According to the police report, Trooper Frank H. Gaus Jr. was traveling north on Briar Lane at 1:55 a.m. when he lost control of the car on a sharp turn. The cruiser went through the fence of a yard at 395 Briar Lane, the report said.
Along with damage to the fence and yard, the report said the police car struck a swimming pool pump and filter, the report said.
Gaus was not involved in a pursuit when the accident occurred, according to police.
Suspect sought in liquor store robbery
Hagerstown City Police were searching for a white male driving a small black car Thursday night believed to be a suspect in a robbery at Potomac Wine & Spirits, 725 Potomac Avenue.
A weapon was not displayed during the 10 p.m. robbery, but the suspect had his hand in his pocket and told store employees he had a weapon, police said.
The suspect grabbed a handful of cash, but it was not known how much was taken, police said.
Police described the white male as having black hair and wearing black pants and a black leather jacket. Some of the windows in the suspect's car were broken, police said.
Pa. store robbery under investigation
STATE LINE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a robbery Thursday night at Earl's Food Market, 15755 Pennsylvania Avenue, in Antrim Township.
A white male walked into the market at 6:15 p.m. and demanded cash from the clerk, police said.
A handgun was not displayed, but the suspect kept his hand in his right pocket as if he had one, police said.
After taking cash from the cash register, the suspect fled the scene in a small teal or greenish-colored vehicle with unknown Pennsylvania registration, police said.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with medium length brown hair and no facial hair, police said. He was wearing a black leather jacket and black jeans, police said.
Residents evacuated during bomb hoax
FREDERICK, Md. - A hoax explosive device found at East Patrick Street late Wednesday afternoon that caused the evacuation of more than 20 residents is under investigation by officials from the state fire marshal's bomb squad.
Bomb technicians were called at 5:30 p.m. to the 300 block of East Patrick Street, where a small wooden box, measuring about 8 inches by 12 inches, was found on the sidewalk, according to a fire marshal's report.
Residents in the area were evacuated and a portion of the street was closed until about 9 p.m., the report said.
Writing on the box indicated it contained a bomb, the report said.
After remotely disrupting the box, technicians found electrical components inside but no explosives, according to the report.
There were no injuries or property damage, the report said.
Constructing a hoax device is a felony that carries a maximum of 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine, the report said.
Woman injured in apartment fire
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A woman was treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital after a fire in her apartment late Wednesday night, according to Chambersburg Police.
Beth Hege, of 376 Burkhart Ave., was treated for smoke inhalation, police said. The fire in her apartment was reported at 11:56 p.m. and originated in a closet, police said.
Hege's four children and another adult were in the apartment at the time, according to the report.
Fire Chief Allen W. Baldwin said the fire was contained to the rear bedroom, where it originated.
The cause had not been determined as of Thursday and was being investigated by the fire and police departments, he said.
Baldwin described the fire damage as moderate. Firefighters were on the scene for two hours.
Home improvement scheme continues
A home improvement scheme that left a Fourth Street woman $3,000 poorer Tuesday was repeated that same day with a retired couple on Claire Street, Hagerstown City Police said.
The two men approached the couple, told them a story about loose shingles and water damage and then quoted them a $4,000 repair estimate, according to Capt. Roy Cave.
Unable to pay that much, the couple gave the men $670 in cash.
In both cases, no work was done.