Police log

October 02, 2003

Police probe death of 21-year-old man

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Department is asking for help from the public in an investigation into the death of a 21-year-old Frederick man.

The Sheriff's Department said deputies found Joshua W. Crawford, no address available, bound with duct tape on July 2 when they were called to 6949 Exeter Court, Apt. 104, for a cardiac arrest report. When deputies arrived at the residence, Crawford already was dead, according to deputies.

Deputies are asking anyone with information to call the Tips Line at 301-644-4131.

Two Frederick men face drug charges

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department charged two Frederick men Tuesday with drug offenses.

Police charged Donald A. Henderson, 20, of 1418 Taney Ave., and Ralph L. Jennings, 19, of 201 Madison Ave., each with distribution, possession and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Police also charged Henderson with giving a false name to police and Jennings with possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun in the commission of a felony.


Police allege Henderson sold crack cocaine to undercover officers involved in a street-level drug operation near the Carver Apartments. Jennings, who was with Henderson, repeatedly reached for his waistband as officers attempted to search him, police alleged. Police alleged they found a semi-automatic handgun with a fully loaded magazine hidden in his pants.

Both men were being held Wednesday at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, a detention center spokesman said. The spokesman said Henderson was being held without bond, while Jennings was being held on $70,000 bond.

W.Va. man accused of theft of appliances

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was charged with receiving stolen property in connection with the theft of $4,000 worth of appliances from the Huntfield development south of Charles Town, a Charles Town Police Department spokesman said Wednesday.

Charged was Joshua D. Stevens, 33, of 237 Rankin Circle, Detective Mark Spessert said.

Three kitchen appliances that were stolen from Huntfield were recovered when city police detectives, with assistance from Berkeley County Sheriff's Department investigators, searched a home at 237 Rankin Circle Tuesday, Spessert said.

Rankin Circle is located in the Berkeley Station area of Berkeley County.

An investigation was continuing, Spessert said.

Hyundai is taken in Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 1997 dark green Hyundai Tibourn was taken from the 300 block of East Congress Street, Charles Town Police Detective Chris Kutcher said.

The car had several scratches on the hood and minor damage to the driver's side, Kutcher said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call the police department's Criminal Investigation Division at 304-725-2714.

Police investigate pharmacy break-in

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A CVS Pharmacy in the Hill Dale Shopping Center was broken into on Sept. 25 and police are looking for the public's help in providing any information about the incident, a Charles Town Police Department spokesman said.

The store, along U.S. 340, was entered through a roof vent, Detective Chris Kutcher said.

The person who broke into the pharmacy then used a rope to lower himself or herself into the store, Kutcher said.

Kutcher declined to offer more details about the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident may call the police department's Criminal Investigation Division at 304-725-2714.

Pa. man uninjured in crash on interstate

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A North Hills, Pa., man was uninjured in an accident Monday on Interstate 81, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Francis Potter was driving a 2003 Chevrolet south in I-81 near Antrim Township, Pa., at about 1:45 p.m. when he swerved to avoid a piece of metal debris in the roadway. Potter's car left the roadway, struck the grass embankment and rolled over on its roof, police said.

Potter was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Pa. man is charged with simple assault

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Montgomery Township, Pa., man was charged with simple assault as a result of a domestic dispute early Monday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Leon Eugene Bingaman, 32, of 5192 Rice Hollow Road, was charged with assaulting Tammy Bingaman, 29, at their home in an incident reported at 1:34 a.m., police said.

Teen faces indecent assault counts

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 14-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile with four counts of indecent assault for having improper contact with a 10-year-old girl, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the incidents occurred between Sept. 18 and Monday in a home in Guilford Township, Pa. While the boy and girl lived in the same residence, police said they are not related.

The boy was placed in the Abraxas youth detention center pending a juvenile detention hearing, according to police. Charges against him were filed by the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department, police said.

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