Police log

November 12, 1997

Police log

Teen charged with carrying weapon

SMITHSBURG - A Smithsburg High School student who allegedly slashed a seat on a school bus last week was charged Wednesday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The 15-year-old boy was charged with carrying or wearing a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property, deputies said. The boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, was released to his parents' custody.

The boy was on probation for a breaking-and-entering charge earlier this year, deputies said.

School officials received information Wednesday that the youth had slashed the bus seat on Nov. 6, deputies said.

The knife was taken by the sheriff's deputies, authorities said.

Sheriff's department seeks missing girl

The Washington County Sheriff's Department Wednesday requested help from the public in finding a Hagerstown area girl who was reported missing last week.


Amy Irene Shanholtz, 17, of Pleasant Drive, was reported missing on Nov. 6, deputies said. She contacted her grandmother and said she was with her friend, Sarah, but has not returned, deputies said.

Shanholtz is described as a white female with blonde, ear-length hair and blue eyes. She stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds.

Man charged with DWI, fleeing

FREDERICK, Md. - A combination of the state's new primary seat belt law and a gung-ho, off-duty state trooper led to a drunken driving arrest Wednesday, Maryland State Police said.

Lawrence E. Bassham, 55, of Rolling Green Court in Clarksburg, Md., was charged with DWI, driving with a revoked license, fleeing and eluding and failure to wear a safety belt, police said.

Trooper Wesley Lutz, who was off-duty at about 5 p.m., attempted to stop a 1995 Ford truck on Md. 355 at Md. 109 because the driver was not wearing a seat belt, police said. Lutz followed the vehicle for about two miles back to Bassham's residence, where two on-duty troopers arrested him, police said.

Cpl. Chris Sasse praised Lutz, who graduated from the police academy about five months ago.

"He took the initiative. That's the kind of dedication we put in this job," he said.

Bassham's wife, Elaine E. Bassham, was charged with knowingly allowing an unauthorized driver to operate her vehicle, police said.

Pa. man facing weapons charge

FREDERICK, Md. - Even in the dark, early-morning hours Wednesday, Frederick Police Officer Dennis Dudley noticed something strange about the man walking through the Kmart parking lot on West Patrick Street at 2:24 a.m.

The officer stopped Scott I. Sheetz, 33, of Hanover, Pa., and discovered he had a three-foot-long sharpened crowbar up his sleeve.

He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

CDplayer stolen

A CD player valued at $400 was reported stolen Tuesday from a 1993 Chevrolet parked at Maryland Metals, 449 Antietam Drive, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

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