Police log

October 13, 2003

Woman charged with threatening roommate

A Hagerstown woman was taken into custody Thursday night after allegedly threatening a roommate with a handgun, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Monekia Yvette Denkins, 31, of 19907 Fairmont Court, is charged with first-degree assault and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. She was released Friday morning on $50,000 bond.

Police said that at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday they were called to 19907 Fairmont Court, where Melissa Calhoun alleged her roommate, Denkins, had pulled a gun on her during an argument. No shots were reported fired and no one was injured, police said.

Denkins handed over the gun, a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, and was arrested, police said.

Police investigating Salem Avenue robbery

The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating a robbery early Sunday in the 700 block of Salem Avenue.


Police said a man struck the victim, who was not identified, in the face and stole her pocketbook at about 1:50 a.m. Police described the man as a heavyset Hispanic male in his mid- to late-20s. The man last was seen in an older model car, possibly a Ford Taurus, wearing a blue shirt and sweat pants, police said.

The woman declined medical treatment, police said.

Police request that anyone with information call the department at 301-790-3700.

Burn victim remains in critical condition

FAIRPLAY - A 16-year-old Washington County resident remained in critical condition Sunday after suffering third-degree burns from a campfire Saturday.

Dustin W. Smith suffered the burns after attempting to ignite a campfire in the 17500 block of Spielman Road Saturday evening, a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The release said Smith poured gasoline on the fire.

Smith was being treated Sunday evening at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where his condition was not upgraded after approximately 24 hours, a spokeswoman said.

Neighbors told investigators they heard an "explosion" as the gasoline vapors ignited, observed Smith running from the campfire and extinguished the 16-year-old's enflamed clothing, the release said.

Boy charged in fire

HALFWAY - Authorities charged a 13-year-old boy with malicious burning and reckless endangerment in connection with a fort fire near the Halfway Manor Apartments Sunday morning.

A news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office alleges the boy, who was not identified, intentionally set fire to a children's play fort located in a wooded area to the rear of the apartments at 10:48 a.m. The case was referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice, the release said.

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