Police log

February 17, 1998

Police log

Reward offered in arson investigation

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An insurance company has joined Franklin County Crime Solvers in offering a reward to find who set a Dec. 22 house fire in Antrim Township that injured four firefighters and killed three pets.

The fire at 557 Buchanan Trail West was called in at 2:32 a.m. that day by two motorists using cellular phones. Two Jack Russell terriers and a cat in the house died. At the time of the fire, the Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. reported that the firefighters all had minor injuries.

The occupant of the house, Linda Shank, was at work when the fire occurred, a fire company official said in December.


Crime Solvers said in a press release that the fire was investigated by the state police fire marshal, who determined that it had been deliberately set. Evidence of a flammable liquid was discovered in the fire-damaged portion of the house, according to the release.

Crime Solvers said police have exhausted all leads in the case. The group is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a conviction.

Lititz Mutual Insurance Company is offering up to $5,000 more for information that will solve the crime.

Anyone with information can call Crime Solvers at 1-717-263-300. Callers can remain anonymous and still be eligible to collect a reward for aid in solving this or other crimes.

Pa. man faces weapons charges

HANCOCK - A Pittsburgh man was arrested Monday after an off-duty Baltimore City police officer witnessed a driver displaying a handgun during an argument between two drivers on the shoulder of Interstate 70, according to Maryland State Police.

Michael Lee Bolden, 28, was charged with possession of a handgun, police said.

State police received a call from a cellular telephone by an off-duty officer who said the driver of a 1991 Chevy S-10 pickup truck was involved in a traffic altercation with the driver of a tractor-trailer, police said.

Both drivers pulled their vehicles onto the shoulder of I-70 heading westbound east of Md. 615, where an argument took place and a .38-caliber revolver was displayed, police said.

The off-duty officer followed the suspect and reported the location by cellular telephone to state police, police said.

The suspect was stopped and the revolver was found on the front seat, police said.

Two charged with criminal conspiracy

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two people were charged by borough police Sunday with tampering with a vehicle on the 300 block of Black Ave.

Charged with criminal attempt to commit theft and criminal conspiracy were Jesus Rodriguez, 22, no fixed address, and a 17-year-old boy, according to police. The name of the teen was not released.

Rodriguez was arraigned before District Justice Gary Garter and jailed in Franklin County Prison. The juvenile was turned over to county juvenile probation authorities, police said.

The report said an officer on foot patrol at 1:11 a.m. spotted two people in a parked car that appeared to be tampering with the vehicle. It said the officer determined neither owned the car.

Juvenile charged with harassment

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police charged a juvenile with harassment after a woman was attacked early Monday morning at her home.

The report said Keisha Tasker, of 304 S. Hackberry Drive, was struck several times in the head, face, legs and chest by an unidentified juvenile in the 1:41 a.m. incident.

Md. woman found in pool of blood

FUNKSTOWN - A Funkstown woman was admitted to Washington County Hospital Monday night after she was found lying in blood on the sidewalk at 8 West Maple St. by a local fireman, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Catherine Beard, 51, of the above address, had been struck in the head by unknown means, the sheriff's report said.

Beard was treated in the emergency room at the hospital and admitted, but her condition was not available, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Anyone with information about this incident can call Tim Hafer, the investigating sheriff's deputy, at 301-791-3020.

Arrest made in string of burglaries

FREDERICK, Md. - An investigation of a string of daytime residential burglaries in the last few months led to an arrest Saturday and the recovery of nearly $2,000 worth of stolen property, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's office.

Kevin Michael Cavey, 18, of Mt. Airy, Md., was charged with first-degree burglary and felony theft, a sheriff's report said.

He is being held at Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $100,000 bond, according to the sheriff's office.

With the help of tips from residents in the Mt. Airy and New Market, Md., areas, where several of the burglaries occurred, sheriff's department investigators identified suspects and a vehicle, according to the report.

Some stolen property was recovered Friday in Carroll County, Md., where the suspected vehicle was found, the report said.

More of the stolen property was recovered that night, according to the report.

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