Police log

August 30, 2003

Police to increase presence for holiday

Law enforcement agencies are increasing their presence this holiday weekend.

Maryland Natural Resources Police officers will be out in force in marked and unmarked vehicles, targeting people who are operating vessels under the influence of alcohol, the agency said in a news release.

Maryland State Police, working with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Frederick City Police, were scheduled to conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night through early this morning.

Gun charge brought after traffic stop

Maryland State Police charged a man with possession of a handgun during a traffic stop Friday morning, police said.


Gerald Fear Sr., 40, was charged with having a handgun in his vehicle and was released on personal recognizance, Washington County District Court officials said.

Trooper Todd Weaver said in a news release that he stopped a car because it was speeding and he noticed the vehicle registration tags had expired. When he told the driver his registration was expired and he would be issued citations, the driver became irate and began cursing, then behaved aggressively after being asked to step out of his vehicle, Weaver said.

The driver later calmed down and apologized, but at one point he allegedly grabbed a duffel bag containing a .25 cal. handgun, Weaver said. He was then arrested for the handgun violation.

Task Force arrests 3 on drug charges

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force arrested two men and a girl on drug charges earlier this week.

On Tuesday the task force used a confidential informant to arrange a controlled purchase of one-half ounce of cocaine in the parking lot of a business on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown, the task force said.

Eric Miller, 23, of 236 Frederick Street, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of paraphernalia - cocaine and possession of heroin.

Miller was in custody at the Washington County Detention Center Friday night on $50,000 bond.

Rafeefe A. Yarbrough, 26, of 110 W. Bethel St,. was charged with single counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of paraphernalia - cocaine.

Yarbrough was not in custody Friday night, detention center officials said.

A juvenile female was arrested for possession of marijuana and released into the custody of her mother.

Phone lines down; service not affected

Washington County had trouble with some of its phone lines for about seven hours Friday but no 911 calls were affected, Emergency Services Director Joe Kroboth said.

From about noon to 7:30 p.m., county employees were able to make but not receive calls on its regular nonemergency phone lines, he said. Calls to 911 were not hampered.

Verizon fixed the problem later in the day.

Kroboth said he did not know the nature of the problem.

Frederick man hurt as car leaves lot

FREDERICK, Md. - A Rockville, Md., man was in serious but stable condition Friday evening at University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore after being struck by a vehicle leaving the scene of a fight Friday in the parking lot of X2, formerly Exhale, according to Maryland State Police and a hospital spokeswoman.

Three people were struck by the vehicle, the front bumper and right front passenger door of which were left in the parking lot, police said.

Antonio Luis Jimenez, 28, was flown to Shock Trauma. Vanessa Patrice Huskey, 20, of Frederick, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital by friends, police said.

Huskey was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The third victim, whose name was not available, refused treatment at the scene, police said.

A large fight ended in the 5854 Urbana Pike parking lot around 2:06 a.m. Friday when state police doing routine checks arrived, police said.

Anyone with information can call Maryland State Police at 1-301-644-4151.

Martinsburg police investigate break-ins

MARTINSBURG, W.Va - The Martinsburg Police Department is investigating a rash of thefts and break-ins involving several parking meters in the downtown area, police said.

About 25 parking meters have been broken into and their coin deposits taken, and about 25 meter heads have been taken from their base, police said. The primary areas are the 100 and 200 blocks of East King, East Burke, East Martin, East John and South Queens streets, police said.

It is believed that the meters may have been taken to an awaiting vehicle or a residence nearby, police said.

The Martinsburg Police Department is asking anyone with information about the thefts to call police at 1-304-264-2100 and Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

Man found sleeping faces drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man Martinsburg City Police found sleeping Friday morning allegedly had drugs, weapons and jewelry in his car, police said.

James Tomblin, 31, was sleeping in front of Quik Chek on Rock Cliff Drive, police said. An officer searched a car identified as belonging to the man and found a .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol, two boxes of ammunition, several pieces of crack cocaine and numerous pieces of jewelry, police said.

Tomblin's driver's license was also revoked for driving while under the influence, police said.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and driving revoked for DUI, police said.

He was in custody Friday at Eastern Regional Jail on $10,500 bond.

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