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Police brief - Jan. 3

January 03, 2012

Hagerstown man faces drug charge after incident in Frederick alley

FREDERICK, Md. — A Hagerstown man was charged with a drug violation earlier this week following an incident that resulted in a second man being charged with firing a hunting rifle in an alley in Frederick.

Michael Keith Nikirk, 50, of Hagerstown, was charged with possession of PCP, according to a news release from the Frederick Police Department.

Another man who police allege was involved in the incident, William Richard Notneagle, 42, of Frederick, was charged with one count each of discharging a firearm in the city, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, the release said.

Police said they were called to a fight and possible gunshots at about 5:04 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Austin Alley.

When officers arrived, they questioned several people and determined that Nikirk was in possession of a cigarette that had been dipped in PCP, police alleged.

Officers later discovered that Notneagle and Nikirk had gotten into an argument, which prompted Notneagle to get a hunting rifle from his home, police said. Officers allege Notneagle indiscriminately fired the rifle in the alley.

Notneagle was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital to be treated for intoxication before he was charged, police said.

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