"The identity of the hog is unknown at this time," Senior Trooper S.E. Davis said Wednesday afternoon. He said he had set up his radar on Fairview Drive when a motorist stopped and told him about the at-large animal at about 5 p.m.
"We tried to apprehend him, but he got away," Davis said. The hog was wandering through yards in the neighborhood and one resident was trying to get a rope around him.
Davis described the hog as "about a 300-pounder. He's big." The last he saw of the hog was "its curly tail heading into the wood line."
Woman threatened by bra-clad man
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A scantily clad masked man broke into an apartment Tuesday morning and threatened a woman at knifepoint, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. the man forced his way through a window into the woman's apartment at the Wesley Village Apartments near Martinsburg, according to the report. The man held a knife to her throat and told her to be quiet.
Lt. Kenneth Lemaster said the man tried to gag her, but she kept yelling for help and he fled. The woman was not injured.
Lemaster said there was evidence that the man tried to pry the screens off windows at two nearby apartments. He also said that two residents reported hearing someone knock on their doors at about the same time.
The man was described as white, about six feet tall and 40 years old. He wore a white knit cap and a red scarf tied over his eyes. According to a report circulated to other police agencies, the man was wearing a bra and shorts.
Sentence extended for theft charges
Karen Davis, 28, who already was serving five years in prison, had more time tacked on to her sentence in Washington County District Court on Tuesday.
Davis, who used to live in Washington County, pleaded guilty to nine counts of petty theft and one count of grand theft in connection with the cashing of 10 bad checks in Hagerstown this year.
Prosecutors said Davis wrote checks totaling $4,892.82 on closed accounts, some of them belonging to family members. She cashed the checks at Sears Roebuck and Co., Wal-Mart and County Market stores here in January and February.
Four years of the five-year term Davis already was serving came as a result of similar bad check convictions, prosecutors said.
On Tuesday, Judge Ralph H. France II sentenced her to 18 months on each of the petty theft charges, to run concurrent with the term she's already serving.
On the grand theft charge, he sentenced Davis to 10 years in prison. He suspended four of those years.
Station wagon taken from city home
A station wagon was stolen overnight in front of a Hagerstown area couple's home, the Washington County Sheriffs Department said Wednesday.
The 1986 gray Oldsmobile custom cruiser was taken from 1839 Abbey Lane, deputies said. It has Louisiana license plate DXP-873.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.
Firefighter found dead at academy
EMMITSBURG, Md. - A Prince George's County firefighter was found dead Wednesday morning at the National Fire Academy, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.
Lawrence Edward Bosanko Jr., 39, died of an apparent heart attack in a dorm room just before 9 a.m., deputies said. Larry West, a forensic investigator with the state medical examiner's office, pronounced Bosanko dead on the scene.
Bosanko, a captain and career firefighter with the Prince George's County Fire Department, was attending classes at the fire academy. He was found by a campus security guard.
Although the death appears accidental, authorities said the Frederick County Sheriff's Department and the state medical examiner's office are conducting a joint investigation.