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Police briefs

July 07, 2006

Man charged in undercover operation



The Hagerstown Police Department charged a man with several drug charges Thursday night after allegedly selling an undercover officer fake drugs, according to a department press release.

Samuel Lavonce Powe III, 28, of no fixed address, was charged with distributing a noncontrolled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute a noncontrolled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

Police were conducting an undercover operation to target street-level drug dealing Thursday about 8 p.m. An undercover police officer contacted a man standing in the unit block of East Franklin Street, according to the release.

The man agreed to sell the officer crack cocaine, and the pair walked to the unit block of North Potomac Street, where the man sold the officer a substance that looked like crack cocaine, according to the release.

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Powe was arrested, and officers who searched his pockets said they found a glass crack pipe, according to the release. The suspected crack cocaine was tested and found to be a substance that closely resembles crack cocaine, according to the release.




Va. men charged in prowling incident



FREDERICK, Md. - Two Manassas, Va., men accused of prowling around a Frederick resident's home have been charged with burglary-related crimes, according to a press release from the Frederick Police Department.

Jose Guzman-Hernandez, 23, of Liberty Avenue, and Andrade Hernandez, 27, of Cabbie Drive, were arrested after a caller reported Sunday at 5:39 a.m. that two people had entered the yard of a neighbor's residence, according to the release.

An officer found one person standing in the front yard of a home in the first block of Norva Avenue, and other officers found a second person walking from the area, according to the release.

Guzman-Hernandez is charged with conspiracy to break and enter a house, and Hernandez is charged with attempted first-degree burglary, attempted third-degree burglary, attempted fourth-degree burglary, two counts of destruction of property and conspiracy to commit burglary, according to the release.




Sheriff's deputies respond to calls



The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Wednesday, Lt. Mark Knight said.

· At 8 a.m., two vehicles were reported broken into in the 10800 block of Coffman Avenue. A 2005 GMC Yukon and a 2001 BMW reportedly were entered. A silver Diamondback bicycle valued at $130 and $100 in cash were reported stolen.

· At 10 a.m., a 2 1/2-foot tall stone elephant was reported stolen from the 19800 block of Jefferson Boulevard.

· At 11:30 a.m., change was reported stolen from a 2004 Hyundai parked on North Mechanic Street in Sharpsburg.

· At 2 p.m., a front tag was reported stolen off a 1990 Lincoln Continental parked in the 11400 block of Longview Drive. The tag had Maryland registration BTS584.

· At 3 p.m., lawn equipment was reported stolen from the 20400 block of Beaver Creek Road. A lawn trimmer valued at $300, a leaf blower valued at $90 and a garage door opener were reported stolen.

· At 5 p.m., a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was reported broken into in the first block of Princeton Place. A cell phone and change were reported stolen.




Tools stolen from township residence



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tools valued at about $2,950 were taken from a Greene Township home, Pennsylvania State Police said.

A 33-year-old resident of the 6600 block of Sycamore Road reported that the theft occurred sometime between 9 p.m. June 18 and 5 p.m. Tuesday, police said.




Checkbooks reported stolen from Pa. home



McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Several checkbooks were reported stolen in a burglary over the July 4 holiday, according to Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg.

According to police, a Hustontown, Pa., man reported someone entered his home in the 2700 block of North Clear Ridge Road between 4 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday.




W.Va. man pleads guilty to fraud charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to fraud, according to a press release from Acting U.S. Attorney Rita R. Valdrini.

Christopher Lancaster, 26, of 72 Taylor St., pleaded guilty to one count of acquiring controlled substances by fraud on Sept. 1, 2005, according to the release.

Lancaster was accused of using another person's prescription to obtain Xanax, according to the release.

Lancaster was free on bond pending sentencing, and faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the release.




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to a weapons charge, according to a press release from Acting U.S. Attorney Rita R. Valdrini.

Darien Bell, 20, of 48 Foxcroft Circle, pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with aiding and abetting the purchase of two pistols on Aug. 24, 2005, according to the release.

The pistols were purchased from Famous Pawn in Ranson. At the time they were purchased, Bell was underage and gave money to someone else to make the purchase for him, according to the release.

Bell was free on bond pending sentencing, and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the release.

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