Police log

July 30, 1998

Man, teen facing alcohol charges

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with driving under the influence and his 16-year-old passenger was charged with underage drinking after the two were pulled over Tuesday night by Pennsylvania State Police.

The police report said James W. Shetler, 38, of 4657 Scott Road, was pulled over on U.S. 30 in Hamilton Township at 9:12 p.m. The vehicle he was driving swerved into the center turn lane several times, according to the report.

Shetler was charged with driving under the influence and was jailed for violating bail conditions on other charges, the report said.


The report said the boy with Shetler had two six-packs of beer with him.

Three charged in Prospect St. fire

The day after the Hagerstown City Police's Street Crime Unit raided a South Prospect Street basement apartment for loud music and made several drug arrests, there was an arson at the apartment.

Three people have been charged as a result of the July 16 fire at 233 S. Prospect St., according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh.

Elizabeth Frances Claggett, 24, and Douglas Irvin Artz, 24, both of that address, are charged with one count each of second-degree malicious burning, felony malicious destruction of property and hindering police.

Also charged in the fire was Ruth Anne Mason, 19, no fixed address. She was charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property, Hersh said.

Police went to the address on July 15 for the loud music complaint and made several drug arrests, including Claggett, according to police reports.

The fire occurred the next day, police said.

Car burglarized in Food Lion lot

A Food Lion employee's car was entered and her purse was stolen between 2:30 and 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The incident, which involved the breaking of the employee's window, occurred at the Virginia Avenue store, according to Deputy Richard Schleigh.

Witnesses sought in car theft

Washington County sheriff's deputies are looking for witnesses who may have seen two young men who stole a 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck Tuesday night and then ditched it in the 21100 block of Twin Springs Road in Chewsville at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The two suspects were described as white and in their late teens or early 20s, deputies said.

They got into a light-colored pickup truck with another white man, deputies said.

Anyone with information can call 301-791-3020.

Cars burglarized on Irvin Avenue

Thieves burglarized a vehicle in the 300 block of E. Irvin Avenue, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The owner reported to police Tuesday that someone got into the car that was parked to the rear of 341 E. Irvin Ave. and took a black CD case, 50 CDs and a bottle of Polo Sport cologne. Total loss was $850.

Also that night, a resident at 235 E. Irvin Ave., reported a cellular telephone stolen from a vehicle, police said.

Woman sentenced on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was sentenced Tuesday on drug charges in U.S. District Court by Judge W. Craig Broadwater, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney.

Donna M. White, 35, of 2101 Douglas Oakes Blvd., was sentenced to five years and three months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, according to the release. She pleaded guilty on Feb. 20 to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine on Feb. 18, 1997, and March 6, 1997, in Berkeley County, according to the release.

White was put in the custody of the U.S. Marshal, according to the release.

Loaned car reported stolen

A Mercersburg, Pa., man loaned his car to a woman in Hagerstown last week, expecting to get it back in four hours.

He never did, Hagerstown City Police said Wednesday.

The man gave his 1984 Mazda 626 to an acquaintance outside the Quality Inn on Dual Highway at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Lt. Margaret Kline said.

The woman told the man she needed to take it to Lancaster, Pa.

When the woman did not return, Kline said the owner waited, expecting she would eventually return.

On Wednesday, he filed a report with the police.

The car is described as a white, two-door vehicle with Pennsylvania license tags BNE4422.

Kline said the man does not know the woman's name and police have no suspects.

Computer games, jewelry stolen in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said jewelry and computer games were reported stolen in a burglary that occurred between Friday and Sunday at Hamilton Park Apartments in Hamilton Township, Pa.

The police report said a diamond necklace, diamond cluster ring, Nintendo 64 system, Sony Playstation and three games were stolen from the apartment of Cheryl C. White, 501 Park Circle.

Engagement ring stolen from home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A diamond engagement ring was reported stolen in a burglary Monday at the home of a borough woman, according to Chambersburg police.

The ring was stolen from the home of Maria Russello, of 83 S. Federal St., between 12:15 and 3:30 p.m., police said. The ring has a white gold band with a .7-carat diamond set in a six-prong mounting, police said.

Cash stolen

CLEAR SPRING - Someone slipped into a home on East Mulberry Street during the last week and a half and stole $100 from a purse, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The theft occurred between July 18 and Tuesday, deputies said.

The thief, who entered the home at 20 E. Mulberry St. through an unlocked kitchen window, took the money from the owner's purse, which was on the table.

Anyone with information can contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

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