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Police log for 4/21

April 21, 2003

City man charged after police chases


Two brief car chases involving the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department Sunday ended when a city man wrecked into a stopped car on Leitersburg Pike.

Joshua Andre Lockley, 18, of 249 Jonathan St., was charged with numerous traffic and criminal charges, including felony auto theft, assault, malicious destruction of property, and fleeing from and eluding police, according to police.

Cpl. Chris Howard of the sheriff's department was called to 20021 Tillman Ave. in Hagerstown, where he found a woman who reported Lockley had stolen her 1987 Chevrolet Spectrum and damaged property at the residence.

Police said the incident stemmed from a child custody dispute.

The Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department checked on the reported stolen vehicle.

The Hagerstown Police Department found the car and got into a brief car chase, but lost it within the city limits.

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Deputy Ricky Whittington spotted the car on Leitersburg Pike near Hagerstown Cinema 10 and chased him eastbound until the driver of the Spectrum wrecked into a car stopped at the intersection of Meadow View Drive and Leitersburg Pike. No one was injured, police said.

Lockley was being held at the Washington County Sheriff's Office pending an appearance before a District Court commissioner.




Cooking pot in road filled with old food


FREDERICK, Md. - Concerned that a round cooking pot in the middle of a Frederick County road may contain explosives, the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal X-rayed the pot and then opened it, only to find food that was several days old.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Department blocked off the roadway Sunday around the covered steel pot that had been sitting at the spot for days.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the 11000 block of Fairmont Place off Browningville Road at 11:15 a.m. Sunday to check out the stainless steel pot, which was covered with a stainless steel lid and taped shut with black electrical tape. A witness said the pot had been there for days.

Three deputy fire marshals responded to the scene and X-rayed the pot. When they found the X-ray revealed no explosive devices, the pot's lid was removed.




Police seeking help in vehicle break-ins


Police are seeking help in solving several thefts from vehicles parked on Leiters Mill Road last month that resulted in a loss of more than $1,900.

On March 31, it was reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department that a Jeep Cherokee and a Ford Bronco in the 21300 block of Leiters Mill Road were broken into the night before.

Missing from the Jeep was a Pioneer AM/FM radio with a reported value of $252 and 12 compact discs valued at $15 each.

Missing from the Ford was a car stereo and tools reportedly worth $1,500.

Police said their leads have been exhausted and ask that anyone with information to call Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141, where anonymous tips can be left.

A cash reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the people involved in the crime.




Pa. men charged with selling crack


Three Waynesboro, Pa.,-area men were charged Friday with selling crack cocaine at a local tavern in November and December 2002, police said.

The Franklin County Drug Task Force assisted the Waynesboro Police Department with the arrests.

According to Waynesboro Police, those charged were:

  • Maurice Alexander, 24, aka "Mo," of 8776 Kings Road, Waynesboro, was charged with one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

  • Michael Adams, 25, of 23B Tritle Ave., Waynesboro, was charged with one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

  • Ralph "Mahlon" Simmons, 29, of 242 Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, was charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of driving under the influence.



All three men were charged based on separate exchanges with police informants in November and December at The Stardust Lounge, 27 W. 6th St. in Waynesboro, police said.

Adams and Alexander were committed to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. Simmons was committed to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. The preliminary hearings have not been scheduled.

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