Police Log

November 24, 1997

Suspects sought in W.Va. break-in

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - In a textbook example of what not to do in a burglary, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is looking for the person who left a math book behind in a break-in.

According to the report, Robert Webber of Hedgesville called police Saturday to report that a house he owns on Cherry Hill Road had been broken into sometime before 4:27 p.m. He told deputies that he believed kids had broken into the house because of the math textbook that was left behind.

Deputies found a boy's name in the book and were going to check with school officials in Hedgesville to determine whether he is a student and what connection he may have with the break-in.


The report said that the back door of the house, which Webber had been fixing up, had been forced open. A fire was started in the house, but was put out, apparently by the person or people who broke in.

Man arrested for assault

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville man was arrested by West Virginia State Police after he allegedly tried to run over two deputies at the 7-Eleven store in Hedgesville Saturday afternoon.

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office report, Deputies D.S. McGown and R. Kilmer went to the store to investigate a shoplifting complaint at 5:54 p.m.

The report did not indicate what precipitated the attempt by the driver to run down the officers. The vehicle was described as a red Jeep Cherokee with West Virginia handicapped tags.

The driver was a white male with brown hair and a mustache, brown eyes, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a gray shirt. His passenger was a white female with long brown hair, the report said.

The report said the Jeep fled south on W.Va. 901 and was later found abandoned in the Hedgesville Cemetery.

The owner of the Jeep, Kerry Stephen Kirby, 36, address unknown, was later arrested in Hedgesville.

The sheriff's report said charges pending against Kirby include assaulting police officers, fleeing and eluding police and driving without an operator's license.

Assault, destruction charged after dispute

A dispute between two men Sunday afternoon carried over to a Hagerstown area convenience store and led to an arrest and a damaged car, Maryland State Police said.

Jeffrey Lynn Short Sr., 30, of Hagerstown, was charged with second-degree assault and destruction of property, police said. He was released on personal recognizance.

Short and Donald Joseph Stevens Jr., of Hagerstown, had a roadway confrontation in the South End, police said. Short allegedly followed Stevens into the Snax Convenience Store parking lot on Md. 65 near Interstate 70 at about 5:15 p.m. and parked behind his vehicle.

Short allegedly grabbed Stevens and threw him into the side of another car at the gas pumps. The car, owned by Michael Joseph Crissy, of Hagerstown, sustained moderate damage to the right side, police said.

Water line ruptures

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Firefighters found they needed water vacs rather than hoses when they answered a call Sunday night at Hess Manufacturing Co. in Quincy Township.

The fire alarm that went off at 8:27 p.m. turned out not to be a fire, but a broken water line at the company, located at 6806 Anthony Highway. Mont Alto Deputy Fire Chief Mark Garling said a 12-inch water main connected to the plant's sprinkler system broke, spilling about 20,000 gallons of water into the building.

"The entire west end of the building was completely flooded," damaging office and production areas, according to Garling. He said water was five to six inches deep and damage to office equipment was "tremendous," although he had no dollar estimate.

He said the borough's reservoir dropped three to four feet in the 15 minutes before the water was shut off.

Teens cited for drinking

BOONSBORO - A Boonsboro man was arrested early Sunday after deputies allegedly found a handgun and drug paraphernalia in his car, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies searched the car after they responded to a noise complaint at 104 S. Main St., Boonsboro, and found its owner, Patrick Russell Neff, 19, of 21421 Ridenour Road, allegedly drinking alcohol with two younger men, deputies said.

The two men, John David Jarrell, 18, of 104 S. Main St., Boonsboro, and Dwayne Scott Way, 18, of 9439 Crystal Falls Drive, Hagerstown, ran away but were caught, deputies said.

Both were cited for underage drinking, deputies said.

Deputies searched Neff's 1970 Cadillac and found a small-caliber handgun under the driver's seat and "large quantities" of drug paraphernalia throughout the car, deputies said.

He was charged with having a handgun in his vehicle, possession of paraphernalia, underage drinking and possession of alcohol, deputies said.

Teen charged in single-vehicle accident

SHARPSBURG - A Sharpsburg teen and his 12-year-old passenger were injured Saturday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on Harpers Ferry Road, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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