Police log

July 06, 2003

Man held in alleged pool skimmer attack

MAUGANSVILLE - A Maugansville man was jailed on $15,000 bond Saturday after his wife and two sons were allegedly attacked with a pool skimmer in the back yard of their home, Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies said.

The incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. at a home at 14104 Maugansville Road, police said.

Anthony Wayne Benner, 42, of that address, was charged with one count of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault and two counts of child abuse, police said.

Police said Benner and his wife, Debra Benner, were arguing in the back yard. Benner is accused of picking up a metal pool skimmer and hitting his wife in the lower back. The couple's two sons, ages 12 and 14, saw the attack, attempted to intervene and were also assaulted, police said. Deputies said all three were injured.

Benner, who was inside the home when deputies arrived, was arrested without incident, police said.


Martinsburg's Fourth celebration peaceful

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police in Martinsburg reported no serious problems at the Fourth of July celebration Friday night at War Memorial Park.

Police officials in Hagers-town and Chambersburg, Pa., also reported no fireworks-related problems or injuries at their celebrations.

Martinsburg Police Department Chief Ted Anderson said citations were issued to six people for charges of intoxicated in public or public consumption of alcohol. The citations were issued well before the fireworks began, he said.

No fights erupted in Martinsburg, Anderson said. Last year, numerous fights caused the fireworks finale to be delayed for around 30 minutes.

Break-ins, vehicle theft may be related

HALFWAY - The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating vehicle break-ins and the theft of a pickup that are believed to be related.

In the last week, seven unlocked vehicles in the Halfway area have been broken into and items such as change, stereo equipment and sunglasses have been taken, police said.

The vehicles were parked on Ontario Drive, Cloverleaf Road, Bower Avenue and Mount Williams Circle, police said.

On Wednesday night, a 1994 Chevrolet pickup was reported stolen from Wolford Avenue. It later turned up in a wooded area off nearby Irene Drive, police said.

Police are asking the owner of a cell phone with the number 301-991-9002 to call them. The phone may have been stolen and the owner does not yet realize it, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Greg Alton at 301-791-3020.

Police called to scene of U.S. 40 accident

Maryland State Police in Hagerstown on Saturday were called to the scene of a traffic accident on U.S. 40 at the entrance to Greenbrier State Park in which several persons were injured.

The accident occurred around 1:40 p.m.

A state police spokesman said Saturday night that a report on the accident and the names of those involved would not be available until this morning because troopers were tied up at the concert and fireworks display at Antietam National Battlefield.

Crash injures five

FREDERICK, Md. - Five people were taken to hospitals after an accident Saturday morning on Md. 144 at the Monocacy River, Maryland State Police said.

Sue Luckenbaugh, 40, of New Market, Md., was traveling west on Md. 144 in a 1993 Chevrolet Corsica when she crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming 1995 Dodge Truck, said Sgt. Steve Hassett at the state police barrack in Frederick.

Police were called at 9:55 a.m., and Luckenbaugh was flown by helicopter to Washington County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Hassett said. She was admitted to the hospital but her condition was not available Saturday night.

Luckenbaugh was charged with failure to drive right of center, Hassett said.

Apassenger, Emily Luckenbaugh, 3, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, Hassett said. A hospital spokeswoman said Saturday night she had been released.

Ira Morgan Sr., 52, of Walkersville, was driving the Dodge truck. He, Justin Morgan, 11, of Walkersville, and Connie Van Ravensburg, 54, of Frederick, were also taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, Hassett said. They were all treated and released, the hospital said.

Man charged in assault on officers

A Hagerstown man was being held Saturday afternoon on $50,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center after being accused of assaulting three police officers, Hagerstown Police said.

Thomas Raymond Borum III, 24, of 260 Potomac Heights, faces four counts of second-degree assault and two counts of disorderly conduct, including one count of failing to obey police orders, police said.

Borum allegedly was arguing with a woman on the 400 block of North Locust Street, Sgt. Paul Kifer said. When police arrived about 5 a.m. Saturday, they asked him to leave. When he did not, police arrested him.

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