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April 07, 2003

Man charged with assaulting officers

CLEAR SPRING - A Falling Waters, W.Va., man is accused of assaulting several police officers and damaging two police cruisers early Sunday during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 east of Clear Spring, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Michael Brian Smith, 28, was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, resisting arrest, three counts of assault on police officers, three counts of malicious destruction of property and a number of license, registration and traffic charges including driving under the influence, police said.

A state trooper dispatched to a traffic accident on I-70 east of Clear Spring about 12:30 a.m. found Smith and two other people in a Volkswagon Cabriolet in a roadside ditch. The car was not registered and the West Virginia license plate on the car belonged to a Studebaker, police said.

Police allege Smith tried to flee while handcuffed but fell down and was placed in a police cruiser where he kicked the windshield and shattered it. He is also accused of kicking and spitting on three troopers who tried to restrain him and kicking the side window glass out of the police cruiser in which he was being transported, police said.


Both passengers in the Volkswagon, who were not identified, fled on foot but were apprehended while walking along the interstate, police said.

Smith was being held on $10,000 bond Saturday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

Baldwin House fire closes street

Hagerstown firefighters doused flames inside the Baldwin House complex on West Washington Street on Friday afternoon after debris inside the building caught fire, Hagerstown Fire Department officials said.

The fire was in the uppermost remaining floor of a building that is being torn down to make way for the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center, Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Justin Mayhue said Saturday.

Mayhue said officials believe the fire was caused by a cutting torch used by demolition workers.

The fire was confirmed out about 6:30 p.m., Mayhue said.

West Washington Street was closed for more than an hour between Summit Avenue and North Potomac Street during the fire.

17-year-old charged as adult in robbery

Hagerstown Police have charged a 17-year-old as an adult in connection with the armed robbery of a liquor store last October.

Russell Nelson Younker, whose last known address was 902 Hamilton Blvd. in Hagerstown, was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and robbery.

Younker was already being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $250,000 bond on prior narcotics charges. An additional bond of $100,000 was set on the new charges.

Police said that on the night of Oct. 30, a man entered Roxy Liquors at 287 Frederick St. showing a gun. Two men who had been at the counter ran, police said.

The robber pistol-whipped the 65-year-old clerk, whose name was not released, and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

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