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Police log for 4/18

April 18, 2003

Boy charged in kidnapping caught


A 16-year-old boy wanted for allegedly kidnapping an Oak Hill House counselor and stealing his car last month was picked up Thursday in Baltimore and returned to Washington County.

Michael James Allen, 16, formerly of Baltimore, has been charged as an adult in the March 24 incident, according to Washington County Sheriff's Investigator Greg Alton.

Allen is charged in the warrant with kidnapping, robbery, second-degree assault, two counts of theft, false imprisonment and motor vehicle theft, Alton said.

He was being held on $250,000 bond Thursday.

Last month, Sgt. Mark Knight said at about 2 a.m. on March 24, Allen and two 15-year-old boys at the Oak Hill House group home near Clear Spring wrestled car keys away from the counselor and forced him into his trunk.

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They then drove to Baltimore, where they let the counselor out of the car and then fled, Knight said last month.

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

Alton said one of the two other boys has been in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice for some time. The second boy is still at large.




Police looking for missing city teen


Hagerstown City Police are on the lookout for a 16-year-old Hagerstown boy who has been missing from his home since Sunday.

Nicholas Stephen Allen Doorn is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 170 pounds, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He may have a burn scar on his left foot.

He was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt, black cargo pants and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Police are asking anyone who has seen Nicholas to call 301-739-8577, ext. 281, and ask for Detective Patricia Moulton.




Ohio driver faces drug charges


An Ohio man was arrested Wednesday when Hagerstown City Police found four ounces of crack cocaine with an estimated value of as much as $12,000 during a traffic stop, police said.

Desmond McGriff, 23, of Cleveland, was pulled over by Hagerstown City Police at South Potomac and Antietam streets just before 8 p.m. Wednesday

McGriff was charged with one count each of high volume drug possession, possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug other than marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and resisting arrest, police said.

The maximum penalty for the combined charges is up to 14 years in prison and $140,500 in fines, police said.

McGriff was being held Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.




Stolen tarp reported at Boy Scout camp


SHARPSBURG - A large tarp was stolen and three window panes reported broken Wednesday at a Boy Scout camp northwest of Sharpsburg, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The window damage was estimated at $50 and the 20-foot-by-15-foot tarp was worth $30, police said.

The camp is at River and Powell roads.




Officials:Tavern fire may have been set


FREDERICK, Md. - State fire officials believe a fire Thursday morning at the Olde Towne Tavern on North Market Street was intentionally set inside the building, according to a release from the State Fire Marshal's office.

The fire, which was reported by a neighbor at 3:16 a.m., took firefighters five minutes to bring under control, according to the report.

The fire caused $5,000 in damage to the bar at 325 N. Market St. and no one was injured, according to the report.




W.Va. man charged after alleged assault


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 42-year-old Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man was charged with domestic assault and domestic battery after he allegedly struck his daughter in the head and back when she lost a track race at Charles Town Middle School Tuesday, court records said.

The man, who was released on a personal recognizance bond, is not being named to protect the identity of the daughter.

The incident occurred when Charles Town Police responded to Charles Town Middle School for a domestic situation, Jefferson County Magistrate Court records said.

An officer first spoke with the man's wife, who said her husband became upset after their daughter lost a track race and quit the team, court records said.

The man's wife and daughter said a confrontation occurred but denied a domestic assault or battery took place, court records said.

Nine witnesses, however, saw the man strike his daughter in the head and back area several times, court records allege.




Track worker charged with embezzlement


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town Races & Slots employee was charged with three counts of embezzlement Tuesday after he allegedly pocketed money from drink orders at the track, police said.

John David Tennyson, 18, of P.O. Box 50, faces the three counts, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

An investigator at the track told West Virginia State Police that Tennyson would ring up orders for food at the track but would pocket money for drink orders, court records said.

Tennyson later told Trooper James Long that he took money three times for a total of $75, court records said.

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