Police log for 5/15

May 15, 2003

City man faces drug charges after agents search home

A city man faces multiple drug charges after Washington County Narcotics Task Force agents searched his home Tuesday and allegedly found smoking devices and cocaine in his bedroom.

Carl Lambert Custer, 29, of 233 S. Locust St. was being held Wednesday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $90,000 bond.

Custer was charged with three counts of narcotics distribution; three counts of narcotics possession with intent to distribute; four counts of drug possession, not marijuana; four counts of drug paraphernalia possession; two counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics; and two counts of being a community nuisance.

According to charging documents, police began investigating Custer on Feb. 18.

Bus driver, student hurt when bus runs off the road

POINT OF ROCKS, Md. - A Frederick County, Md., bus driver and a student were hurt Wednesday morning when the bus ran off the road into a ditch, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.


Karen Shea, 44, of Keedysville, experienced a medical emergency that caused her to lose control of the bus at 7:52 a.m. in the area of 1750 Canal Run Drive, police said.

Shea and one student were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Shea was treated and released, a nursing supervisor said, but the student's condition could not be determined.

Martinsburg residents sentenced on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - U.S. District Court Judge David A. Faber sentenced two Martinsburg residents on drug dealing charges Wednesday.

Travis Winfield Johnson, 28, of 800 Buxton St., was sentenced to 75 months in prison and three years supervised release. Johnson had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Helen Louise Robinson, 49, of 109 Centre St., was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years supervised release. Robinson had earlier pleaded guilty to maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing and using crack cocaine.

Sobriety checkpoints to be conducted this weekend

Two Washington County law enforcement agencies will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend, Maryland State Police said Wednesday.

State police troopers and Washington County Sheriff's deputies are cooperating for the operation.

"We want those who continue to drink and drive not to know the specifics of the checkpoint, only that we will be out there somewhere," said State Police Sgt. Steven L. McCarty. "This alone is a deterrent to drinking and driving."

Additional patrols this weekend also will be looking for drunk and drugged drivers, he said.

Rings reported stolen from Maugans Avenue home

Three rings were reported stolen Tuesday evening from a home in the 18100 block of Maugans Avenue, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

An emerald-diamond ring, a diamond "wrap," and a diamond band were reported missing, said Cpl. Roy Harsh. No value was given for the missing items.

Large American flag stolen from front of door company

A U.S. flag was reported stolen from in front of Jamison Door Co. at 55 Maple Ave. Tuesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

The flag was approximately 12 feet by 24 feet, said Dennis Davis, an employee at the company. He said he believed the flag was stolen between 5 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday.

He said the ropes to the flag were cut and the flag taken from the pole, which is lighted at night.

"It takes a lot of gall to do something like that," Davis said.

W.Va. man charged with possessing crack cocaine

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A man who was described as walking back and forth on a MARC train Tuesday night and acting strangely later admitted to police that he had crack cocaine in his buttocks, police alleged.

Darnell Lee Allen, 29, of P.O. Box 121, Harpers Ferry, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance into the state, court records said.

Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker said he received a call at about 8:23 p.m. about the man, who was riding a train from Washington, D.C., to Harpers Ferry.

Buracker was told the man was "shadow boxing" and talking to himself while he walked back and forth in the aisle of the train, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

The man got off the train at Harpers Ferry and Buracker caught up to him in a car that he stopped on Shenandoah Street, court records said.

As the man was pulling his hand out of a pants pocket, a white chunky substance fell onto the car seat, Buracker said. Buracker found a piece of suspected crack in another pocket and the man said he had crack in his buttocks, Buracker alleged.

Allen was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday night on $100,000 bond.

W.Va. woman faces one count of embezzlement

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