Police briefs

November 26, 2008

Armed robbery suspect sought

HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday were looking for a man suspected of armed robbery and other crimes.

Joseph Phillip Simes, no age available, is wanted in connection with a recent home invasion robbery in Williamsport, Sgt. Roy Harsh said.

Simes is also known as "Birdman."

Deputies said Simes is a members of the Crips gang, and is considered armed and dangerous.

He may have connections to North Carolina and South Carolina.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Inwood man faces drug charges

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- An Inwood, W.Va., man has been charged with distribution of heroin and other crimes, Charles Town, W.Va. police said.

A confidential informant working with police arranged multiple controlled purchases of heroin with Kevin Dewayne Jenkins throughout October, officers alleged in a news release.


On Nov. 25, an informant made a controlled purchase from Jenkins on Morrison Street in Charles Town, police allege. Jenkins was taken into custody after the transaction, officers said.

Jenkins, of 32 Pilgrim St. in Inwood, is charged with four counts of distribution of heroin.

He was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Pennsylvania State Police respond to incidents

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police responded recently to the following incidents:

  • On Oct. 9, indecent assault and corruption of minors was reported in the area of Scotland Memorial Park on Scotland Road in Green Township, Pa.

  • On Nov. 24, criminal trespass was reported at Roxbury Ridge, 100 Meadow Drive in Shippensburg, Pa.

    Three charged in Frederick County shooting

    FREDERICK, Md. -- Three people have been charged in connection with a Nov. 20 shooting in southern Frederick County along the C&O Canal. A 37-year-old man, with no fixed address, had been shot multiple times, officers have said in a news release.

    James Tyrone Naylor Jr., 21, of Frederick, Steven Malcolm Martin, 18, of Frederick and Gloria Jean Flores, 19, of Frederick have been arrested in connection with the incident.

    Naylor, who knew the victim, was charged with attempted first-degree murder. Martin was charged with conspiracy to commit attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and being a person under 21 in possession of a handgun. Flores was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

    Incidents reported to Washington County Sheriff's Department

    The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded recently to the following incidents, according to Sgt. Roy Harsh:

    Tuesday, Nov. 25:

    o At 12:52 a.m., drug violations were reported in the Hopewell Manor parking lot.

    o At 1:02 a.m., breaking and entering was reported in the 700 block of Weverton Road. A Chipper-Vac was taken from a construction site.

    o At 6:49 a.m.., an assault was reported in the parking lot of the Colonial Motel.

    o At 3:21 a.m., a stolen motor vehicle tag was found in the area of Fairway Lane and Downsville Pike.

    Wednesday, Nov. 26:

    o At 1:50 a.m., shoplifting was reported at 7-11, 19340 Leitersburg Pike. Food was taken.

    o At 5:21 a.m., auto theft was reported in the 15600 block of Deerlodge Circle. A green Jaguar with the Maryland tag 7ENF44 was taken.

    Man sought on stolen vehicle warrant in Hagerstown

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of an 18-year-old man seen Monday driving a stolen vehicle in Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

    The warrant is for Matthew Allen Kerlin, of no fixed address, deputies said. Kerlin is white with brown hair, about 6 feet tall, and weighs about 170 pounds, deputies said. He frequents Hagerstown and Falling Waters, W.Va.

    Kerlin was stopped at 12:06 a.m. in the area of Avalon Avenue and West Washington Street in Hagerstown, deputies said. He was driving a 2003 gold or tan Honda Civic that was later confirmed to be stolen, deputies said.

    Anyone with information may contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 240-313-2170. The caller may remain anonymous, police said.

    Handguns reported stolen from Greencastle home

    GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Handguns were stolen Friday afternoon from a home in the 3500 block of Brook Street in Greencastle, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

    Someone forcibly entered the home between noon and 2:45 p.m., police said.

    Ice causes crashes on W.Va., Pa. roadways

    Unexpected ice caused nine or 10 vehicle accidents Tuesday morning, a Berkeley County, W.Va., emergency services dispatcher said.

    The accidents started happening just after 7 a.m., she said. Several people were taken to area hospitals.

    Many of the accidents were reported in the areas of Apple Harvest Drive and Back Creek Valley Road, she said.

    By 8:45 a.m., the sun was up and helping to melt the ice, she said.

    Black ice in Franklin County, Pa., also caused some fender-benders, a Franklin County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

    Martinsburg man charged in threats

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