Police log

January 30, 2004

Man forces way into apartment, pulls gun

Police said a man claiming to be searching for "Jamie or Curt" at a downtown apartment early Friday morning forced himself into the home and held one of the tenants at gunpoint.

Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Richard Johnson said that at 1 a.m. Friday officers were sent to 21 W. Antietam St., an apartment building with several units, where they found two tenants, ages 22 and 29, who said a man knocked at their door and asked for "Jamie or Curt."

After the couple told the man no one by that name lived there, he forced his way into the apartment and showed a handgun, Johnson said. He placed a gun on the 29-year-old man's neck while trying to grab him with his other hand, police said.

The tenant struggled with the intruder and noticed that two other men were standing outside the doorway. He broke free and ran down the stairs of the building, but the two men in the hallway caught him and tried to place him in a headlock to keep him from leaving the building, Johnson said.


The man who had knocked on the door stayed behind with the 22-year-old woman who lived there, police said. The suspect repeatedly asked her where drugs were in the apartment, and she told him that neither of them had any drugs,

All three men left the apartment building after failing to find what they sought, police said.

The man who showed a handgun is described as a black man, about 6 feet 1, wearing a bright red, possibly leather coat and a red baseball-style cap. The victims said he showed an unknown caliber handgun.

The other two men were described only as black and wearing dark clothing.

The names of the victims are being withheld to protect them, Johnson said. He said the man received a minor abrasion to his right forearm and the woman had no injuries.

Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call the Hagerstown Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

Vandals break into minivan, skid loader

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls:

  • A 2002 Dodge Caravan was reported broken into Wednesday at 6:39 p.m. at 17324 Ontario Drive in the Halfway area, said Washington County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Roy Harsh.

    He said about $50 in damage was done to the car.

  • A skid loader was found with a knife in one tire Wednesday at 8:59 a.m. at Chimney Stone Court in Hagerstown, Harsh said.

    He said the skid loader received $400 in damages.

  • Dryers were broken into and a few dollars worth of change was reported stolen Wednesday at 11:02 a.m. from D&P Coin Op at 17518 Virginia Ave. in Hagerstown, Harsh said.

  • A bag of jewelry worth more than $21,000 was reported stolen Wednesday at 11:08 a.m. from 19342 Betty's Avenue in Hagerstown, Harsh said.

Basement fire damages W.Va. home

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A basement fire caused about $20,000 damage to a city home Thursday afternoon, a fire official said.

It is not clear what started the fire in the house at 109 High St., said Lt. Donnie Lanham of the Independent Fire Co.

Firefighters received the call about 1:46 p.m. and had the fire under control in about 10 minutes, Lanham said.

Three people who were in the house got out safely, Lanham said.

Firefighters rescued a dog from the house, Lanham said.

City residents face drug charges

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force have charged two Hagerstown residents in connection with drug distribution in the city.

According to a task force news release, Ted E. Marks, 50, of 12147 Hopewell Road and Cynthia L. McCarney, 32, of the same address, were each charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. The news release said authorities also charged Marks with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine.

Agents allege Marks sold crack cocaine to an informant in the AC&T parking lot on Hopewell Road in Hagerstown at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Agents allege Marks' vehicle struck an unmarked task force vehicle as he attempted to avoid capture.

Agents allege McCarney set up the deal with the informant. She was arrested at her home.

Marks and McCarney were awaiting trial on separate drug distribution charges at the time of the incident, according to the news release.

A Washington County Detention Center spokeswoman said both were being held there Thursday night. Marks was being held on $75,000 bond and McCarney on $25,000 bond.

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