Police briefs

June 22, 2007

Possible black bear sighting reported in Hagerstown area

Hagerstown police handled multiple calls Thursday night about a black bear spotted in Hagerstown, an officer said this morning.

The bear, described by callers as small, was seen at the city golf course - Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run - and at Wheaton Park, the officer said.

The bear was probably a cub, she said.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following incidents Thursday, according to Lt. Mark Knight:

· At 5 p.m., a breaking and entering was reported in the 13400 block of John Martin Drive. Nothing was taken.

· At 6 p.m., a canoe was reported stolen in the 13700 block of Village Mill Drive near Maugansville.

Hagerstown man faces charges in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown man who wouldn't stop for a Washington County sheriff's deputy on Wednesday was charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated, police said.


Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said in a news release that Justin D. Martin, 18, of Hagerstown, was charged with suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated by a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Police said a sheriff's deputy tried to stop Martin's 2005 Dodge Neon on Cearfoss Pike in Washington County at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, but he didn't stop and continued into Pennsylvania.

After a short distance, with Pennsylvania State Police involved, he pulled over and was given citations, police said.

Police said Martin had a small amount of what appeared to be marijuana.

Martinsburg man faces drug charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - After stopping a car in Martinsburg on Thursday, police charged the driver with having guns and illegal drugs.

Martinsburg Police said in a news release that Patrolman J.E. Darby stopped a Cadillac near the intersection of Randolph and Baltimore streets.

After Darby smelled marijuana as he approached the car, police found and seized three guns from the trunk, the release says.

One was a Mossberg 20-gauge shotgun, one was a Rossie .22-caliber Magnum revolver and one was a Cobra .380-caliber automatic handgun.

The Cobra handgun was reported stolen, police said.

Police said they also found marijuana, both in the passenger compartment and just outside the car.

The driver - Aaron Lee Hairston, 20, of Martinsburg - was charged with transferring stolen property, possession of marijuana and three counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

He also was given a ticket on a charge of crossing the center line.

A 16-year-old passenger, whose name was not released, was charged with possession of marijuana, police said.

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