Police briefs

March 27, 2008

Man charged in connection with four Hagerstown-area burglaries

Troopers charged a man in connection with four burglaries in the Hagerstown area during December 2007. Maryland State Police had investigated two burglaries at the Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, and two burglaries at the Wooden Keg Liquor Store on Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown, troopers said in a news release.

Thomas Michael Randall was charged with four counts of second-degree burglary and other crimes, troopers said.

He was extradited by Maryland State Police to Maryland from South Carolina, where he had been arrested by local authorities on a Maryland Division of Correction retake warrant.

Randall was in the custody of the Division of Correction, troopers said Thursday.

He was also charged with four counts of fourth-degree burglary, six counts of theft and three counts of malicious destruction of property.


Hedgesville man burned while trying to light stove

HEDGESVILLE, Md. -- A man was burned this morning as he tried to light a stove, a Berkeley County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

He was flown to a hospital, she said.

No additional information was available.

Rocks thrown by Chambersburg boys strike tractor-trailers on I-81

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Three Chambersburg boys were involved in rock-throwing incident Wednesday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The boys were throwing rocks off of the overpass at mile marker 12 on Interstate 81, troopers said in a news release. Rocks hit three tractor-trailers, but none of the victims wanted to pursue the incident, troopers said.

Burglary, vandalism reported at Lurgan Lions' community center

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Troopers on Wednesday were investigating a burglary at the Lurgan Township Lions Club Community Center, Pennsylvania State Police said.

A burglar threw items off shelves inside the building and spray-painted obscenities on the east side wall outside, troopers said in a news release.

Anyone with information can call investigators at 717-264-5161.

Man faces heroin charge in Berkeley County

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 27-year-old man was in Eastern Regional Jail on Wednesday evening after police charged him with drug offenses near a convenience store north of Martinsburg, according to jail and Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Kenneth Wayne Riley, of no fixed address in Martinsburg, was charged by West Virginia State Police on Tuesday with possession with intent to distribute (heroin), according to court records.

A $100,000 bond was set for Riley by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, records show.

Police alleged they found Riley in a parked vehicle at the 7-Eleven at Williamsport Pike (U.S. 11) and Berkeley Station Road with 26 packs of heroin that had a street value of $800, according to a complaint filed with the court.

Arrest made in Berkeley County strip club parking lot brawl

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Winchester, Va., man was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of malicious assault stemming from a fight at a strip club in the early-morning hours of Easter Sunday in southern Berkeley County, according to magistrate court records

Matthew Lee Clark of 3018 North Frederick Pike was arraigned on a $10,000 bond.

The fight in the parking lot outside of Vixens Gentlemen's Club and The Underground Gentlemen's Club off U.S. 11 near Bunker Hill, W.Va., was reported about 2:45 a.m., according to West Virginia State Police Trooper W.M. Roden.

In a complaint filed with the court, Roden said the victim had a small knife cut on his right arm, a "deep" laceration about 5 inches long on his chest and two scratch marks on his neck under his chin.

The victim was treated at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center and released a short time later, Roden said.

Sheriff's Department deputies with Berkeley County and Frederick County, Va., assisted State Police with the investigation.

Tractor-trailer overturns on I-81 ramp at Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT - A tractor-trailer attempting to take the Interstate 81 ramp northbound from Virginia Avenue overturned shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, closing the ramp, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the 9:06 a.m. incident.

Maryland State Police determined that Stavon L. Davis, 28, of Harvey, Ill., was operating a P.A.M. Transport tractor-trailer at a speed too great for the ramp when the load of springs weighing 48,000 pounds that he was hauling shifted and caused the truck to turn onto its side on the ramp.

Traffic flow on Virginia Avenue and the interstate was unaffected by the accident.

Man charged with assaulting Washington County sheriff's deputy

WILLIAMSPORT - What started with a man refusing to pay his cab fare early Tuesday ended with the man being charged with assaulting a Washington County sheriff's deputy.

The incident drew deputies to the Sheetz convenience store at 100 E. Potomac St. at 2:38 a.m. Tuesday.

Once there, Deputies Joel Footen and Benjamin Jones encountered Timothy Kevin Stotler, 28, in the parking lot in a dispute with a cab driver over an unpaid fare.

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