Police log

August 26, 2003

Police investigating apparent shooting

Hagerstown City Police on Monday were still seeking information on a possible shooting Sunday evening near the 200 block of Bryan Place.

Several witnesses told police a man fired a handgun, possibly in an alley, but hit no one, Hagerstown Sgt. Steve Bussard said.

Bussard said no property was damaged.

Three white males and a black male carrying a black pistol and wearing a black jersey with the number 5 on the back were seen running in the alley after the shot was fired at approximately 9:22 p.m., police said. Two of the white males were wearing white T-shirts and one had on a red or orange T-shirt, police said.

Police questioned several people matching those descriptions, but no one was charged, police said.

No suspects were identified by police, a spokesman said Monday evening.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the Hagerstown City Police Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, extension 234.


Man charged after car runs into ditch

CRESAPTOWN, Md. - A Clear Spring man was charged with driving under the influence and negligent driving Sunday after his car went into a ditch, according to Maryland State Police in the Cumberland, Md., barrack.

Gerard Frank Laredo, 48, was driving a 1994 Mercury Sable north on U.S. 220 at the Big Claw at about 12:55 a.m. when the car went off the right side of the road into a ditch and landed on its right side, police said.

No one was injured, police said.

Dog reported missing from area home

A missing Chesapeake Bay retriever was among the incidents reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department over the weekend.

The dog, valued at $500, was reported missing at 11:30 a.m. Sunday from a home that was broken into in the 21700 block of Leitersburg Smithsburg Road, police said.

The dog has an implanted identification chip, police said.

Other weekend incidents were:

  • A bike valued at $100 was reported stolen Saturday morning from the 14300 block of Maple Ridge east of Hancock.

  • Lawn ornaments were damaged at two homes in the area of the Van Lear Manor neighborhood east of Williamsport, according to a Saturday morning report. Damage to ornaments at a home in the 10700 block of Greenwich Drive was estimated at $200. Ornaments at a home in the 16900 block of Reading Drive also were damaged.

  • Seventeen sterling rings valued at $425 were reported stolen at 9 a.m. Sunday from a Williamsport C&O Canal Days stand at the community center in Byron Memorial Park.

  • A water pitcher valued at $200 and a pretzel jar valued at $180 were reported stolen at 1 p.m. Sunday from a booth at Beaver Creek Antiques, 20202 National Pike.

  • Deck furniture was broken and a lawn mower valued at $100 was reported missing from a home in the first block of South Main Street in Keedysville on Sunday evening. Damage to the furniture was estimated at $200.

  • Jewelry valued at more than $500 was reported stolen at 7 p.m. Sunday from a home in the 18700 block of Rolling Road north of Hagerstown.

Women won't be charged with assault

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick City Police withdrew charges against a woman charged with striking her boyfriend with a vehicle.

Police said Jennifer L. Meadows, 27, of 2122 Bristol Drive, will not face charges related to an incident last Wednesday involving Gene Crabbe, whose age and address were unavailable.

Last week police charged the woman with first- and second-degree assault after Crabbe was struck at East South Street and South Market Street.

Bond set for man charged in stabbing

Bond for a New York man charged with attempted second-degree murder was set at $125,000 in Washington County District Court Monday.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies charged Eric Patrick King, 25, of Islip Terrace, N.Y., with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with a stabbing at a Williamsport business, according to court records.

Deputies were called to the Sheetz store at 100 E. Potomac St. at about 3:40 a.m. on Aug. 16 for reports of a large fight. Minutes later, a stabbing victim was found in front of Tony's Pizza at 10 E. Salisbury St., police said.

The victim, Adam Rowe, 29, of Boonsboro, suffered non-life-threatening stab wounds to his chest, abdomen and right forearm, police said.

Witnesses told police Rowe had been stabbed with broken glass from a beer bottle.

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said King was taken into custody at a motel.

He was being held Monday evening at the Washington County Detention Center, according to a center spokeswoman.

King's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sept. 17.

Bond lowered for man on drug charges

Bond for a West Virginia man being held on 13 drug charges in connection with a bust at the Dog Patch Tavern Friday was lowered to $250,000 at a bond hearing Monday, according to court records.

Michael W. Martin's bail initially was set at $400,000, records say.

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