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Police log

January 29, 2004

W.Va. man sentenced for assaulting officer


Washington County District Court Judge Noel Spence sentenced a Martinsburg, W.Va., man to three years in prison Wednesday after the man pleaded guilty to assaulting a corrections officer on Dec. 16, court records state.

Robert Largent, 21, of 38 Grapevine Road, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault against a Department of Corrections employee who worked at the Washington County Detention Center, records state.

Charges of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment were withdrawn last month, according to records.

Records allege Largent made a sharp weapon out of a toothbrush and stabbed Corrections Officer Justin Cook up to 12 times in the leg. The attack resulted in three or four puncture wounds, records state.




Md. man charged in hit-and-run accident


FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department charged a Frederick man in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a 4-year-old girl and an adult injured Sunday afternoon.

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Police charged Jose R. Valentino, 18, of 1214 Stillmeadow Place with reckless driving and nine other violations in connection with the 6 p.m. incident.

Police allege Valentino's vehicle struck a vehicle traveling east on Key Parkway and a wooden fence at Hawthorne Square before continuing west. Police did not provide a detailed description of either vehicle involved or the identity of the second driver.

Police said the driver and her daughter suffered minor injuries and were treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Valentino also was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, failure to stop vehicle at the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, failure to stop after accident involving damage to attended vehicle, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to return to and remain at the scene of an accident involving an attended vehicle, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and driving without a license, police said.

Valentino was being held Wednesday evening at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $15,000 bond, a detention center spokesman said.




N.Y. man remains in critical condition


A 21-year-old Marine remained in critical condition more than 48 hours after a car crash involving a tractor-trailer late Monday afternoon, a Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said late Wednesday evening.

Dwyer E. Conklin, 21, of Kirkville Road in East Syracuse, N.Y., was injured in an 11 a.m. crash on I-70 near the Interstate 81 interchange. Conklin was a passenger in a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Justin J. Everett, 21, of Ashland Avenue in Niagara Falls, N.Y., that collided with a 2004 Mack tractor-trailer near an eastbound ramp.

Everett was treated at Washington County Hospital and released Monday, a spokeswoman said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not treated for injuries, police said.

Police said Conklin and Everett were Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C.




Charges dropped against city man


Charges against a Medway Road man stemming from an Oct. 4 incident in the city were withdrawn Wednesday in Washington County District Court, court records state.

Records state Billy W. Smith, 19, had been charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and first-degree assault, the last of which was withdrawn by authorities in November.

Police had alleged Smith brandished butterfly knives during an incident in the 700 block of Chestnut Street in Hagerstown.




Cause of Pa. man's death undetermined


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The cause and manner of death of a Fayetteville, Pa., man found dead in his home Sunday will take another six to eight weeks to determine, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Wednesday.

An autopsy on Michael E. Blubaugh, 25, of 5594 Fairway Drive West was performed Wednesday afternoon at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa. Conner said the results were inconclusive and a ruling on the cause of death will have to await the results of toxicology tests.

Blubaugh was found dead by a family member early Sunday afternoon. His death is being investigated by Pennsylvania State Police.




Police: Man made threats at game


SCOTLAND, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a report of terroristic threats made Jan. 20 during a girls basketball game at Scotland School for Veterans Children.

Police said several Boiling Springs, Pa., fans were asked to leave the game because of disorderly behavior. One man, described as older with a gray beard, was overheard by four Scotland students saying to another man that "I'll go to the trunk of my car and get my gun," police said.

"If anyone messes with me, I'm going to blow the school up," the man was overheard to say, police said.

He and the man he was talking with left the school in a burgundy Buick sedan, police said.




Police look for help in holdup attempt


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