Police briefs

December 28, 2004

Md. man faces charge of attempted murder

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department has charged a Frederick man with attempted murder, among other offenses, in a stabbing early Monday.

Robert E. Fritts, 39, of 1743 Hillmead Square, was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, first- and second-degree burglary, attempted manslaughter, use of a mace device and reckless endangerment, police said.

Police said the stabbing at 1768 Algonquin Road was reported at about 1:37 a.m. Police alleged that Fritts stabbed the victim multiple times in the abdomen. The victim, whose identity was not released, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Police did not release the victim's condition late Monday.

Police said Fritts also had to be taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries he sustained during the altercation with the victim.

Condition of Ohio man is upgraded

The condition of a Vienna, Ohio, man injured in a Sunday crash on Interstate 70 was upgraded Monday.

A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said Jitander Kalia, 66, was listed in fair condition there one day after a single vehicle accident on westbound I-70.

Maryland State Police said a 2000 Mitsubishi driven Kalia struck a spare tire that fell off a pickup truck. The car then crashed into a grass bank on the left side of the interstate before overturning, police said.

Two members of Kalia's family - his wife Judith Kalia, 56, and his son Vipin Kalia, 24 - were treated at Washington County Hospital and released within 24 hours of the incident, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Memorial wreaths destroyed, cops say

SMITHSBURG - Two memorial wreaths at Veterans Memorial Park were destroyed between Friday and Sunday, according to the Smithsburg Police Department.

Police were seeking the identities of those responsible for damage to the wreaths, which were placed at the park during a Veterans Day ceremony in November.

Police said the wreaths, which were donated by town officials and the Smithsburg Historical Society in honor of area veterans, are valued at $42 each.

Police ask that anyone with information on the incident call the them at 301-824-3500 or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

W.Va. man faces wounding charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with unlawful wounding after his family's Christmas presents were destroyed, his wife's wrists were cut and an attempt was made to choke her, police said in Berkeley County court documents.

James Howard Bell, 55, of 320 Weaver Lane, was arraigned on the felony charge Sunday.

Police alleged in court records that on the day before - Christmas Day - Bell was drinking when he destroyed Christmas presents and threw them on his lawn.

Deputies with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department were called to Bell's home twice, but Bell was gone when they arrived, according to a criminal complaint.

When deputies arrived the second time, Bell's wife had small cuts on both of her wrists, records state. She told police her husband had cut her with a paring knife, and that he choked her while they wrestled on the bedroom floor, records allege.

Deputies found Bell in a Martinsburg bar, records state. Bell admitted to destroying the presents but denied cutting his wife, the criminal complaint states.

He was released on $25,000 bail.

Cash stolen from Pa. restaurant

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a burglary at McDonald's that occurred between 8 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the restaurant at 721 Buchanan Trail East was entered during that period and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.

Pa. man jailed on simple assault charge

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man was jailed on $50,000 bond after he was charged with simple assault and violating a protection from abuse order Sunday morning, Chambersburg Borough Police said.

Police said Eric D. Abney, 29, of 546 East Point Ave., was charged with assaulting Kimberly L. Cleope, address unavailable, at 162 E. King St.

The incident was reported at 11:45 a.m., police said.

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