Police briefs

July 12, 2006

Prostitution sting nets arrests in city

A prostitution sting resulted in the arrests of five people Tuesday morning and afternoon in downtown Hagerstown, according to police.

Frank Julius Varady, 49, of Hagerstown, Denise Elizabeth Brice, 41, of Hagerstown, Gary Wayne DeShong, 46, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., John Michael Healy, 42, of Hagerstown and Harold Ray Bingman, 50, of Inwood, W.Va., each were charged with prostitution general, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Three youths hurt in Frederick Co. crash

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - A 13-year-old girl and two 16-year-old boys were injured Monday night when the car in which they were riding overturned in Walkersville, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.

Shortly after 9 p.m., a 16-year-old Walkersville boy who was driving a Pontiac Sunfire lost control of the car while traveling south on Md. 194, south of Glade Road, as he approached a car traveling in front of him, the release states. When he lost control of the car, it went onto the right shoulder, but when the boy corrected the car to the left, the car crossed the road and overturned, police said.


Medics from Taneytown Fire Co. who were in the area at the time of the wreck were "able to render aid to the critically injured 13-year-old female, which likely saved her life," police said.

The Union Bridge, Md., girl, who was sitting in the back seat, and the driver were taken by Maryland State Police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The 16-year-old Mount Airy front passenger was taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital, the release states.

Air bags deployed and all the occupants were wearing their seat belts, police said.

Md. 194 was closed for about an hour while police collected evidence.

Maryland law states that provisional drivers younger than 18 years old are prohibited from transporting passengers younger than 18 years old unless they are living together or are brothers/sisters or stepbrothers/stepsisters.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls, Sgt. Roy Harsh said:


· At 5:40 a.m., a Pontiac Sunfire parked at Eby's Lawn and Garden Center, 16409 Fairview Road, was reportedly struck with a paintball.


· At 3:43 p.m., pocket change and a camera were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 4200 block of Trego Mountain Road. The camera was valued at $500.

· At 6:30 p.m., a screen was knocked out of a window at a residence in the first block of Hillside Street. The screen was damaged, but nothing was reported stolen.

· At 7:06 p.m., screens were reported cut at a home in the 11800 block of White Hall Road.

· At 8:23 a.m., equipment was reported stolen from a tool shed at Old Forge Elementary School, 21615 Old Forge Road. Equipment belonging to the Washington County Board of Education and to the school's groundskeeper was valued at $900.

· At 10:05 a.m., an empty apartment in the 800 block of Orchard Manor Drive was reportedly broken into.

· At 10:06 a.m., a cherry bomb was reported placed in a mailbox in the 15000 block of Green Lane Road. Damage was estimated at $100.

· At 11:29 a.m., a briefcase and cash were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 11400 block of Eastwood Court.

· At 2:51 p.m., two urns were reported stolen from the storefront of Village Florist, 19733 Leitersburg Pike.

Hagerstown Police respond to calls

Hagerstown Police responded to the following incidents, according to Sgt. Paul Kifer:


· 900 block of Pope Avenue, two charged with second-degree assault.

· 800 block of Potomac Avenue, first-degree assault charge.

· 800 block of Mulberry Avenue, burglary/theft of cash.


· 300 block of North Mulberry Street, theft.

· 1000 block of Beechwood Drive, theft of a wallet from a vehicle.

· 1100 block of Woodland Way, attempted suicide/overdose.

· 50 block of North Burhans Boulevard, drug violation.

· 10 block of Randolph Street, found purse.

· 300 block of North Cannon Avenue, theft of Maryland vehicle tag No. 92J694.

· West Franklin Street at Devonshire, drug violation/driving under the influence.

· 1000 block of Carroll Heights Boulevard, theft of two bicycles.

· 10000 block of Garland Groh Boulevard, money order scam.


· 400 block of Guilford Avenue, damage to a vehicle.

· 200 block of North Locust Street, burglary/theft/damage to property.

Two charged in prostitution sting

FREDERICK, Md. - Two Frederick residents were arrested in a sting operation conducted by the Hagerstown and Frederick Police departments, Frederick police said.

Tikya Olaneo Francis, 28, of 650 Heather Ridge Drive, and Denise Francine Graham, 52, of 215 Phebus Ave., were charged with solicitation for prostitution in the sting operation Friday, Frederick police said.

Graham also was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Gravel poured into tank of riding mower

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg on Tuesday were investigating a complaint of criminal mischief.

According to police, someone placed gravel in the gas tank of a riding lawn mower and material in the truck fuel tank of a Needmore, Pa., resident sometime between Friday and Sunday.

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