city police called twice

A 16-year-old student was removed from North Hagerstown High School Monday afternoon following two disturbances that twice drew Hagerstown City Police to the Pennsylvania Avenue campus.

"The first call, we responded for a student who was being disruptive," said Sgt. James Robison. In that incident, school personnel took care of the situation, he said.

At 3:50 p.m., police again were called to the school when the same student sprayed the assistant North High principal with a fire extinguisher and pulled the school's fire alarm, Robison said.

The principal and several teachers restrained the boy until police arrived again, Robison said.

No school personnel were injured or needed medical care in the incidents, Robison said.

Only one person was taken from the school to Washington County Hospital and that was the student, according to a dispatcher at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications.


Pa. woman remains in critical condition at York Hospital

MARION, Pa. - A Marion woman remained in critical condition Monday night at a York hospital after being thrown from her vehicle while backing out of her driveway Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Naomi L. Keefer, 84, was backing out of her driveway at 240 Kennedy St. at 5:10 p.m. Saturday when she lost control of the vehicle, police said. The car crossed the road, struck a fence and continued in reverse, throwing Keefer out the unlatched driver's door, police said.

The unoccupied vehicle continued traveling in a circle and struck the victim in the legs, finally coming to rest against her legs, police said.

Keefer was in the intensive care unit at York (Pa.) Hospital.

Hagerstown man charged in robbery taken into custody

The man accused in the Feb. 28 armed robbery of a pizza delivery employee in the 400 block of Park Place was taken into custody Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Quintel Owens, 18, of 437 Park Place, was charged with one count each of armed robbery, robbery, concealed deadly weapon, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, possession of a handgun, misdemeanor theft and second-degree assault, police said.

Owens was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center, jail officials said Monday.

The victim told police he was threatened by a man with a handgun. The alleged robber fled on foot with a money bag and cash.

Through his investigation, Detective Steve Hoover applied for an arrest warrant for Owens. On Monday, Owens was seen getting into a vehicle on Park Place by Officer Todd Webster and Detective Shane Blankenship who were monitoring new surveillance cameras in the area, police said.

A patrol unit located the vehicle and made a traffic stop. Owens was taken into custody without incident.

Man found bleeding outside bar asks police to halt investigation

A man who was found outside a bar bleeding from head injuries Sunday night asked police to end their investigation into a possible robbery, Hagerstown City Police said Monday.

Police said Joey Eugene Guyer, 30, of the 400 block of West Franklin Street, had been waiting for a taxi outside the Corner Bar & Grill at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Jefferson Street.

When someone from inside the bar checked on him, they found him bleeding and reportedly saw a group of teens running away.

Police said they found some items near Guyer Sunday night, but he was not able to identify them until Monday. He told police nothing else was missing.

State Natural Resources Police advise against river activities

The Maryland Natural Resources Police said Monday that nonprofessional users of the Upper Potomac River should avoid the river and its tributaries through Wednesday because of unsafe water levels.

The advisory affects the river between Cumberland, Md., and Little Falls, near Washington, D.C.

The Natural Resources Police based its advisory on forecasts from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

Seat belt checkpoint near Valley Mall nets 551 citations

A joint seat belt checkpoint conducted in Washington County over the weekend led to 551 citations being issued for violations.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police troopers set up on Halfway Boulevard at Valley Mall on Friday and Saturday. The effort was financed by a Maryland State Highway grant, according to Deputy First Class Jim Clay.

In addition to the seat belt citations, 61 seat belt warnings were issued and one child safety seat violation, 14 unrelated citations and 25 unrelated warnings were issued.

One person was arrested on an outstanding warrant and a juvenile citation was issued for underage possession of a tobacco product.

Pa. man charged with providing police with false information

A Pennsylvania man who told Hagerstown City Police he shot himself in the leg was charged Sunday with providing false information about the incident, investigators said.

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