Police log for 3/25

March 25, 2003

Local man injured in single-vehicle crash

A single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Beaver Creek Church Road sent the driver to the hospital with injuries, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Stanley Barrett Jr., 23, of 16612 Spiceberry Court, was driving a Ford Taurus at 4:10 p.m. near the intersection with White Hall Road when the car ran off the road and hit a utility pole, deputies said.

Barrett was taken to Washington County Hospital where late Monday night his condition was critical, a nursing supervisor said.

Deputy 1st Class Valerie Weaver was investigating the accident.

Woman charged with failing to register

A woman who authorities say failed to register as a child sex offender when she moved to Washington County last September could face up to three years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine if convicted.

Jeanie Lorraine Swanson, 46, of 455 W. Reckord Ave., Apt. 5, Cascade, was served with a criminal summons after she contacted the Washington County Sheriff's Department to register in mid-March.


The law says convicted child sexual offenders must register within seven days of moving into the county. A check of Swanson's background verified her criminal record in Washington state, deputies said.

Swanson will remain free pending her trial date of June 5, deputies said.

Graffiti, racial epithets spray painted on walls

Washington County Sheriff's deputies said graffiti and racial epithets were spray painted at Carpenter's World of Music on York Road in Halfway and on two Browning-Ferris Dumpsters behind the building.

Bright orange paint was used in each instance, which deputies believe happened between Saturday evening and 1:45 p.m. Monday, when the vandalism was discovered.

Deputies ask anyone with information on the vandalism to call 240-313-2170 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Driver in critical condition after crash

A motorist injured last Thursday while trying to avoid hitting a dog on Md. 418 near Ringgold was in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Monday.

Patricia Ann Savig, 49, of 1616 Nottingham Drive, North Mankato, Minn., was admitted to the Baltimore hospital Friday, according to Cindy Rivers, spokesman for Shock Trauma.

Savig was hurt when her car hit a tree during a rainstorm, Maryland State Police 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.

A 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.

Teens still missing from area group home

Three residents of a Hagerstown-area group home were still missing late Monday after they put a counselor in the trunk of his car and left him and his car in Baltimore earlier in the day, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Mark Knight said counselors from the Oak Hill House at 12806 Independence Road called police at 1:50 a.m. Monday, shortly after the three boys disappeared.

Knight said the boys - two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old - wrestled the counselor's car keys away from him and then forced him into the trunk. The boys drove to Baltimore and left the car with the counselor still inside the trunk, Knight said.

The counselor "was able to get out of the trunk and get back to Hagerstown" apparently uninjured, Knight said.

Knight said the boys are from Baltimore and had been placed at the Oak Hill House by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Deputies respond to vehicle vandalism calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls over the weekend.

  • It was reported early Saturday that a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle was broken into at the Funkstown Moose Lodge at 132 Old National Pike. Taken were a Columbia jacket, two pairs of pants and some cosmetic items. Damage was estimated at $200, and the value of the items taken was estimated at $135.

  • It was reported at 7:45 p.m. Saturday that a hood on a vehicle at Valley Mall was scratched about 20 times, causing about $300 in damage.

  • A Sony PlayStation video console and three video games were reported stolen at 12:30 a.m. Sunday from an apartment in the 400 block of Mountain Road. The items were valued at $350.

  • The front license tag to a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck was reported missing at 2:30 p.m. Sunday from the 19000 block of Jamestown Drive. The tag number is 16H661.

  • A Sony PlayStation 2 video game controller and games were reported missing Sunday from a Chevrolet Cavalier parked in the first block of South Conococheague Street in Williamsport.

  • A Jeep Wrangler was reported damaged at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the AC&T gas station at 725 N. Main St. in Boonsboro. The loss was estimated at $690.

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