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Two city men face charges in counterfeiting

August 04, 2005

Two Hagerstown men were charged Wednesday afternoon with felony counterfeiting in connection with the alleged manufacturing and uttering of counterfeit U.S. currency, City Police Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

A criminal search warrant was executed at 507 W. Washington St., Apt. 4, Wednesday afternoon by members of the Hagerstown Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit and U.S. Secret Service Agent Bruce McCauley, Kifer said.

Police found counterfeit currency that was in the process of being manufactured and also found completed counterfeit currency, Kifer said.

Jeffrey Charles Kline, 43, of 507 W. Washington St., Apt. 4, and David Brian Ball, 27, of 507 W. Washington St., Apt. 4, were both charged with felony manufacturing, drug and paraphernalia possession and possession of counterfeit U.S. currency and the uttering of counterfeit U.S. currency, Kifer said. A woman was found inside the residence with infant children, he said.

The investigation into that residence is continuing as well as other numerous reported counterfeited cases in Hagerstown, he said.

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Police are looking at about four or five other people in connection with the counterfeiting, which has been reported within the last month.




Brunswick man in fair condition


A 22-year-old man who was in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday was listed in fair condition this morning at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Dennis Shrewsberry Jr. of Brunswick, Md., crashed his 1989 Honda motorcycle on U.S. 340 in southern Washington County west of the Frederick County line, Maryland State Police said.

A witness reported that Shrewsberry was speeding when he lost control of his motorcycle around a left curve at about 8:40 p.m., police said in a news release.

Ron Gray, chief of Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co., who responded to the call, said the motorcycle hit a guardrail and went over an embankment. Shrewsberry fell off and landed against the guardrail, Gray said.

The motorcycle broke into several sections, police said.

Police said Shrewsberry was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and several other traffic, license and registration violations.

Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare said Shrewsberry was not taken to a Washington County District Court commissioner because he was in the hospital.

- Andrew Schotz




Man 'critical' after sword accident


BOONSBORO - The condition of a man who cut himself with a sword Tuesday was upgraded to serious by this morning at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Michael Gardner was using a sword when he accidentally cut his leg and lost a lot of blood, his great-grandfather, Paul Ellis, said Wednesday.

Gardner, 21, was alone in his room at 19766 Lappans Road, near Boonsboro, when the accident happened, Ellis said.

"He likes knives and swords," Ellis said.

Ellis didn't know how the accident happened, but he said Gardner might have tripped on a rug.

He said no one else in the family immediately heard Gardner pounding on the floor, trying to get someone's attention to help him.

There was "a lot of blood loss," a Washington County emergency dispatcher said Tuesday night.

The dispatcher said Tuesday night that the call came to the dispatch center at 10:10 p.m. A Maryland State Police helicopter was called at 10:29 p.m. and was on its way to the hospital at 10:56 p.m., the dispatcher said.

Ellis said Gardner is a dispatcher for a concrete company.

- Andrew Schotz




Hustontown man charged with incest


HUSTONTOWN, Pa. - A 47-year-old Hustontown man was charged Tuesday with raping a 72-year-old woman who lives with him, Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said.

The man was charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and incest because of an incident that happened at his house between May 23 and June 1, police said.

Police said the man was arraigned and sent to the Bedford County Prison in lieu of $100,000.




Apartment fire appears to be arson


FREDERICK, Md. - A Wednesday morning fire that damaged an apartment on Key Parkway appeared to be intentionally set, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

The fire at 1415 Key Parkway, apt. C-2, in western Frederick, was reported at about 3 a.m. after a neighbor discovered it.

The apartment is part of a three-story, wood-frame, six-unit apartment building, the fire marshal's office said in a news release.

The damage was estimated at $5,000 to the structure and $500 to the contents. The preliminary cause was found to be arson, the fire marshal's office said.

The fire was out by the time Independent Hose Co. in Frederick got there, the news release says.

A smoke alarm was present and activated, the fire marshals' office said. No one was injured.




Minivan stolen from in front of Pa. home


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 1989 Dodge Caravan was stolen from in front of a Chambersburg woman's home Wednesday, according to borough police.

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