Police log

February 27, 1997

Man charged with assault, forcing woman to eat litter

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro man was charged early Thursday morning with assaulting his girlfriend and forcing her to eat cat litter, according to police.

Donald E. Wantz Jr., 29, of 12146 Old Route 16, Waynesboro, was charged with aggravated assault at 4 a.m. The girlfriend allegedly was thrown outside, dragged back inside and punched several times in the face, according to Washington Township Police.

The girlfriend was thrown on the floor, had cat litter thrown onto her and was forced to eat it, a police report said.


When the victim's mother, sister and friend arrived at the scene, the girlfriend's sister was grabbed around the throat and choked after an argument, police said

The girlfriend's friend was also struck in the face and her glasses were knocked off after she tried to stop the chocking incident, police said.

The girlfriend was taken to Waynesboro Hopsital for treatment of cuts and a possible broken nose, according to the report. She also had two black eyes, police said.

No one found near county school

No suspicious characters have been spotted around Lincolnshire Elementary School since several children reported they were approached Wednesday by a man who wanted them to go with him into the woods.

To be on the safe side, Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies have boosted patrols around the school, according to Sgt. Doug Mullendore.

The students said a white man wearing black pants and a black shirt with red stripes came up to them and tried to convince them to go with him.

When alerted, school personnel and deputies checked the area but found nothing.

Mullendore said parents should remind their children not to go with strangers and to report any unwanted contact to parents or school personnel.

Teen charged in jewelry theft

A Hagerstown boy has been charged in connection with the January theft of $17,000 in jewelry from a home in the 1200 block of Outer Drive.

Hagerstown City Police said some of the items have been recovered at the boy's home while others were found at a Baltimore pawnshop.

Police said they got a tip that the teenager was involved in the Jan. 25 incident and began an investigation.

The boy, who turned 18 just five days after the crime, has been charged with burglary, malicious destruction of property and felony theft, police said.

He has been released to his parents.

Bond set at $100,000 for man

Bond has been set at $100,000 for a man charged with threatening his wife with a handgun Wednesday evening, Hagerstown City Police said Thursday.

Chris Eric Suder, 27, of 731 Maryland Ave., was arrested shortly before 7 p.m., police said.

He was found to be in possession of an unloaded .45-caliber handgun, police said.

Charges include first- and second-degree assault, and use of a handgun in a felony, court records said.

Man charged with threatening wife

A man accused of threatening his wife with a weapon was arrested shortly afterward in the 700 block of Maryland Avenue Wednesday evening, Hagerstown Police said.

Chris Suder, 27, of 731 Maryland Ave., was charged with spousal assault and carrying a concealed weapon, police said.

Suder was arrested at 6:51 p.m.

Police refused to say what the weapon was.

Fire police may get new base station

Hagerstown fire police probably will have a new radio base station by May to replace an outdated system from the 1960s, said Hagerstown Police Chief Dale Jones.

The current radio system gets interference from other communities, Jones said.

Hagerstown City Council members on Tuesday approved a $5,795 contract for the base station from Hankeys Radio in Frederick by a 5-0 vote.

The fire police paid for new hand-held radios, Jones said.

Two guns stolen

SMITHSBURG, Md. - Two guns were stolen from a house at 14457 Edgemont Road between Feb. 22 and Feb. 26, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Hancock road repairs underway

HANCOCK - A 100-foot length of corrugated pipe under Md. 144 that drains water from a nearby stream caused a 14-foot section of the main road east of town to sink 7 feet last week.

The pipe, which was 23 feet below ground, has been uncovered and will be replaced, possibly by next week, according to State Highway Administration officials.

In the meantime, traffic will be rerouted through the area, which is near the Park `N Dine restaurant, highway administration engineer Steve Davis said.

He said the detour was expected to remain in effect at least through the first of next week.

The roadwork started Feb. 24, Davis said.

A new section of pipe will be laid at a depth of 8 to 14 feet, and then the road surface will be replaced, he said.

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