Police log for 3/26

March 26, 2003

Student pilot survives rough landing at airport

A student pilot taking his Federal Aviation Administration flying test Tuesday afternoon ran into a problem when the nose landing gear of his twin engine Piper Seneca collapsed as he came in for a landing at the Hagerstown Regional Airport and the plane skidded about 1,000 feet.

Damage to the plane was heavy but neither the pilot nor his passenger - an FAA examiner - was hurt, said Phil Ridenour, chief of the airport fire department.

"It wasn't the pilot's fault," Ridenour said.

As he came in for a landing shortly after 4 p.m., the plane's lights indicated the landing gear was down and locked but when the nose gear came into contact with the runway, it collapsed, Ridenour said.

He said the student passed his test.

Driver listed in critical condition at hospital

The driver in a Monday afternoon single-vehicle accident on Beaver Creek Church Road was listed in serious condition Tuesday at Washington County Hospital.


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, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Arrest warrant issued in kidnapping, car theft

The Washington County Sheriff's Department had an arrest warrant for a 16-year-old boy who police say helped kidnap a counselor and steal his car.

Sgt. Mark Knight said Michael James Allen, 16, of Baltimore was being charged as an adult. Allen is charged in the warrant with kidnapping, robbery, two counts of theft, false imprisonment and motor vehicle theft.

Knight said that at about 2 a.m. Monday, Allen and two 15-year-old boys at the Oak Hill House group home in Clear Spring wrestled car keys away from the counselor and forced him into his trunk. Then they drove to Baltimore, where they let the counselor out of the car and ran.

Police said the boys also took $130 from the counselor, who was able to drive back Monday, and was not injured.

No arrests had been made in this case as of late Tuesday night.

Vandalism reported at auto dealerships

Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Department were investigating incidents at three auto dealerships in the 10300 block of Auto Place early Monday.

  • Hagerstown Kia reported Monday morning that two vehicles were broken into, said Sgt. Mark Knight. He said it was unclear whether anything was taken.

  • Hagerstown Honda reported that windows to a Honda Accord and a Subaru had been broken out, and the cars' batteries were removed, Knight said.

  • Sharett Inc., a General Motors dealer, reported license tags were stolen off a 2003 Pontiac Montana van. The tags were M918010, Knight said.

Knight said damage estimates were not available.

Deputies respond to vandalism calls

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

  • A 7:30 p.m. Monday it was reported that a rock was thrown through a window of a 1982 Volvo station wagon. Damage was $400.

  • A window of a Volkswagen Golf was reported broken Tuesday morning at the Longmeadow Exxon at 19348 Leitersburg Pike. Damage was $100.

Ambulance driver cited after crash

WILLIAMSPORT - The operator of a Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service vehicle was issued a negligent driving citation Tuesday afternoon when he didn't stop for a red light at the intersection of Md. 68 and Spielman Road, Maryland State Police said.

Richard Lee Smallwood Jr., 29, of 2130 Dargan Road, Sharpsburg, was eastbound at 4:20 p.m. on his way to an emergency call with his lights and siren on, according to Trooper 1st Class Kim Barnes.

Failing to stop at the red light, Smallwood's ambulance collided with a 1993 Ford Escort driven by Kevin Hanford Willis, 19, of 7911 Pendleton Court, Boonsboro, Barnes said.

After the impact, the ambulance ran into the guardrail. Both vehicles had to be towed, Barnes said.

Smallwood and Willis were both treated at Washington County Hospital and released. There was no patient in the ambulance, Barnes said. A passenger, Angela Marie Bussard, was not injured.

An ambulance from Halfway was dispatched to handle the call originally assigned to the Williamsport ambulance, said Assistant Fire and Rescue Communications Chief Bardona Woods.

Brothers face drug charges following search

After a search and seizure at their home Monday night, two Maugansville brothers are in jail on drug charges, according to Washington County Narcotics Task Force Director Pete Lazich.

Jeremy Adam Ebersole, 22, of 13834 Maugansville Road, Apt. A, was charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

He was being held on $35,000 bond Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

Bradley Joseph Ebersole, 23, same address, was being held on $7,500 bond. His charges include one count each of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Agents and deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Department conducted the effort as the result of an ongoing narcotics investigation, Lazich said.

Evidence gathered Monday included drug paraphernalia, marijuana and cocaine.

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