Police log 6/21

June 21, 2003

Hagerstown man charged with rape

A 36-year-old Hagerstown man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl four times between May and June is being held on $350,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, according to Washington County District Court records.

James Jordan Shank, of 320 S. Burhans Blvd., was arrested by Maryland State Police Thursday, and charged with four counts of second-degree rape, one count of second-degree sex offense, one count of sex abuse of a minor, one count of child abuse and one count of second-degree assault.

The rape and sex offense charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The sex abuse and child abuse charges carry 15-year maximum penalties, and the assault charge carries a 10-year and $2,500 maximum.

A court date has not been set for Shank, but he waived a preliminary hearing during a bail review hearing held on video Friday, court records showed. District Judge Ralph H. France ordered Shank's bond to remain the same.


Suspect sought in stabbing incident

Hagerstown police are looking for a man in connection with a stabbing Friday at Noland Village.

Police said an anonymous caller told them the incident occurred around 5 p.m. Friday at the entrance to Court 4 at Noland Village.

The victim, Julius Ladipor Kaliku, 23, made his way to a nearby residence and asked the occupants for help, police said. Kaliku was bleeding from the left ribcage and the neck when police arrived and was transported to Washington County Hospital. His condition was unknown.

No further information was available on the suspect. Police are asking that anyone with information on the incident or the suspect call the Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, extension 234.

Frederick man held on drug charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was being held on $77,000 bond on several charges resulting from a street operation conducted by the Frederick Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit.

Tony Lavelle Wilkerson, 31, of Hillmeade Square in Frederick, was charged Friday with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, said Sgt. Wayne L. Trapp.

Police alleged that Wilkerson sold a quantity of crack cocaine to undercover officers in the area of East South Street and Franklin Street. As other officers moved in to detain Wilkerson, he fled and was caught after a lengthy foot chase, police said.

Tractor-trailer mishap jams traffic

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A tractor-trailer that jack-knifed in the southbound lanes of Interstate-81 about 8:20 a.m. Friday caused a three-mile traffic jam, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The cause of the accident at the 14-mile marker was not known, police said Friday morning. Nor in formation was available Friday night.

The truck was in the left lane. No injuries were reported.

Caution urged on water activities

The Maryland Natural Resources Police has issued an advisory that boating and other recreational uses of the Upper Potomac River, including creeks and streams, should be avoided.

River levels are hazardous from Cumberland downstream to Little Falls, police said.

The advisory has been extended through Monday.

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