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Police briefs - afternoon

April 12, 2005

Gun fires accidentally


A gun was accidentally fired into the floor of a South Cannon Street apartment this morning, leaving a bullet hole in a downstairs neighbor's ceiling, the Hagerstown Police Department said in a news release.

Just after midnight, a woman told police she heard a gunshot and found a bullet hole in the bedroom ceiling of her 349 S. Cannon St. apartment.

No one was injured, police said.

David Anthony Frye, 19, was contacted by police and initially denied any involvement, according to the release. After a search of the residence, a loaded 45-caliber handgun was found hidden in the attic, police said.

Frye, of 44410 Wiffer Square in Ashburn, Va., was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits and reckless endangerment.

Hancock woman found dead


McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the death of a 44-year-old Hancock woman found dead in Fulton County on Monday, according to a news release from police.

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Police said Barbara Julia Quesada, 44, was found dead by paramedics sent to 8926 Thompson Road in Belfast Township for an unresponsive person.

An autopsy is scheduled today at Lehigh Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., police said.

Two men face drug charges


FREDERICK, Md. - Two Boonsboro men were arrested by the Frederick Police Department and charged with drug crimes after police bought about two ounces of marijuana from one of the men Saturday, police said in a news release.

Matthew Scott Flook, 18, of 12 Chestnut Ave. in Boonsboro, was charged with distribution of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of paraphernalia. Joshua Tyler Lum, 19, of 6 Coldstream Court in Boonsboro, was charged with possession of marijuana, police said.

Police gave the following account of the events leading to the arrests: On Saturday at 10:48 p.m., members of the Frederick Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit made a controlled purchase of about two ounces of marijuana. Once police contacted a man they suspected to be involved in illegal drug activity, they made arrangements to purchase two ounces of marijuana at a certain location. After buying the marijuana, officers moved into the area and arrested the suspected dealer and one other person in the suspected dealer's vehicle.

Two injured in accident


FREDERICK, Md. - Two Frederick County residents were flown by police helicopter to Washington County Hospital on Monday after the Crown Victoria in which they were riding hit a wire support pole on Md. 85 at Adamstown Road, Maryland State Police in Frederick said in a news release.

Police said the driver of the car, Robert Dodd, 43, of Frederick, and passenger Heather Becker, 23, of Thurmont, Md., were flown separately to the hospital following the reported 6:57 a.m. accident.

The car struck a wire support pole, which severed the pole and knocked the wires to the ground, trapping Dodd and Becker for a short time in the car, police said.

Police said the accident is under investigation.

A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said this morning that Dodd and Becker were both listed in good condition.

Fire started by child ruled accidental


A fire at a Shawley Drive two story duplex north of Hagerstown Monday afternoon was started by a child playing with matches in a nearby yard, the Maryland State Fire Marshal said in a written release.

Fire marshals said the fire caused damage mainly to the outside of the 18308 Shawley Drive house, which is owned by Abbud Dahbura. Estimated damages to the structure were valued at $4,800 and the value of the contents was estimated at $200.

The fire, which was discovered by a passerby was ruled accidental, fire marshals said. About 10 firefighters from Maugansville responded to the fire, which was brought under control within one minute, according to the release.

Tractor-trailer driver taken to hospital following crash


HALFWAY - A Maryland man was taken to the hospital Monday following a tractor-trailer crash at Halfway Boulevard and Hopewell Road, Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy Matthew Bragunier said.

Bragunier said a tractor-trailer, being driven by Michael W. Wood, 46, of New Carrollton, Md., overturned in front of the AC&T on Hopewell Road at about 7:30 p.m. Bragunier said Wood told him that cargo had shifted during a turn, causing the tractor-trailer to turn onto its side.

He said Wood was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of neck and back pain. No other injuries were reported, Bragunier said.

A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said Wood was listed in good condition late Monday.

The crash caused significant traffic delays in the Halfway area for about 90 minutes, the deputy said. He said no charges were filed by late Monday.

Child treated for leg injuries after falling under van wheels


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