Police log

April 04, 1997

Man charged with stealing equipment

MAUGANSVILLE - A Maugansville man who allegedly stole office equipment from a business that fired him was arrested Wednesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Rahul Kuckreja, 24, of 14119 A Maugansville Road, was charged with two counts of felony theft and one count of attempted felony theft.

Kuckreja was fired by Citicorp last Friday, deputies said. An employee found a desk-sized computer and keyboard inside a piece of luggage owned by Kuckreja, deputies said.


Kuckreja was arrested and investigators obtained a search warrant Wednesday because they suspected he had taken additional items, deputies said. Deputies searched Kuckreja's home at about 11:30 a.m., authorities said.

Deputies seized additional computer software and accessories from the residence, authorities said.

The investigation is continuing.

Vandals hit Smithsburg High

SMITHSBURG - Vandals attacked Smithsburg High School with paint, markers and eggs between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The vandals wrote "vulgar slogans" on 10 windows, drew "satanic and sexual artwork" around the school and threw eggs on the rear of the building, deputies said.

Fire destroys Fairplay shed

FAIRPLAY - Fire destroyed a shed behind a house on Sharpsburg Pike early Thursday morning, fire officials said.

The blaze began at about 2:30 a.m. behind 7318 Sharpsburg Pike, said Lt. Ira Heller of the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. No one was injured.

Heller said firefighters had the blaze under control in about 20 minutes. He said a lawn mower and other items were damaged in the fire.

Fire on the 20-by-45 foot storage shed was discovered by owner Floyd Otzelberger, authorities said.

The state fire marshal's office estimated the total loss at $15,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Car stolen in less than 12 minutes

It only took 12 minutes for a woman to lose her car in Hagerstown Wednesday morning, Hagerstown City Police said.

The woman parked her car on Noland Drive to visit her daughter at 9:30 a.m. and returned at 9:42 a.m. to find it gone, police said.

Police are looking for a blue 1989 four-door Toyota Corsica with Maryland tags 64686HD.

Two charged at Orioles' game

BALTIMORE - Two Tri-state area men were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly tried to climb the fence at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Opening Day, the Baltimore Police Department said.

Michael Crawford, of Hagerstown, and Christopher Shoop, or Greencastle, Pa., were charged with trespassing and released on their personal recognizance, police said.

A police officer saw the men climbing the iron fence on the Camden Street side of the stadium, police said.

The Orioles were playing the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day Wednesday afternoon.

Woman injured in accident

A Hagerstown woman was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital late Thursday after being struck by a car at the intersection of West Franklin and Winter streets, officials said.

Tina Colleen LaPole, 34, was crossing Franklin Street at about 4:41 p.m. when she was struck by a Toyota Supra driven by a Hagerstown man, according to Hagerstown Patrol Officer Casey Yonkers.

A witness said the light was green when LaPole crossed, Yonkers said.

The driver's identity was unavailable on Thursday night, he said.

He would not be charged in the accident, Yonkers said.

Man charged with making pipe bomb

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County Sheriff's Department deputies on Thursday charged a 19-year-old man with explosives manufacturing, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Danatone Robert Swett, address unavailable, was charged with knowingly manufacturing, assembling, possessing, transporting or using a pipe bomb based on an Oct. 27, 1996, incident in Frederick, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry T. Meminger Jr.

The incident occurred at North McCain Drive, off Key Parkway, Meminger said.

No details of the incident were available on Thursday night.

Swett was released from Frederick County Adult Detention Center into the custody of his parents, according to a jail official.

Man briefly escapes police

FREDERICK, Md. - A man wanted by Colorado police was charged with resisting arrest after he broke free and fled Frederick City police who were taking him to police headquarters on Thursday morning, police said.

At about 9 a.m., James Anthony Damatt III, 19, was taken into custody without incident at 125 N. Market St, Apt. 3A, where he had been staying, police said.

The arrest was made based on information that a fugitive from Colorado was staying at the home, and confirmation from the Eagle County, Colo., Sheriff's office, police said.

While being escorted into the building, he broke free from Cpl. Andy Dewese and ran away, police said.

He was apprehended after a brief foot chase, during which he received minor injuries, police said.

Damatt was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, police said.

Information on why he was wanted in Colorado was not available.

As of late Thursday, he was being held on $10,000 bond at Frederick County Adult Detention Center, according to a jail official.

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