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Police log for 7/14

July 14, 2003

Woman charged after high-speed pursuit


A high-speed pursuit that began in Berkeley County, W.Va., early Sunday ended on a Hagerstown street with a damaged police cruiser and two of the assailant's car tires blown, Maryland State Police said.

The incident began shortly after 3 a.m. when the driver of a 1990 Chevrolet Celebrity allegedly forced a Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy off the road while traveling faster than 90 mph and then headed into Maryland.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Kyle George joined the pursuit on Interstate 81 at Interstate 70 while Trooper 1st Class Rob Embly deployed stop sticks just north of Halfway Boulevard. The suspect drove over the stop sticks, blowing out two tires, police said.

The vehicle continued onto the eastbound U.S. 40 exit in Hagerstown, where the driver rammed a cruiser driven by Trooper 1st Class Andy Smith. The vehicle stopped at the intersection with Devonshire Road and the driver, who police said resisted arrest, was removed from her vehicle by police.

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Kelli Jean Revell, 28, of 333 Pendleton Drive, Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, first- and second-degree assault, destruction of property and numerous traffic violations, police said.

She was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of injuries, police said. After she was released into police custody, she was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where she was being held late Sunday pending an appearance before a commissioner.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department, Hagerstown City Police and West Virginia authorities assisted in the pursuit.




Police looking for man in robbery


Hagerstown City Police are seeking help in finding a man who allegedly ran off with a man's boot after trying to rob him on North Potomac Street early Saturday.

The victim of the crime told police he was walking on the 300 block of South Potomac Street at 3:34 a.m. when he was approached by a white man who requested all of his money.

When the victim said he did not have any money and began to run away, the suspect chased him, caught up with the victim and kicked him in the face and rib area before allegedly taking one of his black leather boots, which came off in the prior struggle.

The suspect is described as a white male about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a white baseball cap.

Anyone with information concerning the robbery may contact the Hagerstown City Police Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.




Two charged in prostitution sting


FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit made two arrests during an undercover prostitution sting Friday afternoon in the area of 5th and North Market streets in Frederick.

An undercover female police officer posed as a prostitute during the 3 p.m. operation, police said.

Lawyer Alexander Hamilton, 26, of the 1400 block of N. East St., Frederick, was charged with solicitation for prostitution, police said.

Walton Briscoe Pinkney, no age available, of the 5000 block of Duke Court, Frederick, was charged with possession of crack cocaine after he allegedly offered to trade the cocaine for sex, police said.




Library evacuated after threat made


FREDERICK, Md. - No explosives were found after a man claiming to be a terrorist told a patron of the C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick Saturday afternoon that the building was "wired to blow."

The threat prompted the evacuation of the library at 5:14 p.m. and notification of adjacent businesses, Frederick City Police said. The area around the library was blocked while an explosives-sniffing K-9 was brought in to scan the building.

While the scan was going on, a man was spotted by police in the 100 block of South Market Street and was taken into custody.

Ronald Lee Cornwell, 55, no fixed address, was charged with threat of arson, police said. He was being held late Sunday on $5,000 bond, according to officials at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.




Engine restarts near Riverbottom dam


WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Service rushed to Riverbottom Park late Thursday after a boat's engine failure left three men drifting toward a dam.

Rescue service boat operator Richard Smallwood said county dispatch received a cellular phone distress call from the park at 11:58 p.m. Thursday. Apparently, three men, whose names weren't released, were testing a boat in the waters when they began drifting toward the power plant dam because of engine failure, Smallwood said.

Smallwood said the boat stopped about 10 feet from the dam when the men were able to restart the engine.

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