Crime report

November 03, 2004

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

On Tuesday:

  • At 4 a.m., a rock was reported thrown through a window of a residence in the 18500 block of Showalter Road.

  • At 5:45 a.m., a camoflage 2002 Yamaha Grizzly was reported stolen from the 11900 block of Greenhill Drive. The Grizzly was valued at $6,500.

On Monday

  • At 6:30 p.m., a house in the 1400 block of Brown Road was reported broken into and a computer and monitor were reported stolen. There was no value listed on the stolen items.

  • At 8:30 p.m., a windshield, valued at $250, was reported broken on a 1996 Dodge Ram parked in the 14600 block of Pennersville Road.

  • At 10:30 p.m., domestic violence was reported in the 100 block of Cumberland Street in Clear Spring. No arrests were made.

  • At 7:30 a.m., a 2004 GMC pickup truck was reported keyed while parked in the 16100 block of Cloverton Lane. The damage was estimated at about $1,000.

  • At 10 a.m., a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck's tire was reported slashed while parked in the 300 block of Sunset Avenue.

  • At 10 a.m., a Huntzberry construction trailer parked near the Carlyle & Martin Inc. John Deere dealership near Maugansville was reported broken into. A chain saw and a 2-inch pump, with a total value of $1,500, were reported stolen.

  • At 12:30 p.m., a stereo was reported stolen from a 1990 Honda Accord parked at Blue and Gray Towing, at 11609 Hopewell Road. No value was listed for the damage.

Condition of wreck victim upgraded

The condition of a state track champion from Hagers-town who was injured in a pickup truck accident on Oct. 23 was upgraded, a Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said today.


Nevelle Pierre, 18, who took the state championship in the Class 2A triple jump and high jump in May, was listed in fair condition this morning, a spokeswoman said.

Pierre was one of several people injured when a truck flipped onto its roof in the 1100 block of Outer Drive, police said.

Eight people were riding in the truck, including six in its rear bed, at the time of the accident, police said.

Two juveniles were hospitalized with serious injuries as a result of the crash, police have said. Sgt. Curtis Wood could not be reached Monday for an update on their conditions.

Police charged Liley Lee Gordon, 17, of 458 Park Place, with carjacking, robbery, theft more than $500, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest in connection with the crash and subsequent theft of a sport utility vehicle.

Youths charged in explosions

Five juveniles have been charged with felony offenses in connection with five "soda bottle bomb" explosions on Oct. 24 on Manor Drive, the Hagerstown Fire Department said Monday.

The juveniles, between ages 11 and 16, were each charged with manufacturing and use of destructive devices, reckless endangerment, attempting to burn property and destruction of property, according to the department.

The department alleges the juveniles, whose identities and addresses were not released, threw five chemical "soda bottle bombs" onto a balcony.

The department said such devices cause metal fragments and acid to be thrown into its immediate area upon explosion.

Car crashes into W.Va. grocery store

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A car parked at a local Martin's Food Market with its engine running Monday afternoon went across the parking lot and through the front doors of the grocery store, police said.

Deputy Victor Lupis of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said he has "no clue" what caused the 1988 Buick Regal to travel into the store in the Jefferson Crossing shopping center along Flowing Springs Road.

Betty Painter of Charles Town went into the grocery store and left her boyfriend, Jack Flynn, 59, of Charles Town, in the passenger seat, Lupis said.

The car, which has an automatic transmission, was running and Flynn was listening to the radio, Lupis said.

When the car left the parking space, it turned and went toward the store, Lupis said. The car traveled about 52 feet and went through a set of doors shortly after 4 p.m., Lupis said.

The car almost went into a second set of doors, Lupis said.

"It would have been awful if someone was going out those doors," Lupis said.

Flynn had a few scrapes on his arm from the wreck, Lupis said.

Lupis did not have a damage estimate for Martin's.

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