Teen charged in knife incident

August 15, 2005

A Hagerstown teen was taken into custody after a Sunday night incident in which the boy's brother and mother suffered knife wounds, Hagerstown City Police said.

The boy, whose identity was not released, was charged with two counts of first-degree assualt and a single count of reckless endangerment, according to a news release.

Police said the two brothers began arguing over a compact disc, when the teen who is charged grabbed a knife from the kitchen, cutting his brother on the chest and arm. The mother attempted to break the fight up when the boy who is charged threw the knife at her, striking her in the face.

Police said both the woman and the son that was injured were taken to Washington County Hospital where they were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. They were later released.


The 15-year-old also was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, carrying a deadly weapon with the intent to injure and malicious destruction of property. He was being held at the Western Maryland Children's Center, police said.

Local customers lose power Sunday morning

Almost 500 Allegheny Power customers in Washington County were without power for more than three hours Sunday morning.

According to Steve Gale, Allegheny Power director of corporate communications, 496 customers in the area of Lakeside Drive, Hillsdale Court, Shadybrook Terrace and Bentwood Drive at Lakeside Park Mobile Home Park near Valley Mall lost power about 7 a.m. Sunday due to a substation problem.

Power was restored about 10:40 a.m., Gale said.

Fire damages home in Berkeley County

BEDINGTON, W.Va. - Fire heavily damaged a two-story house in the Red Hawk subdivision Saturday night, a fire official said.

The fire, which was reported about 6:23 p.m., started in a garage in a house on Talon Drive, said Greg Currence, assistant fire chief of the Hedgesville (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Co. The area is off Koonstown Road in the Bedington area of Berkeley County.

It is not clear what started the fire and the state Fire Marshal's office is trying to determine the cause, Currence said.

Three faces charges after weekend sting

FREDERICK, Md. - Three Maryland men were charged after a Frederick Police Department prostitution sting operation Saturday.

The police department's drug enforcement and directed patrol units used a female officer to pose as a prostitute in the area of the 500 to 700 blocks of North Market Street in Frederick over the course of several hours Saturday.

Martin Douglas Simms, 42, of Frederick, was charged with solicitation for prostitution, police said. Stewart Charles Sheridan, 44, of Union Bridge, Md., was charged with solicitation for prostitution, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Lester Andrew Mathiews, Jr., 39, of Frederick, was charged with solicitation for prostitution, possession of marijuana and indecent exposure, police said.

Smithsburg man hurt in motorcycle crash

A Smithsburg man was injured Saturday when his motorcycle went off Garfield Road in northwest Frederick County, Md., Maryland State Police said.

Grant H. Ebersole Jr., whose 55th birthday is Friday, was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital Sunday night.

Police said Ebersole was riding a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softtail near Pleasant Valley Road, which runs from Washington County into Frederick County.

The motorcycle went off the road at about 9:30 p.m., police said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter took him to the hospital.

Police said the cause of the crash was being investigated.

Hotel, store robbed in Franklin County

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating robberies Saturday at a hotel in Chambersburg and a convenience store near Greencastle, Pa.

At about 3 a.m., a man entered Fairfield Inn, 1122 Wayne Ave., and demanded cash, police said. The man fled with an unknown amount of money, police said.

Police described the man as black and about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a stocky build. He was wearing shorts, a black T-shirt and a black baseball cap with a bandanna over his face, police said.

The second holdup occurred at Laura's Country Convenience, 11368 Williamsport Pike, at about 3:15 p.m., police said. A man entered the store and forced the female cashier to turn over an undisclosed amount of money.

Police said the man did not show a weapon and fled in a small black sport utility vehicle, possibly a Ford Escape. The man was described as black, about 6 feet tall and heavyset and wearing black clothing.

The reports did not indicate whether the crimes might be connected.

Anyone with information about either robbery may call police at 717-264-5161.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following crime reports over the weekend, Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Knight said:

- Reported at 5 a.m. today, two vehicles parked at a home on the 9500 block of Morning Walk Drive were broken into. Two Nextel phones and an iPod portable music device were taken. The items were valued at $650.

- Reported at 5:30 a.m. today, someone broke into a vehicle parked on the 18300 block of Misty Acres Drive. A cell phone, a BlackBerry wireless communications device and a digital camera were reported stolen. The items were valued at $1,200.

- A 1991 Suzuki GSX 750 motorcycle, Md. license plates 385D55, was reported stolen Sunday at 8 a.m. from the parking lot of D.M. Bowman Inc., 10038 Governor Lane Boulevard.

- A vehicle parked at Your Country Store, 17035 Fairview Road, was reported broken into at 2 p.m. Suday. A cell phone, a hand bag, pool sticks and compact discs were reported taken. The itmes were valued less than $500.

- Two walkie talkies were reported taken Saturday morning from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 16600 block of Edward Doub Road.

- A DVD player was reported stolen Saturday morning from inside a vehicle parked on the 10700 block of Bratton Court.

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