Police briefs

November 07, 2006

Charles Town man faces drug charges

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man was charged last Thursday on marijuana charges following complaints from local residents about a large number of people going in and out of a house at 107 N. Church St.

Neighbors were complaining that drugs were being sold from the house, police said.

Police searched the house and among the items discovered were several potted marijuana plants, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Nathan McDowell, 20, of 107 N. Church St., has been charged with distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver and cultivation of marijuana, records state.

Besides the search operation, a $60 controlled purchase of marijuana was conducted at the house on Oct. 18 and a $40 controlled purchase of marijuana was made at the house on Nov. 1, police said.


Teen charged in apparent shooting

A 16-year-old boy who allegedly shot at a male after his friend allegedly robbed the victim weeks earlier is charged with numerous crimes, including assault, Washington County District Court document show.

According to a charging document, Michael E. Bowens, of 458 Sumans Ave. in Hagerstown, was a passenger in a vehicle that pulled up near a male in the parking lot of Valley Mall at about 11 p.m. Oct. 27. Bowens and the other male started arguing, and the charging document states, Bowens allegedly raised a handgun and pointed it in the direction of the victim.

Bowens allegedly fired the gun a couple of times after the victim was able to get into his own vehicle, and the victim drove off, the document states.

Bowens is charged as an adult with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, possession of a handgun in a vehicle, possession of a handgun on his person, use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, possession of a firearm/ammunition by a minor and reckless endangerment from a car. A deputy said he was in the Washington County Detention Center Monday evening.

According to the charging document, the victim, who police spoke to at North Hagerstown High School, was interviewed Oct. 30. He told police he also was a victim of an armed robbery a few weeks earlier. The suspect in that crime is a close friend of Bowens', the document states.

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