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Police log for 4/25

April 25, 2003

Five face charges after traffic stops


Five people face drug charges after two traffic stops on local interstate highways Wednesday night, according to releases from Maryland State Police in Hagerstown.

At 7:15 p.m., a trooper on Interstate 81 stopped a red Ford Taurus heading southbound that was tailgating near the Potomac River bridge, according to a release.

The driver consented to a search, and inside a metal canister the trooper found what was believed to be methamphetamine. The trooper also found $3,000 in cash, which was seized along with the drugs, according to the release.

Gary L. Aungst Jr., 27, and Christopher John Adams, 29, both of Pine Grove, Pa., were charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said in the release.

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Both men posted $2,500 bond and were released from the Washington County Detention Center Thursday afternoon, a booking officer said.

At 10:10 p.m., another trooper stopped a black Oldsmobile heading west on Interstate 70 for driving 90 mph in a 65 mph zone east of Md. 66, according to a release.

After a police dog unit alerted police to a drug presence, police found suspected packages of marijuana and a smoking device, police said in the release.

Zeb Lee Sanbower, 19, Steven Dahl, 19, and a 17-year-old boy, all of Smithsburg, face charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, the release stated.

Sanbower and Dahl were released without bond, according to Washington County District Court information. Police said that the 17-year-old was released to his parents.




Shuttle driver faces sexual assault charge


FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Rockville, Md., man on charges relating to an alleged assault and indecent exposure that occurred in late February.

Vijayanand Chandra Mahabir, 40, of 14120 Whispering Pines Court in Rockville, was charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex offense and indecent exposure, the sheriff's department said in a news release.

The victim was a local woman returning from Baltimore-Washington International Airport late at night in a van owned by a Montgomery County airport shuttle service, the news release said.

After dropping off all the other passengers in the van the driver, Mahabir, allegedly made sexual advances toward the victim, the release said.

"Mr. Mahabir then attempted to sexually assault the victim while operating the van in a reckless manner," the release said.

Mahabir is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on $5,000 bond, the release said.




Juveniles charged with armed robbery


The Hagerstown Police Department Thursday charged three juveniles with crimes relating to a home invasion at a 45-year-old man's residence.

On April 1, three juvenile males entered the victim's home via an unlocked sliding glass door, police said. One of the juvenile males displayed a handgun, demanded money and took money from the home, police said.

The victim, who is wheelchair-bound, was not injured, police said.

The police charged each of the juveniles with one count of armed robbery, conspiracy, robbery, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, reckless endangerment and theft.

The juveniles were being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.




Woman charged with making false report


THURMONT, Md. - A 19-year-old Thurmont woman has been charged with making a false report of being raped and beaten, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

Kristi Rae Davis, 19, of the 16000 block of Kelbaugh Road, reported she was raped and assaulted by a former boyfriend on March 9 at a residence in Frederick County, the department said in a news release.

In a follow-up interview several days later, Davis said she wanted to withdraw the criminal complaint and later admitted she made up the story "to get her son back that night from her former boyfriend," the release said.

She was charged with one count of making a false report, the release said.

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