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Police log

February 26, 1997

4 arrested in rash of car break-ins

Authorities have fired back at a recent wave of auto thefts that have hit Washington County.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department Monday have charged four people in connection with a rash of car break-ins over the last few weeks, police said.

Deputies identified those charged as:

  • Garland Pete Knipple, 20, of 124 Ray St., Hagerstown, was charged with five counts of felony theft, two counts of misdemeanor theft and theft scheme. He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.
  • Benjamin Wayne Hughes, 18, of 124 Ray St., Hagerstown, was charged with felony theft. He was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.
  • Anthony Alfred Britti III, 19, of 929 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, was charged with felony theft by possession. He was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bail.
  • A 16-year-old girl, whose name is being withheld because of her age, was charged with felony theft by possession through the Department of Juvenile Justice and released to her parent's custody.


Between Feb. 5 and Feb. 18, numerous cars were broken into in the St. James and Oak Ridge development in Williamsport, police said. Police said they recovered tools and stereo equipment valued at $820.

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The 16-year-old, Britti and Hughes were arrested in connection with those thefts, police said.

On Feb. 5, a number of vehicles were broken into near Woodside Drive and Sharpsburg Pike in Hagerstown, police said. More than $2,600 worth of items were stolen, including power tools, snow boards and related equipment. Some of the items have been located, police said.

Knipple was charged in connection with those thefts, police said.

Investigators said Tuesday they anticipate more arrests.

Brickland worker hurt in conveyor

WILLIAMSPORT - A Brickland Brick Inc. employee was injured Tuesday when he was caught in a conveyor belt at the plant on 15718 Clear Spring Road, authorities said.

The 18-year-old man was taken to Washington County Hospital, where a spokeswoman said he was in fair condition Tuesday evening.

Alan Butsch, a paramedic for the Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service, said the right side of the man's body was caught in the conveyor belt.

Man arrested after gun is pulled

SANDY HOOK - Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies on Sunday arrested a man they alleged pulled a gun on a man outside a liquor store.

Terry Wayne Shaff, 32, of Capland Shaff Road in Gapland was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, deputies said Tuesday.

Shaff was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

Deputies said they responded to an assault call in the parking lot of Hillside Liquors at about 6:30 p.m. Investigators discovered that Knoxville resident Eppie Eugene Taylor was sitting in a vehicle when he was confronted by a man.

According to Taylor and other witnesses in the vehicle, the man reached in his jacket pocket and pulled out a silver handgun, which he placed to the side of Taylor's head, deputies said.

After Taylor returned to his home on Hoffmaster Road, the gunman was seen riding in a vehicle with several other men near the home, deputies said.

Deputies said they stopped the vehicle and discovered that Shaff was a passenger. During a search of the man, police discovered a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol in his jacket pocket, police said.

Deputies also found suspected marijuana and a smoking pipe, police said. Shaff was arrested and the other men were released, police said.

Insulation stolen from construction site

Insulation valued at $1,200 was stolen from a construction site on Hopewell Road, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

The theft occurred between Feb. 11 and Tuesday, deputies said. The Perini construction site is located on 11431 Hopewell Road, deputies said.

Items stolen from vehicles

SHARPSBURG - Two vehicle break-ins were reported Tuesday morning, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

A black 1995 Jeep Wrangler and a red Volkswagen GTI parked at 121 W. Main St. were broken into late Monday or early Tuesday and about $1,100 in stereo equipment was taken, deputies said.

Three brushfires scorch W.Va. land

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Several brushfires kept firefighters in the Eastern Panhandle busy Tuesday, according to fire officials.

None of the fires resulted in any injuries or personal property damage, officials said.

A brush fire burned about three acres in northern Berkeley County off W.Va. 901. Another acre was burned near Oak Grove School Road near Jones Springs, officials said.

In Morgan County, a little more than an acre was burned off Fulton Road near the Berkeley County line, officials said.

Fire officials said the fires are being caused by unseasonably warm temperatures that are drying out woods.

Man convicted in fatal accident

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