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Police log for 5/8

May 08, 2003

City man charged with rape, assault


A 34-year-old Hagerstown man who allegedly forced a 17-year-old girl to have sex with him in January faces a rape charge after he was picked up on a warrant Tuesday night, according to charging documents.

Eric Wayne Friend, of 55 S. Potomac St., Apt. 409, was charged with second-degree rape, first- and second-degree assault, and causing a child to need assistance.

Friend was being held on $150,000 at the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday night.

According to charging documents, the girl and her boyfriend were staying with Friend and the girl's boyfriend and Friend had an argument on Jan. 29.

When the girl's boyfriend left the apartment after the fight, the girl was raped, court papers allege.




County school bus rear-ended by car


No one was charged Wednesday after a Washington County Public Schools bus was struck from behind by a car on Eastern Boulevard at a railroad crossing near Security Road, according to Sgt. Tim Baker of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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There were no students on the bus when the accident occurred at around 8:05 a.m., according to Washington County Emergency Services.

No injuries were reported and an ambulance was not required, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department, which was investigating the accident.

A 1994 Honda ran up underneath the back of the bus but both vehicles were able to drive away after the accident, said Deputy 1st Class John Martin.

The bus driver had stopped at the railroad tracks, as required by state law, and opened the door to listen and determine if a train was in the area when the bus was rear-ended, School Board spokeswoman Carol Mowen said. Bus drivers are required to turn on flashing lights when this is done, she said.

The bus driver had finished dropping off students at Northern Middle School and was on her way to pick up students to take to Pangborn Elementary School, Mowen said. After the accident was reported, a second bus was sent to pick up those students.

School Board officials will conduct an accident review to determine if the driver will need any post-accident training, Mowen said. This is done after every accident involving a school bus, she said.




Diesel fuel spills from tractor-trailer


Fire equipment personnel responded to a jackknifed tractor trailer on the eastbound ramp of U.S. 40 to westbound Interstate 70 at around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to find no injuries but a diesel fuel spill estimated at 80 gallons, fire officials said.

Personnel from the Special Operations Team for hazardous materials responded to mop up the fuel. Representatives of the Maryland Department of the Environment were on hand to make sure none of the fuel made its way into streams.

Fire police were called to the scene to ease the traffic problems caused by the closing of the ramp, which remained closed at 10 p.m.




W.Va. man faces forgery charges


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who police allege signed paperwork using another man's name after he was charged with shoplifting now faces a felony count of forgery of a public record.

Salvatore Friscia Jr., 34, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., also was charged with misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, assault and obstructing police. He was in Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday on $9,000 bail.

According to allegations in court records, Friscia took several items from the Lowe's store in Martinsburg and assaulted two employees. When police arrived, he gave them a driver's license belonging to another man.

Friscia did not look like the man whose picture was on the driver's license, but signed the name on the driver's license on a fingerprint card, according to Patrolman A.J. Mancine with the Martinsburg Police Department.

When contacted by police, the man said his wallet had been stolen.

Several hours after he was charged Tuesday evening, Friscia gave police his real name, records show. On court paperwork, Friscia signed his name as two big illegible loops, court records alleged.

A conviction on a forgery charge carries a possible sentence of two to 10 years in prison.




Area man charged with stealing car


A Cavetown man was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday night in connection with a stolen car found facing the wrong way along the shoulder of Interstate 81 on Tuesday, Maryland State Police said.

Gerald Edward Kendall, 54, was charged with theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said.

Kendall's bond was $10,000 bond, according to a booking official at the detention center.

Police said they received a call about a car going north on southbound I-81 at around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The 1995 Chrysler Cirrus belonging to a Shepherdstown, W.Va., resident had been stolen from Prime Outlets at Hagerstown between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, police said.




Nearly $1,000 worth of fragrances stolen


SCOTLAND, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of $930 worth of perfume and cologne Wednesday from the Victoria's Secret store in Chambersburg (Pa.) Mall.

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