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Police briefs

July 24, 2004

Man still in jail after alleged confrontation


A 72-year-old Hagerstown man remained in jail Friday, a day after police responded to reports that a man was chasing a woman with a machete and a rifle in the 400 block of North Potomac Street, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Jesus T. Cirino, of 441 N. Potomac St., was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unspecified weapons charges in connection with the incident reported at his apartment building about 1:44 p.m., police said.

Police allege a man chased another tenant as she tried to enter her apartment and swung a machete at her. Police also allege the man grabbed a rifle and said he would load it and kill someone after another tenant tried to approach him.

Cirino was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, a detention center spokesman said Friday.




Man hospitalized after tree falls on him


A 68-year-old man injured Thursday afternoon while cutting trees to make way for the construction of a home off Beaver Creek Road was admitted to the hospital, a Funkstown Fire Co. firefighter said.

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As of Friday afternoon, the man was under observation at Washington County Hospital, firefighter Jason Calvert said. He said the top of a tree fell on the man around 2 p.m., which caused a large laceration to the man's head and a laceration to his wrist.

Calvert said the man was freed by two or three other rescue workers who were with him at the time of the incident. Calvert said the man was treated at the scene by the fire department and Community Rescue Service personnel before he was transported.




Martinsburg man faces drug charge


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - One man was charged after a drug search warrant was executed Friday by Martinsburg Police and members of the Special Response Team.

Kimlia Porter, 26, of 820 New York Ave., was at the Eastern Regional Jail Friday night awaiting arraignment on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, according to a police press release.

Porter was one of three adults found in the New York Avenue home Friday at 5:11 p.m. when police arrived. Several children also were in the home at the time.

Police confiscated one-quarter ounce of cocaine, scales and $150 in cash.




Pa. man is charged following traffic stop


UPPER STRASBURG, Pa. - A traffic stop Thursday in Letterkenny Township led to drug charges against a Roxbury, Pa., man, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Brian K. Rosenberry, 41, was stopped at 6:35 p.m. on Pa. 533 and Mountain Road for an inspection sticker violation, police said. Further investigation revealed he was driving while suspended for an alcohol-related driving conviction.

A small amount of marijuana was found in the vehicle during the interview and Rosenberry was charged with illegal drug possession, police said.

A bond of $5,000 was set by Justice Larry Meminger. A check with the Franklin County Prison Friday night turned up no record of Rosenberry being jailed.




Police seek man who assaulted woman


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who assaulted a 67-year-old woman Friday afternoon while stealing her purse in the Food Lion parking lot at Old Courthouse Square last was seen fleeing in a green vehicle driven by another man, Martinsburg City Police said.

The man was described as white, 18 to 25 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall with a medium build and dark brown hair. He was wearing a plaid shirt that was open with a dark T-shirt underneath. He also was wearing blue jeans and sandals.

The green vehicle may have been a Pontiac Grand Am, police said, and was believed to have West Virginia tags. It was last seen traveling west on Edwin Miller Boulevard toward Interstate 81 shortly after the 2 p.m. incident.

The woman was taken to City Hospital for treatment of cuts and a fractured shoulder and later was released, police said.

Anyone with information about this crime may contact Sgt. George Swartwood or patrolman Quenton Burner at 304-264-2100.

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