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Police log for 3/21

March 21, 2003

ATV taken fromshed in county


The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following calls Wednesday and today:

  • A four-wheel all-terrain vehicle was reported stolen at 1:30 p.m. yesterday from a storage shed in the 11000 block of Garrison Hallow Road near Big Pool.

  • A rock thrown Wednesday night at a Chevrolet Monte Carlo caused $300 in damage to the driver's side door in the 100 block of Cumberland Street, Clear Spring.

  • Reported at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, a house in the 13400 block of Rockdale Road near Hicksville was broken into, things were thrown around, but nothing was taken.





Police charge woman with petit larceny


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A New Market, Md., woman was charged with petit larceny after a video tape at Charles Town Races & Slots showed a woman taking another woman's purse and emptying the contents into her purse on Tuesday, court records said.

Glenda S. Dunaway, 54, of 6721 W. Lakeridge Road, New Market, was free on $3,500 bond, according to court records and jail officials.

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Cpl. Ward Sigler said he went to the track at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and discussed the video tape with Dunaway.

She told Sigler she found the purse, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Several items from the victim's purse were found in the suspect's purse, including ATM cards, Sigler said.




Woman in critical condition after crash


RINGGOLD - A motorist who witnesses said was trying to avoid hitting a dog during a rainstorm Thursday evening ran off Md. 418 and her car hit a tree, Maryland State Police said.

Patricia Ann Savig, 49, of 1616 Nottingham Drive, North Mankato, Minn., was in critical condition at Washington County Hospital Thursday night, a nursing supervisor said.

Trooper 1st Class R.R. Coccodrilli said Savig was the sole occupant of a 2003 Ford Taurus that was traveling toward Hagerstown from Pennsylvania north of Md. 60 when the 6:47 p.m. accident occurred.

The witness told Coccodrilli that the driver of the Taurus wasn't able to see the dog in her lane until the last second because of the heavy rainfall.

The car plunged down an embankment and hit a tree, he said. The dog was not injured.




Man free while awaiting sentence on drug charge


BALTIMORE - A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute the drug Ecstasy was free pending a July 30 sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Motz.

Ryhan Weaver, 21, whose last known address was on Grouse Lane, could face up to 20 years in prison, according to agents at the Hagerstown Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) office.

Court records said an investigation launched in Hagerstown revealed that between November 2001 and the end of July 2002, Weaver and members of his organization sold thousands of Ecstasy tablets to undercover DEA agents in the Hagerstown area.

The pills were being sold for between $15 and $20 each, DEA agents said.

Jeffrey Piper, 21, of Marion, Pa., and Christopher Douglas, 23, of Montgomery County, have been charged in the same conspiracy, DEA agents said.

Piper's case is pending in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, DEA agents said.

Since appearing initially in U.S. District Court after his arrest on Aug. 23, Douglas has failed to appear for subsequent court appearances and is considered a fugitive, DEA agents said.




W.Va. man pleads guilty to heroin distribution


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Romney, W.Va., man entered a guilty plea Thursday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David Joel to a charge of distribution of heroin.

John Paul Smith, 35, was in custody and could face up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of $1 million. In his plea, he admitted distributing just under a gram of heroin in Hampshire County.

The case was investigated by the Potomac Highland Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.




Police investigate thefts of lawn ornaments


SMITHSBURG - The thefts of lawn ornaments from two residences this week were being investigated by the Smithsburg Police Department.

Between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, a red glass ball and stand were taken from the front lawn of a North Main Street home, police said. The items are valued at $40.

Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, a decorative wooden birdhouse on a stand was taken from a home on Orndorff Drive. This item is worth $50.

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