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City man treated after cycle accident

July 02, 2005

A Hagerstown man was taken to Washington County Hospital after his motorcycle skidded over a median Thursday while entering Interstate 81, a Maryland State Police trooper said.

Donald Lee Rough, 23, of 105 N. Edgewood Drive, was riding a 1991 Honda CBR motorcycle at about 9:15 p.m., Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class J.W. Eichelberger said.

Rough's motorcycle was on the entrance ramp from U.S. 40 westbound to enter I-81 southbound when the bike skipped over the median. Rough and the bike skidded onto the right-hand travel lane of the highway, Eichelberger said.

A tractor-trailer was in that same lane, Eichelberger said, but was able to stop before striking Rough. Rough's injuries were not life-threatening, Eichelberger said.

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City man faces charges in incident


A Hagerstown man was taken into police custody Thursday after allegedly pulling the trigger of an unloaded rifle during an argument with his wife, Hagerstown City Police said.

Joseph Edward Biser, 37, of 1133 Hamilton Blvd., was charged with reckless endangerment. He was awaiting a hearing before a court commissioner, City Police Sgt. David Long said.

Long said police were called to a basement apartment at the address at about 8 p.m. for an apparent argument. As officers were standing outside the home, they heard two clicks that sounded like a trigger, Long said.

When police entered, they said they found Biser holding a rifle.

Police: Man takes items from church


An unknown man who identified himself as a fire inspector took personal items from inside a church Wednesday about noon, according to Hagerstown city police and fire officials.

Assistant City Fire Marshal Richard Miller said the man told a secretary at St. John's Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., that he was a city fire inspector and wished to look at the sprinkler system.

The man distracted the secretary and took several items, officials said.

Miller said city firefighters conduct routine inspections throughout the city, but will always either be in uniform or have identification. Fire marshals will have police identification.

Buildings with sprinkler systems should have a contract company that inspects those systems, Miller said.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls


The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls on Thursday, Sgt. Mark Knight said:

  • At 7 a.m., a storage shed was broken into at Clear Spring Park on Martin Street in Clear Spring. A cellular phone was reported missing.

  • At 10 a.m., a Cingular cellphone and a wallet were reported stolen from a 1988 Ford parked at Rust-Oleum Corp., at 16634 Industrial Lane.

  • At 6:30 p.m., a tag was reported stolen from a 1990 Honda parked at the Park 'n' Ride at the corner of Old National Pike and Md. 67. The tag had West Virginia registration, 5HW549.


Social worker convicted of fraud


FREDERICK, Md. - A Knoxville, Md., licensed social worker was convicted of felony Medicaid fraud by a Frederick County circuit judge, the Maryland Attorney General's Office said in a news release.

Donny W. Smith, 53, of Maple Crest Road, submitted claims to the Maryland Medicaid program for services that he had not provided. The attorney general's office estimated the value of the false claims to be $92,000. The claims were made between April 2003 and April 2004.

Circuit Judge Theresa M. Adams sentenced Smith to five years in prison, with all but nine months suspended. Smith also was ordered to repay the money to the state.

Smith was a licensed, certified social worker and mental health services provider in Frederick and Washington counties, the attorney general's office said.

W.Va. man faces charges after chase


FREDERICK, Md. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man was taken into custody after a police chase that ended in a crash in Frederick County, according to a release from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

John Wesley Bates Jr., 43, was being held Thursday at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, police said. Among the charges Bates faces are reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.

Police said they were called at 1:56 p.m. Thursday for a hit-and-run accident on Ballenger Creek Pike near Point of Rocks. Police soon began following a van fitting the description of the suspected vehicle, which wouldn't stop when police tried to pull it over.

The pursuit finally ended on Basford Road when the driver struck a car that was backing out of a driveway.

Police on watch during July 4 event


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg City Police said they will be watching for illegal fireworks and public consumption of alcohol during the July 4 activities in and around War Memorial Park.

Police said they will not be issuing warnings for criminal violations. Instead, violations will result in arrest or citation and removal from the park.

There will be traffic signs directing motorists. Police also ask drivers not to stop along Interstate 81 to watch the fireworks.

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