Police log for 5/10

May 11, 2003

Pizza shop manager robbed

BOONSBORO - Two men wearing ski masks robbed the manager of Town Center Sub and Pizza on Friday night, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

At about 11:30 p.m., the men grabbed Philip Pierre Aversa and took two green Hagerstown Trust deposit bags containing an undisclosed amount of cash, checks and coins, police said.

The suspects ran south on Reeders Alley, police said.

Aversa was unable to tell police if the men had any weapons.

Deputies combed the area but could not find the men.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Investigator Ryan Shifflet at 301-791-3020.

Police say toddler found

A toddler who was allegedly abducted by her mother in fall 2002 was found Saturday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Maria Gabriela O'Brien, 3, turned up when friends of her mother brought her to Washington County Hospital for treatment of an illness.


She is in the custody of the Maryland Department of Social Services, police said.

The girl's mother, Maria Margarita O'Brien, has been charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and abduction of a child by a relative, police said.

On Aug. 15, 2002, Maria Margarita O'Brien, allegedly refused to return the child to her father, Thomas O'Brien, police said.

Social Services, who had custody of the girl, tried to pick up the child but were unable to find her at the Adams Avenue house where her mother was living, police said.

The girl was officially reported missing on Sept. 4, 2002.

Man faces assault charges

BOONSBORO - A Boonsboro man was taken into custody Thursday night after he allegedly beat his wife, who had a protection from abuse order against him, then refused to come out of his house, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Curt John Scott, 39, of 18360 Manor Church Road, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and violation of a protective order, police said.

He was jailed overnight and released on personal recognizance Friday, police said.

Police were called to the Scott home about 10 p.m. for a 911 hang-up and possible domestic assault. Mari Scott told police her husband smashed her face and head against the kitchen cabinet and beat her with it.

Mari Scott was treated by medics, but refused to go to the hospital because her small child was at the house, police said.

Couple charged with possession

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force charged a Hagerstown couple with drug offenses after a search of their home Thursday.

James Junior Alford, 23, and Arnette Danielle Alford, 21, of 115 E. Franklin St., were each charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Correctional officer faces steroid charge

A state prison correctional officer was charged Thursday with dealing illegal steroids, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said.

Thomas Michael Mease, 41, was charged with possession with intent to distribute testosterone, possession of testosterone and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

Police allegedly found 13 vials of testosterone when they searched his home at 300 S. Antietam St., Funkstown.

Mease was taken into custody at Maryland Correctional Training Center, where he works, police said.

Two face drug charges

Police charged two Hagerstown residents with dealing crack cocaine after an undercover operation, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said Friday.

Tara Denise Dorsey, 20, of 134 W. North Ave., and Tareq Javon Yarbrough, 25, of 513 Reynolds Ave., were charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

Counterfeit $10 straced to teen

FREDERICK, Md. - A 17-year-old Frederick resident was charged with fraud after counterfeit $10 bills were found at some stores Thursday, police said.

The teenage defendant, whose name was not released, was charged with four counts of fraud under $500, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

The Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Secret Service investigated after fake bills were passed at the Mountaindale General Store and the Mountaindale Convenience Store in Thurmont, Md., on Thursday afternoon.

Authorities obtained a description and license plate number of the vehicle in which the suspects who passed the bills left.

Police said counterfeit $10 bills also showed up at D&B Liquors, Sunshine Liquors and the Burger King on Routzahn's Way. Seven bills were seized.

The investigation is continuing.

Hagerstown boy struck by vehicle

FREDERICK, Md. - A 10-year-old Hagerstown boy was hit by a car in Frederick on Saturday afternoon but was not seriously hurt, police said.

Carter Baer Cruz ran between parked cars on the 200 block of Madison Street and into traffic, Frederick Police said.

Jay Crispin Arnholt of Frederick was going east when his car hit Carter, police said. He was not charged.

Police said Carter was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with minor cuts. He was treated and released.

SUV hit by train;occupants escape

FREDERICK, Md. - A freight train struck a sport utility vehicle on Reels Mill Road south of Frederick early Saturday, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

Two occupants of the vehicle were able to get out just before the collision.

The driver, Steven Vincent Stone, 23, of 823 Stratford Way, Apt. C, Frederick, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police said the rear wheels of Stone's 2000 Ford Expedition got stuck on the railroad tracks when he pulled off the road. About 1 a.m., a CSX freight train hit the Expedition.

The engineer applied the brake in advance and estimated the train's speed to be 32 mph when it hit the Expedition.

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