Police log

March 27, 1997

Tools stolen from construction site

SMITHSBURG - A complete torch set and accessories were stolen from the construction site at the water treatment plant on Crystal Falls Drive late Tuesday or early Wednesday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.

The thefts occurred during the same period as four vehicle break-ins in the Smithsburg area that were reported on Wednesday.

The equipment, valued at $1,200, was taken between 5 p.m. Tuesday night and 7 a.m. Wednesday, deputies said.

Boat motor and mount stolen

Thefts from autos have been reported with alarming frequency this year in Washington County. But thefts from boats?

On Thursday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said someone stole a Pan Fish trolling motor and mount from a boat parked at 17815 Virginia Ave. The theft occurred between 11:30 a.m. Monday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies said.

The motor was valued at $472.

Man charged with shooting crows


FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick City Police Thursday arrested a Frederick man they said fired a BB gun at crows in an area that has houses, businesses and cars, police said.

Robert L. Cline III, 18, of the 6700 block of Ford Road, was charged with discharging a firearm within the city limits and reckless endangerment.

Officers responded to a report of a person firing a rifle behind Amber Meadows Shopping Center at about 9 a.m., police said. Officers said that it was not a rifle, but a BB gun, that was being fired, police said.

The person had been firing at crows near houses, businesses and cars moving on Thomas Johnson Drive, police said.

Teen injured in collision with truck

LADIESBURG, Md. - A 16-year-old girl was injured after the bicycle she was riding collided with a dump truck Thursday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

Jessica May Miller, of 11870 Nicholson Road in Keymar, Md., was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center following the accident. She was later discharged, according to a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to police, A Mack dump truck, driven by Roy Reed, 50, of Hanover, Pa., was driving south on Md. 194 at about 3 p.m. when the accident occurred. Police said Miller was weaving in and out of the roadway.

The bicycle collided with the right lift axle of the dump truck and Miller was throw from the bike, police said.

Boy injured in bike accident

RANSON, W.Va. - A 12-year-old Ranson boy was injured Thursday afternoon when he ran his bike into the side of a car on the first block of West 5th Avenue in Ranson, said Ranson Police.

Danny Pence was riding without a helmet when his bike shot out of an alley and into the side of the car driven by Michelle Dawn Cotta, also of Ranson, said Lt. Robbie Roberts.

Police issued a citation to Pence's parents for allowing him to ride a bike without a helmet, Roberts said.

The citation carries a maximum penalty of a $10 fine or two hours of community service in a child safety program, Roberts said.

Children 15 and younger are required to wear bike helmets, Roberts said.

No charges were filed against Cotta.

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