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Police log for 7-31

July 31, 2003

Thief hits homes in Williamsport


A thief hit several homes in the Williamsport area between Monday night and Tuesday morning, taking unsecured items from yards and vehicles, according to Washington County Sheriff's Department reports.

At 9 a.m., residents at 15472 Falling Waters Road reported that two bicycles, a Schwinn and a Mongoose, valued at $100 each, were missing.

A half hour later, deputies were called to 15906 Falling Waters Road, where they were told that a purse containing $15 in one vehicle, and a portable compact disc player from another vehicle, had been taken.

At 11 a.m., deputies again were called, this time to 15540 Falling Waters Road. A car stereo had been taken from a 1996 Plymouth.

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Then at 2 p.m. at 8430 Neck Road, which crosses Falling Waters Road, a compact disc player and several discs were taken from inside a 1989 Pontiac Sunbird. The value of the missing items was $450, police said.

Twenty minutes later, at 16036 Spielman Road, deputies learned a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer had been entered and a cell phone was taken.

Sgt. Mark Knight, an investigator with the Sheriff's Department, said it wouldn't be clear for at least another day or so if this was going to be a persistent problem, but none of the vehicles from which items were stolen had been locked.

He said such thefts can be prevented by locking car doors and removing valuables from the vehicles.




Deputies investigate parked vehicle entries


The Sheriff's Department received the following crime reports:

  • A Chevrolet Cavalier and a Plymouth Valiant were entered early Wednesday in front of 10716 Oak Forest Drive, south of Hagerstown. The police report did not specify the type of items taken.

  • Two Ford pickups were entered early Wednesday in front of 10518 Bushwillow Way, south of Hagerstown. A cell phone and a cell phone charger, with a total value of $70, were taken.

  • Building supplies and tools worth $1,500, including scaffolding and a steel brick saw, were taken from outside 14733 Daley Road on Tuesday afternoon.





Man charged in stabbing at party


FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged this week with first- and second-degree assault in connection to a stabbing Saturday at a party in Knoxville, according to a release from the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Cory D. Benson, 18, of Virginia Lane, Frederick, also was charged with reckless endangerment. He was released Tuesday on $10,000 bond.

Police said they were called at 11:30 p.m. to Frederick Memorial Hospital because of a reported stabbing.

The investigation revealed that a man had been stabbed at a party on Cemetery Circle in Knoxville, and had knife wounds on his shoulder and hand.

Sheriff's detectives with a warrant searched Benson's home Sunday, where they seized unspecified evidence. Benson subsequently was charged and arrested.




City boy treated after pit bull bite


A Hagerstown boy was treated at Washington County Hospital late Wednesday evening after he was bitten by a pit bull.

The incident occurred at about 9:10 p.m. at 1012 Pope Avenue, according to Lt. Margaret Kline of the Hagerstown City Police.

A 7-year-old boy was on a rear porch when the owner of the adjoining residence came outside with the dog, Kline said. The dog bit the boy in the buttocks, causing a "bruising-type injury," according to Kline.

Kline said she would not classify the incident as an attack.

The dog owner, who was not identified, is required to quarantine the dog at the residence for 10 days, according to Washington County Health Department guidelines. The health department is expected to inspect the dog within the quarantine period, Kline said.

The dog had recently been vaccinated for rabies, Kline said.




Five men, one juvenile face drug charges


FREDERICK, Md. - Police arrested five Frederick men on drug charges and a juvenile, who was not identified, on drug distribution charges after a sweep at a Housing Authority property Wednesday.

Police said officers arrested five people along Pennsylvania Avenue between 4 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.

Police charged Mark D. Cheeks, 42, with possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia; Donald E. Warfield, 41, with possession of crack, driving on a suspended license and driving the wrong way on a one-way street; Eugene C. Spencer, 43, with possession of crack cocaine; Joseph L. Davis, 51, with possession of crack cocaine; and Michael M. Moore, 51, with possession of crack cocaine, theft and motor vehicle theft.

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