Police log

October 14, 2003

Teen remains in critical condition

FAIRPLAY - A 16-year-old Washington County resident remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday after suffering third-degree burns from a campfire Saturday, a spokeswoman at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center said.

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.

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.

Man shot at pay phone in W.Va.

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department say a man who claimed to be shot at a Frederick pay phone actually was shot in another state.


Police said investigators determined Monday the victim, who was not identified in Monday's news release but was identified as Marcus Smith over the weekend, was shot in Charles Town, W.Va. Police also said the man was shot in the hip, though the original news release said Smith suffered a gunshot wound to his buttocks.

Smith allegedly told police he was shot while using a pay phone at the Lowest Price gas station near Seventh Street and Motter Avenue. Smith told police an older model, black Ford Mustang pulled up next to him at approximately 10 p.m., and a man demanding his wallet fired three shots from a handgun.

Smith was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital for the wound, police said.

Police said an investigation including officers from both jurisdictions is under way.

Pa. police charge city residents

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Police charged two Hagerstown residents with firearms violations stemming from a traffic stop early Monday.

Pennsylvania State Police at Chambersburg charged Eddie Steel, whose age was not released, with driving under the influence and persons not to possess firearms, and Maurice Steel, whose age was not released, with persons not to possess firearms and for a fugitive-from-justice warrant from Hagerstown. Police allege Eddie Steel was drinking alcohol before driving his vehicle.

Police said they found a firearm during a search of the vehicle.

Jewelry stolen from antique shop

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

  • Reported Sunday morning, $15,000 worth of jewelry was discovered missing from a showcase at Antique Crossroads, 20150 National Pike, near Hagerstown. The majority of items are believed to be rings.

  • A window was smashed and a vending machine broken into at Marcy's Laundry, 230 N. Main St., Boonsboro. The window's damage was valued at $200, damage to the machine $150 and $13 in snacks was missing.

  • Reported Saturday morning, a window was smashed on a Toyota Camry parked at Blockbuster Video, 13130 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.

Man, teen charged in area robbery

FREDERICK, Md. - A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were charged Saturday night in connection with a strong-arm robbery near the Potomac Commons apartments on Taney Avenue, according to Frederick City Police.

Deandre Cardell Mitchell, of Waldorf, Md., was charged with robbery, misdemeanor theft and second-degree assault. He was released from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $15,000 bond Sunday, according to jail information.

The 17-year-old, also from Waldorf, was charged with robbery and misdemeanor theft. He was released to his parents.

Police said at about 8:40 p.m., a man asked to buy drugs from a group of men. He gave one of them, the 17-year-old, a ride to the Potomac Commons apartments.

The 17-year-old took the man's keys, and Mitchell, who had followed the man in his car, allegedly punched the man and demanded his wallet, police said. Then they left in a Chevrolet Caprice, police said.

Police said they were alerted by a passer-by and stopped the Chevrolet on U.S. 15, and the man identified the two as the ones who robbed him.

Area residents face prostitution charges

FREDERICK, Md. - Three Frederick residents were charged with prostitution after an undercover police sting Saturday night, according to Frederick City Police.

Donald Eugene Thomas, 65, of the 100 block of East 5th Street; Mary Elizabeth Macrum, 47, of the 200 block of East 5th Street; and Thomas William Deal, 37, of the 200 block of East 5th Street, all faced a single charge of prostitution.

Pa. man charged in hotel robbery attempt

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was arrested early Monday by Pennsylvania State Police after he allegedly tried to rob the Comfort Inn, 3301 Black Gap Road.

Larry Armwood, 27, of 1463 State St., was charged with attempted robbery, attempted theft, simple assault and unlawful restraint in the incident, which occurred shortly after midnight, according to police. He was arraigned before District Justice David Hawbaker and committed to Franklin County Prison.

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