Police log

October 30, 2003

Hagerstown man held on gun violations

A Hagerstown man was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond in connection with alleged gun and protective order violations.

Maryland State Police in Hagerstown arrested Elliott R. Deshong, 37, no fixed address, in connection with alleged threats against his wife.

Deshong was charged in the warrant with theft of a handgun and violation of a protective order, 1st Sgt. Rick Narron said.

Narron said police were called at 5:45 p.m. Monday for a domestic dispute in the 5300 block of Sharpsburg Pike.

The woman alleged to officers that Deshong produced a handgun and said if she called police he would hurt her and police, police said.


Narron said Deshong was gone when police arrived, but he was seen driving a Dodge van registered to his estranged wife.

His wife had obtained the protective order in September, Narron said.

Dog that bit boy is euthanized

WILLIAMSPORT - Washington County Humane Society Executive Director Paul Miller said the agency was still investigating a Sunday incident in which a dog bit off a portion of an 8-year-old boy's ear.

Miller said the dog was turned over by its owner, Brian Hoffman, of 38 W. Potomac St., and euthanized Tuesday.

An 8-year-old boy lost part of an ear Sunday when he was bitten by a shepherd-husky mix at a West Potomac Street residence. The boy underwent surgery at Washington County Hospital on Sunday evening, Miller said.

Miller said tests were being done on the 2-year-old dog to determine whether it had rabies.

Miller said the humane society continued to investigate the incident because it received conflicting reports from Hoffman and the father of the boy. Miller said there is a dispute between the two about whether the child entered the dog's pen.

W.Va. woman faces 56 counts of forgery

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town woman has been charged with 56 counts of forgery, 51 counts of fraudulent use of credit cards and one count of fraudulent schemes in a case that involved thousands of dollars worth of charges made on credit cards, said court records.

Zetta D. Slusher, 47, of 222 Evergreen St., was charged Wednesday, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Slusher, who also was charged with 13 counts of uttering, is free on $10,000 bail.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy William Parker said he was notified on Aug. 14 that credit cards were being used fraudulently, court records say.

A total of $2,172.93 worth of the charges were made at the Wal-Mart store on U.S. 340 in Charles Town, Parker said in a criminal complaint.

Man, 77, robbed by two men in his home

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - A 77-year-old man was robbed of $85 after two men entered his house in Kearneysville Tuesday night, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The man told deputies he arrived at his house on Oak Tree Road at about 8 p.m. when two men entered the house through an unlocked door.

One of the men wrapped his arm around the man's neck and took the $85 from his wallet, deputies said.

The man's wallet containing a credit card also was taken, deputies said.

The man could not provide any information on the robbers' direction of travel, deputies said.

Three face crack possession charges

FREDERICK, Md. - Three people were charged with various drug offenses after police surveillance on West South Street Tuesday night, Frederick City Police said.

Minta Gwendolyn Floyd, 39, of 5 E. South St., and Daniella Virginia Fredericks, 35, no fixed address, were both charged with crack cocaine possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Iris Cortez Ferguson, 18, no fixed address, was charged with possession of crack with the intent to distribute, and crack possession.

Police said they seized an estimated $200 worth of crack, and $140 in cash.

Mongoose bikes are reported stolen

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

  • Two Mongoose brand men's bicycles were reported stolen in the afternoon from the front porch of 1101 Linwood Road near Hagerstown. One bicycle was orange-and chrome-colored, the other was blue and chrome. Together, they were valued at $250.

  • A vehicle was reported broken into at the Williams-port American Legion lodge, 400 American Legion Ave. After the vehicle window was smashed, a purse was taken. Loss and damages were estimated at $225.

W.Va. man charged with credit card fraud

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man was charged Tuesday with six felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card in connection with a credit card he found at a 7-Eleven in Charles Town, police said.

John Patrick Anderson, 22, of 101 Marl Drive, was released on a $6,000 personal recognizance bond, said Charles Town Police Detective Mark Spessert.

The credit card was found at the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and W.Va. 9 and purchases made with it, Spessert alleged.

Six transactions were made on the card, which included the purchase of $299 worth of phone cards, Spessert said.

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