Police log for 8-7

August 07, 2003

Man charged with marijuana possession

Hagerstown City Police received the following crime reports Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • On the midnight to 8 a.m. shift Wednesday, Terrence J. Gafford, 22, of 106 Eastview Drive, Hagerstown, was charged with possession of marijuana.

    Police alleged he was seen at the Sheetz on the Dual Highway and Cannon Avenue with drugs, and police stopped him in the 100 block of Mill Street.

    According to Washington County District Court information, a court commissioner released Gafford on his own recognizance.

  • On the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift Monday, two autos were damaged in front of 30 Avalon Ave. The windshield to a 1992 Oldsmobile van was broken and the roof of a 1995 Dodge was dented.

Pocketbook stolen, car window smashed

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following crime reports Tuesday:

  • A pocketbook was reported taken between noon and 3 p.m. at the Food Court at Valley Mall. The pocketbook contained $15 in cash, paychecks and a cellular phone.

  • A passenger-side window of a Ford Contour parked at Valley Mall was broken out, causing $100 in damage.

Md. man charged with drug distribution

FREDERICK, Md. - A 20-year-old Columbia, Md., man was charged with drug distribution early Wednesday after police conducted a sting operation, according to Frederick City Police.


Michael Martey Hammond, of the 7200 block of Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, Md., was charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and two counts of crack possession.

Hammond was awaiting a hearing before a Frederick County District Court Commissioner.

W.Va. man charged with embezzlement

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was charged with embezzlement in connection with $102 taken from a machine at Charles Town Races & Slots on July 13, court records say.

Tyler Frankenberry, 19, of 2008 Thatcher Road, was free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Frankenberry was charged Wednesday after West Virginia State Police Trooper James C. Long met with track investigator John Jeffries, court records say.

Jeffries said Frankenberry was working in the gaming section that day when he went to a dispenser to obtain $102 for a customer, court records say. There was a delay in the dispensing of the money so Frankenberry requested an override ticket to obtain money from a vault, court records say.

After he paid the customer, he went back to the machine and noticed it had paid out $102, which he put in his pocket, court records allege.

W.Va. resident faces drug delivery charges

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town resident was arrested Wednesday after a confidential informant purchased 40 oxycontin tablets at a home off Huyette Road, court records say.

Letitia Ellerbeck, 59, of P.O. Box 609, was charged with delivery of a schedule two narcotic, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Police investigating death of area man

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police were investigating the death of a 39-year-old man whose body was found Wednesday in his house near Chestnut Hill Road, 1st Sgt. Deke Walker said.

There was nothing to indicate foul play was involved, but police were arranging an autopsy to determine cause of death, Walker said.

Chestnut Hill Road is on the Blue Ridge Mountain near Harpers Ferry.

Woman's condition improves to fair

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The condition of a State Line, Pa., woman injured in a July 27 motorcycle accident has been upgraded to fair, according to a Hershey Medical Center spokeswoman.

Victoria Chapman, 46, of 15610 Cresap Ave., had been listed in critical condition for more than a week after the accident, which occurred south of Chambersburg on Interstate 81.

The operator of the motorcycle, Bennie E. Lansberry, 52, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was killed in the 7:22 p.m. crash, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Both were thrown from the motorcycle when it struck a guardrail, police said.

W.Va. man convicted on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 28-year-old Martinsburg man was convicted of federal drug charges Tuesday after a two-day trial in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Julian Demont Pace, of 319 Boyd Ave., was convicted on two counts of distributing crack cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston.

Pace was convicted of one count of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and one count of the distribution of crack cocaine on March 21, 2002, between Race and Centre streets in Martinsburg, Johnson said in a news release.

Pace, who is federal custody, faces a maximum sentence of five to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million on the conspiracy count; and a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million on the distribution count.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

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