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Police briefs for 12-20

December 20, 2005

Hagerstown woman faces drug charges



A Hagerstown woman has been charged with drug offenses in connection with the alleged sale of narcotics from her Williamsport home in October.

Patricia Ann Stevens, 37, of 11615 Hopewell Road, was served with a criminal summons Dec. 13, according to Mark Holtzman, director of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.

Those charges include manufacture/distribution of narcotics, possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In November, Stevens, who also has an address of 40 Wakefield Road, appeared before a bond commissioner on charges of conspiracy to manufacture/distribute narcotics, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was released on personal recognizance, court records showed.

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During the last part of October, NTF agents received information that cocaine was being illegally distributed from the Hopewell Road home. On three separate occasions, a confidential informant was able to easily purchase quantities of cocaine from Stevens, Holtzman said.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Seized during the execution of that warrant were several narcotics smoking devices, marijuana and crack cocaine, Holtzman said.




Fire damages bathroom at Pa. store



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? Pennsylvania State Police were investigating an arson Sunday afternoon that caused about $1,000 damage to a bathroom at the Dollar General Store at 4052 Philadelphia Ave.

Police said the fire was discovered at about 3:40 p.m. by a woman who asked the cashier for the key to the bathroom, police said. The fire in the plastic trash can was put out and there were no injuries, police said.

Shortly before the woman discovered the fire, police said another woman asked for the key and gave it to a juvenile who used the bathroom, police said. The woman was described as white and in her 40s with long brown hair. The boy was describe as white, about 15 years old and heavy-set with short brown hair and a blue coat.

Anyone with information about the incident may call Trooper Jeffrey Sarver at 717-264-5161.




Deer carcass placed on mailbox in Pa.



GREENCASTLE, Pa. ? Pennsylvania State Police were investigating an incident in which a deer carcass was placed on a mailbox in Antrim Township.

Police said the dead animal was left on the mailbox of Dennis Burkett of 12110 Cool Hollow Road between 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.




Man charged in theft of tools in W.Va.



RANSON, W.Va. ? A man has been charged with possession of stolen property following the theft of about $14,000 worth of tools from AmeriGas Propane on East Third Avenue, according to Ranson Police Chief Bill Roper.

The man charged, Samuel Forman, used to live along Fairfax Boulevard in Ranson but now has no fixed address, Roper said.

There were two incidents where items were stolen from AmeriGas, Roper said. The first incident occurred about two weeks ago and another theft occurred Sunday night, Roper said.

An employee's personal pickup truck was stolen in one of the thefts, and generators, pressure gauges and wrenches were taken, Roper said.

Police went to the Hidden River subdivision off W.Va. 51 west of Charles Town on Monday afternoon and found some of the stolen items in a house there, Roper said.




Teen injured in Fulton Co. crash



NEEDMORE, Pa. ? A teenager was severely injured Saturday afternoon when the vehicle she was driving was struck by another vehicle along Pa. 522, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The girl was driving a 1991 Pontiac, carrying three other youths, north on Pa. 522 when she tried to turn left into Bard's Auto Sales in Needmore, Pa., police said. The vehicle that struck the girl's Pontiac, a 1991 Chevrolet, was driven by Gregory L. Trumpower of Hagerstown, police said.

Trumpower was attempting to pass the girl's vehicle at the time of the crash, police said. He was not injured, and both vehicles were towed from the scene, police said.

The girl was flown by helicopter to Conemaugh Valley Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pa. for treatment, police said.

The investigation was continuing.




Driver, children injured in Pa. crash



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? One man and two young children were injured in a car crash Monday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the driver, Jeremiah Baker, of 11018 Roxbury Road in Roxbury, Pa., and the two young children were not secured in the vehicle.

Baker was driving north on Pa. 997, also known as Cumberland Highway, about 3:30 p.m. when police heard that he was driving erratically, police said. Soon after, Baker drove onto the shoulder of the road about a quarter-mile north of Ebenezer Road, struck a mailbox and hit a tree, police said.

The vehicle, a 1984 Chevrolet Caprice, sustained severe damage and came to rest against a tree, police said.

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