Police log

July 03, 2003

Smithsburg police seek information on missing teen

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Police Department said it is looking for a teenager who was last seen last June 25 at his parents' home.

John Russell Jones, 17, is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a light-colored T-shirt, white sneakers and a backpack. He also may have been wearing shorts, Smithsburg Police Chief Mike Potter said.

Potter said Jones last was seen at his home at 111 Sherri's Way in Smithsburg, and he also has been seen in Waynesboro, Pa., which is where police believe he may be staying.

Frederick police investigate suspicious death of man

FREDERICK, Md. - Police on Wednesday were investigating the suspicious death of a 21-year-old Frederick man.


The Frederick County Sheriff's Office responded to the 6900 block of Exeter Court at 12:41 p.m. Wednesday for a reported heart attack.

When deputies arrived, they found the man dead.

Maryland State Police are assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information may call the Tips Line at 301-644-4131.

Police seek woman who saw Centre at Hagerstown theft

Police said they are looking for a woman who saw a June 3 theft near Circuit City at the Centre at Hagerstown, Hagerstown City Police Detective Chris Kayser said Wednesday.

The woman saw two men take a generator from the back of a pickup truck on June 3 between 7:30 and 8 p.m. at 17766 Garland Groh Blvd. in front of Circuit City, Kayser said. The men then loaded the item into a green Dodge Neon, Kayser said.

The woman reported the theft to the victim, who didn't take her name, Kayser said. Police need the woman to identify the suspects, Kayser said.

Kayser asked that she contact police at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

Teen taken to hospital after bike runs into vehicle

A bicyclist was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after running into the side of a vehicle Wednesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

The 13-year-old boy was taken to Washington County Hospital after the 5:48 p.m. accident on Hillcrest Road near the intersection of View Street, police said. His condition was unavailable.

The boy was riding his bicycle and came out of an alley, hitting the passenger's side of a vehicle driven by Douglas Kelley, 41, of Hagerstown, police said.

No charges were filed against the driver, police said.

Sheriff's office will target drunk and aggressive drivers

The Washington County Sheriff's Department will be working overtime to target drunk and aggressive drivers during the holiday weekend.

In addition, the sheriff's department reminds residents and visitors of possible traffic delays due to the Fourth of July celebrations.

Deputies will be on hand:

  • Tonight in Boonsboro's Shafer Park for fireworks and related events.

  • Friday night in Williamsport's Byron Memorial Park for a concert, fireworks and related events.

  • Saturday night's concert and fireworks at Antietam National Battlefield.

Six face prostitution charges following sting in Frederick

FREDERICK, MD. - Six people face prostitution charges after Frederick City Police ran a sting Tuesday night near 5th and North Market streets, according to police.

Michele Lynn McGinley of West South Street was charged with solicitation for prostitution, police said. Police alleged she solicited an undercover male police officer.

Five men also face single charges of solicitation of prostitution, police said. They alleged the men propositioned an undercover female officer for sex in exchange for money.

Police identified the men as Philip Kurt Maenner of Gambrill Park Road in Frederick; Richard Allen Fawley of Finn Drive in New Market, Md.; David Alfredo Martinez of Adam Road in Frederick; Johannes Van Graan of Bamburg Court in Frederick; and Frederick Earl Powell of Willow Oak Drive in Frederick.

All were released except McGinley, who was at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $1,000 bond.

Boy charged in connection with firework incident

A 13-year-old Hagerstown boy was charged with second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property Wednesday after a firework was thrown at some children playing on a trampoline, Hagerstown City Police said.

The incident was reported at about 4 p.m.

A woman told police that her son, grandson and granddaughter, ages 11, 7 and 6, were playing on a trampoline in the backyard when four boys walked by on Marshall Street.

One of them lighted a firework and threw it over the fence. It landed near the children and burned a hole in the trampoline, police said.

No one was hurt.

The boy who was charged was released to the custody of a parent, police said.

Fight over game leads to charges for 11-year-old

A fight over a game Wednesday led to charges against an 11-year-old Hagerstown boy, Hagerstown City Police said.

Another 11-year-old boy told police he was chased with a stick and a box cutter after a fight over a game at 221 Summer St. at about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The boy was charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct before being released to a parent, police said.

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