Police log for 4/7

April 07, 2003

Girl trapped between cars injured slightly

WILLIAMSPORT - A 17-year-old girl escaped serious injury early Sunday when she became trapped between her 1995 Ford Aspire and a parked Ford Escort in front of 15 W. Church St., Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

The girl apparently had been driving the Aspire when the parked car was hit. It wasn't known how she became trapped between the two vehicles.

Personnel from Williams-port Fire Co. freed the girl when Deputy Brian Burke arrived shortly after midnight.

She was taken to Washington County Hospital with minor injuries. She was treated and later released, deputies said.

City resident faces several drug charges

Members of the street crimes unit of the Hagerstown City Police charged a city man with several drug charges Friday after he allegedly sold cocaine to a confidential informant in the Jonathan Street area.

Rudolph Thomas, 30, of 814 W. Washington St., Apt. 1, was being held on $75,000 bond Sunday night at the Washington County Detention Center, jail officials said.


Thomas was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Because there was a brief struggle when he was taken into custody near Murph Avenue, Thomas also was charged with resisting arrest and hindering a police officer. No one was hurt.

Marked money from the informant was recovered at the time of Thomas' arrest.

Deputies looking for missing teen

WILLIAMSPORT - Washington County Sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for a 17-year-old resident of the Cedar Ridge Children's Home who failed to return to the home at 12140 Cedar Ridge Road after school on April 2.

Deputies said Todd Anthony Sheppard actually walked away from the home on April 1, but he showed up for school the next day. He left before deputies could contact him.

Sheppard is white, 6 feet tall and 150 pounds with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Deputies are asking anyone with information on Sheppard's whereabouts to call 240-313-2170.

Former city man faces rape, gun charges

A former Hagerstown man arrested last summer during a traffic stop on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has been indicted for rape in Chesapeake, Va., and is facing similar charges in Virginia Beach, Va.

Michael Shayne Brown, 31, is currently being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond while he awaits sentencing May 6 on a federal gun charge stemming from the Aug. 10 traffic stop, jail officials confirmed.

A 29-year-old Chesapeake woman told police that she awoke the morning of July 23 to find a man standing by her bed. The man had cut her window screen and climbed through, said Chesapeake Detective Mike Lawton.

Genetic testing has linked Brown to the crime and to a similar attack in Virginia Beach, Lawton said.

The man held a gun to her head before sexually assaulting her and stole $18 before fleeing, Lawton said. The woman called police and was taken to a hospital, where evidence was recovered.

Prior to the Virginia incidents, Brown had been charged with exposing himself in traffic on Interstate 70 in September 2001, court records in Washington County said.

A Warfordsburg, Pa., woman driving on I-70 near Clear Spring told police that a man in a car pulled up beside her and pointed at his exposed genitals.

Police tracked the car to the Londontowne subdivision. Brown tried to drive away, then jumped out of his moving car and ran, court records said. The car hit an Allegheny Power electric transformer.

Brown was later caught and charged with indecent exposure, malicious destruction of property and traffic violations, court records said.

Brown did not appear for a court date in Washington County Circuit Court last spring, so a warrant was issued, said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steve Kessell.

Circuit City TVheist is Crime Solvers case

A burglary from Circuit City in late January and the theft of four plasma television sets valued at more than $16,000 is the topic of this week's Crime Solvers case in Washington County.

Detective Shawn Schultz of the Hagerstown City Police said the store at 17766 Garland Groh Blvd. was entered through a hole cut in the roof between 7:21 p.m. Jan. 26, and 7:05 a.m. Jan. 27.

All leads in this case have been exhausted and Crime Solvers is seeking the help of the community.

Call Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day.

Callers need not give their names, only the information. If the information leads to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for the Crime of the Week, a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid.

Va. man injured outside W.Va. club

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Virginia man was injured early Sunday when he was repeatedly kicked in the head at Club Venus along W.Va. 9, West Virginia State Police said.

Anthony J. Nickens, 23, of Front Royal, Va., was listed in critical condition at Washington County Hospital Sunday night, a hospital spokesman said.

The beating occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. when a female employee was being harassed by some men at the club, which is near the Eastern Regional Jail, Sgt. C.C. Morton said.

Nickens tried to intervene and was knocked to the ground, Morton said. Nickens' injuries included at least three lacerations to the back of his head, Morton said.

The men involved in the attack fled the club before Trooper T.L. Lind arrived, Morton said.

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