Police briefs

July 30, 2004

Tip leads to arrest of three men in city

A tip that a man wanted by police was at a North Mulberry Street apartment Wednesday night led to the arrest of three men, two of whom were charged with drug possession.

The Hagerstown Police Department said in a news release that at about 9:30 p.m., members of the Street Crimes Unit went to 116 N. Mulberry St., Apt. D, after receiving a tip that a man wanted on two warrants was at the residence.

Donald Keatts, 24, of no fixed address, was wanted on outstanding warrants by the Washington County Sheriff's Department and city police. The city police warrant charged Keatts with failing to appear in court, second-degree assault and fourth-degree burglary, a police dispatcher said Thursday morning.

Police said they also received information that drugs were being dealt at the address. Officers went to the apartment to check for Keatts, but as police entered the apartment, Keatts allegedly fled out the rear door. He was taken into custody by officers waiting for him in the back.


Police said while they were in the apartment, they saw various drugs and paraphernalia. Once they obtained a search and seizure warrant, three bags of marijuana and a set of scales were found, police said.

Derrick Avon Wilson, 38, of 116 N. Mulberry St., Apt. D, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine and obstructing and hindering a police officer. Police said officers seized $451 from Wilson.

Timothy Paul Franklin, 24, of 140 Ray Street in Hagerstown, was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said because of the poor condition of the apartment, Hagerstown City Code Enforcement was notified.

Keatts was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokesman said Thursday night. Franklin and Wilson were not listed at the jail, he said.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Wednesday, according to Sgt. Mark Knight:

  • At 7:30 p.m., between $1,500 and $2,000 worth of construction material was reported stolen from a residence in the 16000 block of River Bend Court.

  • At 7 a.m., vandalism was reported at the Marty Snook Memorial Park pool. Damage was done to the concession stand and air conditioning unit, electrical boxes were ripped off of light poles, a bench and trash can were thrown into the pool and several light fixtures were damaged. No value was listed for the damage.

Hagerstown police respond to calls

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls on Wednesday, according to Sgt. Curt Wood.

  • At 8:56 a.m., a 20-inch Silver Coaster bicycle was found in the 800 block of Guilford Avenue.

  • At 4:07 p.m., uttering and forgery was reported in the 100 block of North Potomac Street.

  • At 6:13 p.m., a rear window of a car was reported damaged in the 200 block of Frederick Street.

  • At 7:42 p.m., shoplifting was reported from Giant Eagle, at 835 W. Hillcrest Ave.

  • At 9:20 p.m., shoplifting was reported from Giant Eagle, at 835 W. Hillcrest Ave.

Woman injured when car runs over her

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A 30-year-old Harpers Ferry woman was run over by a car as she attempted to rescue two children out of it as it rolled down a driveway at a home in the Westridge Hills subdivision Thursday afternoon, police said.

Mindy Fogle was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she was listed in good condition Thursday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A 4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were playing in the car, which was parked in a driveway along a road known as Mountain Top Trail, said Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Dumer.

Dumer said he believes the girl grabbed the gearshift and put the car in neutral.

When the car began rolling down the driveway, Fogle approached the car and tried to rescue the children, Dumer said.

A door on the car struck Fogle, knocking her down, Dumer said. The car then ran over Fogle, he said.

The accident occurred about 1:45 p.m.

Westridge Hills is on the Blue Ridge Mountain in Jefferson County, east of Charles Town, W.Va.

Pa. inmate charged with punching officer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An inmate at Franklin County Prison was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly punching a corrections officer, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release Thursday.

David Bruce Darby, 26, was charged with punching Scott Exline, 29, an officer at the prison, on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police did not release more information about the incident.

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