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April 09, 2003

Va. man charged with assault

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Virginia man was arrested on a sexual abuse charge Monday after a 15-year-old boy complained to police that someone tried to grab him while he was using the bathroom at the Charles Town Wal-Mart, according to court records.

The boy said he went into one of the stalls in the bathroom of the store at about 11:15 a.m. on March 18, Jefferson County Magistrate Court records say.

After the boy pulled down his pants, he heard an individual in the next stall making "strange noises," court records said.

The person in the next stall then said "let me see it" and reached under the stall partition, court records allege.


The boy ran out of the bathroom, court records say.

Cpl. Tom Hansen of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department later inspected the stall the boy was in and noticed a hole that had been bored in the partition, court records say.

Kevin Layne McGauley, 37, of 11279 Russell Road, Purcellville, was charged with assault and attempted third-degree sexual abuse, court records said.

McGauley was free on $5,000 bond.

Rigs reported stolen are found at Sheetz

Two tractor-trailers reported stolen in a weekend theft from PJAX Freight Systems in Williamsport were found Tuesday in a parking lot behind the Sheetz convenience store on Sharpsburg Pike at Oak Ridge Drive.

Investigator Chris Weaver with the Washington County Sheriff's Department said it was his hope that someone saw who left the rigs in that visible, busy location.

"The rigs are very distinctive," Weaver said. The tractor cabs are royal blue with the letters "PJAX" in white and the trailers are white with blue letters.

A forensic team was sent in to collect evidence, Weaver said.

The trailers, which were virtually empty, were taken from the firm's property at 11557 Hopewell Road in Williamsport, deputies said.

The goods missing include three riding lawn mowers, six backpack blowers, two plastic play gyms and five pieces of farm machinery, deputies said.

The vehicles alone were valued at $170,000, deputies said.

The thefts were discovered at 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

Deputies are asking anyone with information to call 240-313-2170.

Car overturns on Interstate 70

HANCOCK - A car overturned on eastbound Interstate 70 at the 3-mile marker at Hancock at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday, sending one person to Washington County Hospital with minor injuries, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

The accident, which was called in as a car on fire down an embankment, involved no fire and was cleared up quickly, police said.

Responding to the accident were Hancock fire and ambulance personnel, along with a rescue unit from Clear Spring. Hancock ambulance took the one patient to Hagerstown.

No further details were available Tuesday night.

Hazardous water levels on Potomac

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Friday because of hazardous water levels, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Tuesday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Cumberland, Md., to Little Falls, Va., because of recent rain, a Natural Resources Police news release said.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white-water paddlers.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life-threatening situation because of hypothermia wave action, high velocity or treacherous current.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

For the latest information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

Man's condition remains serious

A 31-year-old Hagerstown man whose vehicle hit a guardrail on Eastern Boulevard early Monday remained in serious condition Tuesday at Washington County Hospital.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies said Jorge R. Medina was driving on Eastern Boulevard south of Md. 60 when his vehicle struck the guardrail, which punched through the front of the car and out the rear, trapping Medina inside, deputies said.

Thefts reported by deputies

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies filed the following reports:

  • A Taurus 9 mm semiautomatic pistol valued at $400 was reported stolen from a home in the first block of South Conococheague Street in Williamsport.

  • An Isuzu Rodeo was reported broken into at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 16100 block of Elliott Parkway near Williamsport. Compact discs were reported missing, and the SUV's side window was broken, for a total loss of $780.

  • A cable switch box valued at $10 was reported stolen Monday at 9 p.m. in the 13700 block of Exline Road near the Allegany County, Md., line.

  • A home in the 20500 block of Woodbridge Drive near Hagerstown was reported broken into at 12:30 p.m., and a chandelier was damaged. The loss was $500.
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