Police log

June 25, 1997

Missing teenager is found safe

Veronica Nadia Farah, 17, who was reported missing by her father on Monday afternoon, has been found, Hagerstown City Police said.

The Hagerstown girl was safe, and has returned home, they said.

Boys are charged in vandalism case

Hagerstown City Police have charged two boys, ages 10 and 12, with breaking into and vandalizing townhouses in the 1000 block of Irvin Avenue on Saturday.

Officers said the youths were charged as delinquent minors, and released to the custody of their parents.

The boys are accused of breaking out windows to get into the homes, and then kicking in bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors. They also are accused of pouring five gallons of white paint on the garage floor of one of the homes.


Damage was estimated at $1,000, police said.

Hubcaps and fog lights are stolen

Hagerstown City Police said someone took four hubcaps and two fog lights off a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse parked in the 100 block of Winter Street on Monday.

The items were worth $200, police said.

Burglary attempt made at Wendy's

Someone tried to break into the Wendy's restaurant at 1570 Wesel Boulevard early Tuesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

The front and back doors to the restaurant were pulled out, and the locks jammed. Pry tool marks were on the doors, police said.

Girl injured in fall from vehicle hood

FREDERICK, Md. - A Sykesville, Md., teen was seriously injured early Tuesday when she either fell from or jumped off the hood of a sport utility vehicle on the Emerson Burrier Road Bridge over Talbot Branch Creek, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office reports.

Catherine Smith, 16, was in critical but stable condition Tuesday morning in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Officers said several young adults were "hanging out" on the bridge when the incident occurred at 1:53 a.m. They said a 19-year-old Mt. Airy man moved the sport vehicle while Smith was on the hood. She ended up on the pavement, they said.

Morgan County awarded grant

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Sheriff's Department was awarded $56,071 Tuesday to help the department add another deputy to its force, according to U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.

The money was awarded through the federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, Byrd said in a press release.

Texas man injured in I-81 accident

HALFWAY - A Texas man was flown to the hospital Tuesday after a tractor-trailer overturned on an off-ramp on Interstate 81, Maryland State Police said.

The southbound vehicle, which was hauling tar paper, turned over on the driver's side as it was headed for the westbound lane of Interstate 70.

The driver, whose name was being withheld because the family had not been notified, was flown to Washington County Hospital. Trooper 1st Class Robert Care said the 58-year-old man was being treated in the emergency room late Tuesday night.

Care said excessive speed was a factor in the crash.

The accident occurred at about 8:50 p.m. Care said the man was trapped in the tractor for about 30 to 45 minutes. The southbound lane of I-81 was closed for about 45 minutes while a Maryland State Police helicopter landed.

The ramp was still closed at 11:20 p.m., Care said.

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