Police log for 5/7

May 07, 2003

Pilot lands plane safely at airport

A pilot who on Tuesday afternoon reported smoke in the cockpit of his plane to tower personnel at the Hagerstown Regional Airport landed safely and no emergency services were needed, dispatchers at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications said.

The call went out at 3:29 p.m. for an "Alert One," which is considered a minor problem. The plane landed on Runway 27.

Emergency equipment was on hand from the airport. The Maugansville Fire Co. equipment was cancelled en route to the incident.

Police looking for man on theft charges

Hagerstown City Police were on the lookout for Dwayne Edward Benner for alleged violation of probation on a theft charge.

Benner, 38, is white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 130 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes. His last known address was 302 S. Locust St., Hagerstown.


Police have a Washington County District Court bench warrant for Benner issued on March 4.

Man faces host of charges after crash

A 20-year-old Knoxville man allegedly was hill hopping early Sunday when his vehicle, with four passengers, crashed head-on into a woman in her car in the 20000 block of Dogstreet Road near Keedysville, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department press release.

Dwayne Keith Redman Jr., of 19605 Yarrowsburg Road, was charged with driving an unregistered vehicle, driving with switched tags, reckless driving, negligent driving, driving without insurance, failing to stay right of the center line, failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision, and driving at a greater than reasonable speed, deputies said.

Redman was listed in serious condition Sunday and Monday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the 1988 Subaru he was driving collided just before 1 a.m. Sunday with the late-model Ford, said police, emergency and hospital officials.

On Tuesday, a hospital spokesman in Baltimore said Redman had been discharged. It could not be determined whether he was discharged home or taken to another hospital.

The driver of the Ford, Suzanne Thackston, 43, of Sharpsburg, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released. Contacted Monday afternoon, she said she was recuperating at home.

Dep. David Fortson said the four passengers in Redman's vehicle were taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment. Their conditions were not available Tuesday night.

Fortson said Redman's vehicle crested a hill on Dogstreet Road and went airborne, striking Thackston's Ford.

Ring, cash stolen from area home

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following reports Monday.

  • The resident of a house on the 18100 block of Maugans Avenue reported missing a $2,500 diamond ring and $247 in cash at 7:15 p.m. Police said the resident believed the theft might have occurred Saturday.

  • A vehicle parked on the 900 block of Orchard Manor Drive in Boonsboro was found at 6:30 p.m. with its sides keyed, and mulch thrown inside and stuffed inside the tailpipe. Damage was estimated at $500.

  • An Allegheny Power vehicle and guard station at 10425 Downsville Pike reportedly were shot with some kind of weapon at around 7 p.m. The damage to the vehicle's windshield and the shack window were $240.
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