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Crime Watch - Sept. 22

September 21, 2011

Teen who was stabbed recuperating from surgery

A teenage girl who was attacked by a man with a knife last week on Noland Drive in Hagerstown was recuperating after having surgery Wednesday to repair one of her lungs, according to the girl's mother.

Leticia West said Wednesday that her 17-year-old daughter, Lechelle Maiden, could be released from Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown as early as Sunday.

"She is going to make it," West said. "The doctors and the staff at Meritus are wonderful."

West said Maiden had to have surgery after her chest cavity filled up with blood. Maiden suffered stab wounds to her chest, buttocks and left arm, West said.

City police charged Norman Eugene Lyles Jr., 25, of 21405 Ruble Road in Boonsboro, with three counts each of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, as well as one count of reckless endangerment, in the Sept. 15 incident at 1032 D Noland Drive.

Lyles' bail was increased from $500,000 to $750,000 during a bond review hearing Monday in Washington County District Court.

Lyles also is accused of stabbing Jeremiah Thomas and Nikia Hall on the same night.

Police said Hall's and Thomas' injuries were not life-threatening.


Copper wire stolen on Air View Road

The Washington County Sheriff's Office reported that copper wire was stolen in the 19400 block of Air View Road near Hagerstown.

The thefts occurred from Aug. 1 to Sept. 20, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities have no suspects.


Sheriff reports several vehicles broken into in Sharpsburg area

Several vehicles were entered recently in the Sharpsburg area, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

The vehicles were parked at Battlefield Knolls, Horseshoe Bend and Potomac Crest.

Further details were unavailable.

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— By Dan Dearth

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