Police log for 5/14

May 14, 2003

Three students face weapons charges

Two students at E. Russell Hicks Middle School were charged Tuesday with possession of a deadly weapon on school property after a sixth-grade girl allegedly took a folding knife to the school, and a seventh-grade boy allegedly kept it for her during the day, Hagerstown City Police said.

This knife was the second weapon police recovered from the school this week, Officer Steve Cromer said Tuesday.

Cromer said the 12-year-old girl allegedly had made threats against other students, but did not have the knife with her. When teachers investigated, they found the boy was keeping it, Cromer said.

The girl was taken into police custody and released to her mother, Cromer said. Cromer made a "paper arrest" of the boy, in which he was charged but not taken into custody.

"This was not a pocket knife," Cromer said. He described the knife as having a 4- to 5-inch blade that folded from the body, and a handle molded for better grip.


Cromer said another seventh-grade boy was charged by paper arrest Monday with deadly weapon possession at the school.

Teachers received a tip that the boy might have some sort of weapon, and a search of the boy's locker turned up a pair of nunchucks, Cromer said. Nunchucks are martial arts weapons usually made of two short wooden or metal sticks separated by a short chain.

Cromer said the school reacted quickly in both incidents, and no one was injured. He said those were the first weapons recovered at the school since he was assigned this school year as the resource officer for South High and its feeder schools, which include Hicks.

City man wanted for parole violation

Hagerstown City Police are asking for help in finding a Hagerstown man originally charged with distribution of cocaine who violated his probation.

A bench warrant was issued Feb. 25 in Washington County Circuit Court for Richard Eugene Roberts Jr., 49, whose last known address was 427 McDowell Ave.

Roberts is described as white; 6 feet, 2 inches; 290 pounds; with blond hair and blue eyes.

Police ask anyone with information to call investigators at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

Anonymous tips can be left by calling the Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

W.Va. man sentenced on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for a federal drug dealing conviction.

Charles J. Lewis, 40, of 424 W. King St., was sentenced to 188 months in prison and three years supervised release, said U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston.

Lewis had pleaded guilty in January to one count of distributing crack cocaine on April 13, 2000, in Martinsburg, Johnston said.

The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force investigated the case and it was prosecuted in federal court.

Five get prison on drug convictio

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - U.S. District Court Chief Judge Irene M. Keeley sentenced five Berkeley County, W.Va., residents to prison for drug charges last week.

  • David Lee Creamer, 45, of 200 E. Stevens St., Martinsburg, W.Va., was sentenced to 57 months in prison and three years supervised release. Creamer earlier pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine.

  • Gena Marie Dunphy, 21, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was sentenced to 135 months in prison and five years supervised release and was ordered to forfeit $7,206. Dunphy had earlier pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

  • Robert Lukehart, 22, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was sentenced to 92 months in prison and three years supervised release. Lukehart had earlier pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine.

  • Christopher Shade, 37, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was sentenced to 112 months in prison and four years supervised release. Shade had earlier pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine.

  • Herbert Snyder Jr., 38, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was sentenced to six months in prison and three years supervised release. Snyder had earlier pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin.

Vehicle engine parts stolen from garage

LIBERTYTOWN, Md. - Numerous engine parts were reported stolen Tuesday from a Liberty Road garage, Maryland State Police said.

Aluminum heads, headers, push rods, cam shafts and roller rockers fitting a 30-cubic-inch engine were taken from a garage in the early morning hours, police said.

Anyone with information may call Maryland State Police at 301-694-4150.

Police searching for missing teen

Hagerstown City Police were on the lookout for a 15-year-old girl reported missing last Thursday after failing to show up in Hagerstown as expected on a Greyhound bus from Fort Walton, Fla.

Elizabeth Dawn Phillips is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

Detective Patricia Moulton said the girl was known to have left Florida on May 7. There is information she was seen at the Greyhound terminal in Dothan, Ala., that day.

But when the bus pulled into Hagerstown, the girl wasn't on board, Moulton said.

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