Police Log for 7/11

July 11, 2003

City woman faces assault charge after alleged attack

A Hagerstown woman faces an assault charge after allegedly trying to attack a man at his residence, according to court records.

Shirley Ann Grove, 60, of the 1100 block of Wayne Avenue in Hagerstown, was charged by Hagerstown City Police with first-degree assault for allegedly trying to attack Dale Robert Simmers, age unavailable, of the 1000 block of Glenwood Avenue, inside a carport at his home, court records said.

Records indicate Simmers told police that Grove, who he identified as one of his friends, came to his residence shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. When Simmers met her in the carport, Grove was wearing a red rope around her neck with two box cutters attached to it, according to records.

Grove then allegedly threw mail at Simmers, cursed at him and began lunging at him with a box cutter before Simmers ran into the house, records say. Records say Grove hit and kicked Simmers once inside the residence. There was no record of Simmers being stabbed or suffering any injuries.


Police said Grove, who said she had gone to the residence to drop off Simmers' mail, denied ever pointing the blade of the box cutter at Simmers when interviewed later at her residence.

A preliminary hearing for Grove is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Woman walking dog says man exposed himself in car

A woman walking her dog in the 1500 block of Marshall Street reported Wednesday that a man, who was approximately 75 years old, exposed himself to her, according to police.

Police said the unidentified man drove up to her in a newer model, white car with Georgia registration and asked for directions. When she got closer to the car, the woman saw he was naked and replied, "You are a hog," according to police

The man then drove away from the area, police said.

18-year-olds face charges after fireworks incident

JEFFERSON, Md. - Three 18-year-olds face assault charges after fireworks they allegedly lighted discharged early Thursday, hitting a Jefferson man in the face.

Police charged Joel Atwood, Rickey L. Ault and Phillip M. Backover, whose addresses were not immediately available, with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property. Atwood also was charged with possession to discharge without a permit, according to a news release from the office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Police said three teenagers were outside of a residence at 1:30 a.m. in the 4600 block of Newington Road allegedly lighting illegal fireworks, the release said. Upon hearing a noise outside of his residence, Benjamin O'Keefe, 22, opened the front door and was hit in the face with one of the fireworks, according to the release. O'Keefe suffered first-degree burns to the face, the release said.

Some of the illegal fireworks also damaged shrubbery and columns of the two-story home, causing about $100 in damage, according to the release.

Hagerstown girl, 14, reported missing by her mother

A 14-year-old Hagerstown girl has been reported missing by her mother, Hagerstown City Police said.

Bridgett Ashley Keene, of 39 Broadway, last was seen at home at 11 a.m. on June 15, police said.

Police have exhausted all leads concerning her whereabouts.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

Worker in fair condition after 15-foot fall from ladder

A Baker Installations employee was listed in fair condition Thursday at Washington County Hospital following a 15-foot fall from a ladder Wednesday.

Bruce Baker was trying to repair a cable connection at a residence in the 10400 block of Sharpsburg Pike when he fell, a Washington County emergency services dispatcher said.

The incident, which occurred at 4:34 p.m. Wednesday, first was believed to be an electrocution, but no electrical shock was involved, the dispatcher said.

Deputies respond to report of damaged swimming pool

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