Police log

February 10, 1998

Police log

Teens charged with escaping center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two 17-year-old boys who were caught shortly after breaking out of Eastern Juvenile Detention Center Sunday were charged with escape.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said the teens were apprehended on foot no more than a mile away after they left through a window between 2:30 and 2:50 a.m.

The boys apparently pried back the wire mesh covering on a window and scaled a fence topped with razor wire. A sheriff's deputy spotted them hiding behind a dumpster.


One was caught after a brief foot chase; the other gave up.

Both boys were returned to the detention center.

Tombstones broken

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Tombstones were kicked over and broken Friday or Saturday night at Tuscarora Presbyterian Church, 2335 Tuscarora Pike, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said the vandals also left beer bottles and trash in the cemetery.

Escaped convict kills self in N.Y.

FREDERICK Md. - An escaped convict linked to two bank robberies who was seen in Frederick during the week of Jan. 17, committed suicide in New York City Saturday, according to Frederick Police.

Edward Thomas Brown, 31, shot himself as authorities entered an apartment in Manhattan believed to be occupied by Brown, according to information provided to Frederick Police by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Brown escaped from the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill, Pa., on July 29, police said.

He was seen in Frederick on Jan. 12. Police said the sighting was confirmed by photographs that were identified by representatives of the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution.

After his escape, Brown was linked to two bank robberies. He was wanted for an Aug. 15 bank robbery in Raleigh, N.C., and a Sept. 12 robbery in Hopewell, Pa., police said.

Following his escape from prison, Brown was featured on the "America's Most Wanted" TV show three times, police said.

Fire investigated

FREDERICK, Md. - The cause of a Sunday night fire that damaged an apartment on East South Street remained undetermined Monday, according to fire officials.

The second floor bedroom of the two-story, wood-frame duplex sustained extensive damage and the downstairs received minor damage, according to a report by Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank M. Rauschenberg.

The fire was discovered by the apartment's occupants. It took firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control, the report said.

Estimated damage to the structure was $15,000, and to the contents of the apartment, $5,000, according to the report.

The building, owned by George Schroyer, is insured, according to the report. The fire was still under investigation.

Man charged with 2nd-degree assault

A Chewsville man was charged with second-degree assault and theft after a fight spilled out onto Jefferson Boulevard at 12:15 a.m. Monday.

Brian Keith Smith, 38, of 20952 Twin Springs Drive, was taken into custody at a supermarket on Eastern Boulevard by Washington County Sheriff's deputies who were dispatched for the fight.

Nanette Jean Carter, 47, of 20952 Twin Springs Drive, told deputies she was assaulted and her purse was taken.

Deputies found Carter's purse and returned it to her.

Deputies said both Carter and Smith had been drinking.

Tools taken from construction site

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tools valued at more than $1,900 were reported stolen last week from a construction site in the borough, according to Chambersburg police.

The report said the theft took place sometime between Wednesday and Friday on the 800 block of North Penn Hall Drive. The tools, belonging to Gerald Lehman of Hagerstown, included an Emglo air compressor, two sections of air compressor hose, a Dewalt 1/2 -inch drill, a Makita quick charger, cordless drill kit and staple gun, two Stantech finish staple guns, and a Bosch skill saw, the report said.

Juvenile charged with assault

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A juvenile was charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after an incident last week at Chambersburg Area Middle School.

Borough police said the 12-year-old, whom they would not identify, was charged after a 1 p.m. assault Wednesday on a teacher at the school. The report did not name the teacher and gave no further details.

Tools stolen

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of tools from a Peters Township barn that occurred between 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to the report, a gray Craftsman tool box with about 150 assorted tools, a Craftsman 100-piece socket set and a come-along were taken from the barn of Carl Rotz of Fort Loudon. The barn is on U.S. 30, 1/2 mile east of Pa. 75, the report said.

Man charged with cruelty to animals

FREDERICK, Md. - A New Market, Md., man was charged Monday after a dog was found with a cut around its neck from a choker chain, according to the patrol division of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

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