Police log

July 17, 2003

Man charged with DUI, assault on officer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill man was charged with several misdemeanors after he threatened to beat a handicapped man and then tried to bribe a state trooper, West Virginia State Police alleged.

Kevin Eugene Green, 35, was charged with driving under the influence, assault, assault on an officer, improper registration and obstructing an officer, police said.

Trooper John Droppleman went to a house on Ernest Lane Tuesday evening after the man who lived there alleged that Green had threatened to beat him.

The man, Kenneth Fiddler, gets around with the help of a walker and is not able to defend himself, Droppleman wrote in court records.


While Droppleman was talking to the man, Green pulled up in his truck and ignored orders to pull over, but stopped after a brief pursuit, according to allegations in court records.

Green's breath smelled of alcohol and he made a threatening remark to Droppleman, records allege.

When Droppleman told Green that he was under arrest on a DUI charge, Green told the trooper that if Droppleman released him, Green would not harm or sue him, records allege. Green also made references to getting gasoline and fertilizer and blowing things up, Droppleman alleged.

City man faces theft, burglary charges

Washington County Sheriff's deputies charged a Hagerstown man with burglary and two counts of theft Wednesday in connection with a Tuesday evening incident.

Deputies said James Edward Childers, 34, of the 10,800 block of Oak Valley Drive, was charged with taking $24 from a home in Holly Terrace. Three members of the family alleged to deputies that they saw Childers' car parked in front of the house with the engine running and confronted him after seeing him climb out of the house through a bathroom window, deputies said.

Entry to the home was gained through a rear bathroom window, deputies said.

Police took Childers into custody Wednesday morning, according to deputies.

Childers was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond, deputies said.

Mulberry Street fire under investigation

Hagerstown firefighters were called to a fire in the first block of South Mulberry Street on Tuesday night.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown said firefighters were called out at 10:17 p.m. a fire in a third-floor apartment at 12 S. Mulberry St. The fire was reported knocked down at 10:25 p.m.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Wednesday, Brown said.

City engines 1, 2, 3; trucks 1, and 4; the Washington County Air Unit; and a Community Rescue Service ambulance were called, but no one was taken to the hospital, according to emergency dispatch records.

Area teen charged with false report

The Washington County Department of Juvenile Justice System on Wednesday charged a 17-year-old girl with filing a false report of a crime in connection with July 8 report of a sexual assault, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies said a 17-year-old Halfway resident, whose name was not released, who told authorities she was raped near her residence on July 8, lied about her activities preceding the alleged assault.

Pickup, tools missing from local work site

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received reports of the following crimes Tuesday and Wednesday:

  • A construction company working on Canal Road, Sharpsburg, reported a missing Chevrolet pickup truck and $5,000 in missing computers and tools that were taken from a trailer.

    The pickup had Pennsylvania tags YCN 6048.

  • A green and black Kawasaki XGR motorcycle was reported stolen early Wednesday from the 11300 block of Youngstoun Drive. The bike had Pennsylvania tags, HFV69. Its value was not listed.

  • A rear apartment window was found broken Tuesday evening at the Oak Ridge Apartments in the 10800 block of Downsville Pike. Nothing was reported taken. Damage was estimated at $250.

Tools, car stereo among stolen items

Hagerstown City Police reported the following crimes Tuesday:

  • Tools were discovered taken from a garage between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the 1000 block of Corbett Street. No estimate of loss was available.

  • A car stereo was taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 700 block of West Washington Street. Police said the stereo was valued at under $500.

Deputies looking for man on robbery charge

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was seeking information Wednesday on the whereabouts of Robin Eugene Lewis, who is charged with armed robbery.

Deputies also charged Lewis with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, robbery, false imprisonment and theft over $500 in connection with an April 2 incident at Michael's Craft Store in the 17,200 block Cole Road in Halfway.

Deputies say several money bags were stolen and a store employee was tied up during the robbery.

Lewis, who is wanted on burglary and vehicle theft charges in Frederick, Md., is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds, according to deputies.

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