Police briefs

July 04, 2007

Hagerstown police investigate shooting

The Hagerstown Police Department on Tuesday was investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old man Monday night in the 300 block of Brookline Avenue.

Police reported two men got into an argument about 10:40 p.m. when one man pulled out a handgun and started shooting.

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, police said. The man was driven to the hospital by a friend.

The victim's name was not released.

Detective Jason Ackerman said Tuesday night that police were not releasing any additional information about the incident.

Two are injured in accident on I-70

Two people were injured Tuesday just before 7 p.m. in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 70, Maryland State Police said.

Officers were on the scene at 7:30 p.m., and police said the vehicle was overturned.

The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-70 at the 9-mile marker between Hancock and Clear Spring, police said.

Eastbound lanes still were shut down at 7:30 p.m., police said.


A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher described the injuries as "serious," and said two Maryland State Police helicopters were sent to the scene to take patients to hospitals.

Police said they weren't sure where the patients would be taken.

Two men, juvenile face drug charges

Two men and a youth were arrested last week in Washington County on drug charges, according to the county's Narcotics Task Force.

On June 25, police charged Jason Craig Chapman, 27, of 815 Washington Ave. in Hagerstown, with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine, police said.

Police said a police informant contacted Chapman and allegedly arranged to meet him at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown to purchase $200 of crack cocaine.

Police said Chapman was arrested after allegedly selling crack cocaine to the informant.

Chapman has been released after posting $50,000 bond, police said.

On June 27, police arrested a juvenile they said was trying to sell one ounce of marijuana in the parking lot at Valley Mall in Halfway. Police said an informant contacted the youth, who allegedly had marijuana and a set of digital scales.

After he weighed the marijuana, police said the boy asked for $220 for the marijuana.

The juvenile was arrested and later released to his mother's custody.

On June 28, police charged Joseph Uddin, 25, of 51 E. Antietam St. in Hagerstown, with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine, police said.

A police informant allegedly purchased $50 in crack cocaine from Uddin in the 800 block of West Washington Street, police said.

Uddin allegedly had a crack pipe in her possession when she was arrested, police said.

Uddin was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $40,000 bond.

Frederick family is displaced by fire

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick family was displaced early Tuesday when their home caught fire, according to a press release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

The fire at 305 W. 12th St. was reported about 1:10 a.m., and officials declared the fire an accident. The fire marshal said that improperly discarded smoking materials ignited the blaze.

About $10,000 was lost in contents, and the fire caused $100,000 in structural damage, officials said. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The occupants were Robert and Amberly Keefer, and their children, Esme and Ava, officials said. The home is owned by Gary Jackson.

It took about 55 firefighters 25 minutes to control the fire, officials said.

Stolen vehicle found in church parking lot

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A vehicle stolen in West Virginia turned up in the parking lot of an Antrim Township church last week, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the vehicle, reported stolen in Terra Alta, W.Va., was found abandoned Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church on Hollowell Church Road.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 717-264-5161.

Sobriety checkpoint is planned in county

The Washington County Sheriff's Department will have a sobriety checkpoint in place July 16, police said.

The time and location of the checkpoint were not provided.

This is the second checkpoint conducted this year by the sheriff's department.

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