Police briefs

February 20, 2008

Drug charges filed after traffic stop in Hagerstown

Three people face charges after police discovered marijuana and crack cocaine in a vehicle stopped for a minor traffic offense Monday in the 200 block of East Baltimore Street in Hagerstown, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said in a news release.

The following people were charged, according to the release:

· John Leroy Ferguson, 52, of 12202 Brookfield Ave. in Hagerstown, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

· Harmeen Gillard, 27, of no fixed address, was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon.

· David Randall Wolford, 44, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with driving on a suspended out-of-state license.

Fire damages machine owned by Maryland Metals

An accidental electrical fire Tuesday caused about $5,000 in damage to a machine at 449 Antietam Drive, owned by Maryland Metals, the Maryland State Fire Marshal said.


About 25 firefighters took 10 minutes to control the fire, the fire marshal said in a news release.

The fire, which was discovered by an employee, was reported at 2:06 a.m. Tuesday.

Pa. inmate, woman charged in escape

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A man who failed to return to Franklin County Jail from a work release job interview Monday has been charged with escape and his girlfriend was charged with hindering his apprehension, according to information from Magisterial District Judge Todd Williams' office and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Police were notified at about 1:30 p.m. that Michael D. Hackey Sr. failed to return from the job interview, Warden John Wetzel said. Hackey was picked up by Chambersburg police about two hours later, he said.

The affidavit filed against Hackey states he was found at the West Burkhart Avenue home of his girlfriend, Cynthia Renee Pearson. State police said Pearson was charged with hindering his apprehension.

Hackey had been in jail since September serving what was supposed to be a one-month sentence for a parole violation, Wetzel said. Hackey had been unable to get a home plan approved that would have allowed for his release, the warden said.

Escape is a third-degree felony in Pennsylvania with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

Had Hackey continued to be unable to get an approved home plan, his period of parole would have expired in 13 months, at which time his sentence would have been complete, Wetzel said.

Va. man injured in motorcycle wreck

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Virginia man had moderate injuries in a motorcycle accident Monday afternoon in the 800 block of Lincoln Way East, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Walter M. Hughey, 67, of Vienna, Va., was riding a 2007 Yamaha east at 2:34 p.m. when he tried to stop for traffic and lost control. The motorcycle hit a curb and landed in the parking lot of the Kwik Chek at 816 Lincoln Way East, police said.

Hughey was treated at Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

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