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Police log for 4/2

April 02, 2003

Police investigating assault of teenager


Maryland State Police were seeking possible witnesses to an assault that occurred Friday night in the area of Building 10804 in the Oak Ridge Apartments, leaving a teenage boy with head wounds that required several days of hospitalization.

Sgt. Steve Ganley said the incident came to the attention of police at 10:30 p.m. Friday night when an Oak Ridge Apartments resident returned home from work and found the victim under some stairs.

"The resident noticed he was only wearing a T-shirt and boxers," Ganley said. Blood was seen on his shirt and in his hair.

Troopers and an ambulance responded and took the 17-year-old boy to Washington County Hospital, where he remained all weekend, Ganley said.

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An interview with the boy's grandmother revealed the boy had been involved in an altercation with her over money earlier that day at her residence on Clubhouse Drive, also in the Oak Ridge area.

The boy left but came back about 90 minutes later to a vacant townhouse where he used to live with his mother, Ganley said. The boy, who was reportedly bleeding at that time, was told to go back home so he wouldn't miss curfew.

A short time later, he was found by the man coming home from work, Ganley said.

Police ask that anyone with information about the assault call 301-739-2101.




Home burglaries concern police


BRUNSWICK, Md. - Three recent burglaries in the southeast area of Brunswick have police warning residents and business owners to take extra precautions.

The home burglaries occurred on 4th Avenue and 9th Avenue between March 25-30, according to Police Chief C.R. Price. In each case, the time was between 3 and 11 p.m., Price said.

The burglary at the Brunswick Medical Center on 9th Avenue was reported Tuesday at 1:30 a.m.

Entry into the homes was made by forcing rear basement doors while the residents weren't at home. Jewelry, cash and a handgun were taken.

The medical center was entered through a construction entrance door which was also forced. Nothing was believed to have been taken from the center, Price said.

Police ask people to report any suspicious activity to the police department immediately by calling 301-834-9101.

Police also ask that residents leave rear porch lights on and take additional security measures, especially at ground level entrance doors and windows.




W.Va. man charged in armed robbery


FREDERICK, Md. - A West Virginia man who was stopped March 12 after a chase through Frederick County has been charged with the Feb. 27 armed robbery of the Mobile Station in New Market, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Wilbur Patton Crampton, 32, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was served with the new charges at the Frederick County Detention Center, where he has been held since the chase, deputies said.

The new charges are one count each of armed robbery, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and felony theft; and two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, deputies said Tuesday.

In addition to speeding, Crampton had already been charged with negligent, reckless and aggressive driving, fleeing and eluding, driving while suspended and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

There were also drug charges of possession of cocaine and heroin and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, deputies said.

The chase began when Deputy 1st Class Mike Ochoa tried to stop a vehicle for speeding and reckless driving, police alleged. The vehicle led deputies and Maryland State Police on a chase that ended at 7th Street and Schley Avenue in Frederick, where the driver bailed out, police said.

Crampton was apprehended after a brief foot chase, deputies said.




Auto thefts may be related, cops say


The same person may be responsible for two thefts from autos Monday along the 21300 block of Leiters Mill Road, Sgt. Mark Knight of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

It was reported at 7 a.m. that a Jeep Cherokee had been broken into. Missing was a Pioneer AM/FM radio with a reported value of $252 and 12 compact discs valued at $15 a piece.

At 10 a.m., just a few doors down, a Ford Bronco was reported broken into. A car stereo and tools were missing, with a reported value of $1,500.

Also reported Monday to the Sheriff's Department:

  • A tailgate was reported stolen from a 1995 Ford pickup truck along the 19900 block of Beaver Creek Road.

  • A factory-installed stereo was reported stolen from a GMC Suburban parked at Boonsboro Middle School. The reported loss was $500.






Medical examiners identify victim of fire


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 73-year-old woman who died in a house fire early Sunday in the John Brown Farm subdivision has been identified as Mary Jo Crawford, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said Tuesday.

Medical examiners used dental records to help them verify her identity, according to Sgt. Deke Walker.

Crawford owned the ranch-style log home that burned to the ground, Walker said.

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