Police log

October 27, 1998

Cause of shed fire remains unknown

The cause of a Monday morning blaze that destroyed a shed containing $6,000 worth of livestock and machinery remains undetermined, according to State Fire Marshal Robert Hahn.

The fire at 1003 Sharpsburg Pike was called in at 6:49 a.m. When firefighters from Fairplay and Funkstown arrived, the 20x30-foot shed was engulfed in flames.

The structure was owned by Earl Grove, said Hahn.

Terry Gossard, who was in the shed at the time of the fire, received second-degree burns on his right hand while trying to put out the fire. Hahn said he refused treatment.


Firefighters from Fairplay, Halfway, Funkstown, Williamsport and Community Rescue worked for 10 minutes putting out the fire.


Suspects in AC&T robbery still at large

SMITHSBURG - The two teenage boys who robbed the AC&T Co. store in Smithsburg at gunpoint Monday morning remain at large, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The clerk told deputies the two entered the store at 1 a.m., and one of them displayed a handgun and took cash and cigarettes.

They left the store and were seen heading toward Md. 66 on foot.

Both were described as white, 17 to 19 years of age, wearing blue jeans, white sneakers and black face masks. One was wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt, while the other had on a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, deputies were told.

They were 5 feet 5 or 5 feet 6 inches tall and had slight builds.


Man hurt when car crashes into shed

A Williamsport man was treated at the Washington County Hospital and released shortly after an accident Monday afternoon where he lost control of his car and ran into a shed on Mapleville Road near Pondsville Road.

State Police Trooper Wayne Smith said Barrett Cross, 43, drove his Toyota Camry off the side of the road and across a yard into the shed at 3:30 p.m. Monday.


Deputy, motorist injured in crash

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick County Sheriff's deputy and a Union Bridge motorist were injured Monday evening in an accident at the intersection of Md. 144 and Md. 75.

Deputy Rich Rochford was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released shortly after the 9:45 p.m. accident.

John Green Jr., 56, of Union Bridge, Md., was in fair condition this morning, Frederick Hospital officials said.

Rochford was eastbound on Md. 144 approaching the intersection as he responded to a 911 call, using his lights and siren, according to deputies.

Encountering a red light, Rochford slowed and proceeded through the intersection where he was hit by Green's northbound vehicle.

Both vehicles spun out with Green's car ending up on a concrete median and the cruiser in the northbound lane of Md. 75, deputies said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.


Suspicious package didn't contain bomb

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Maryland State Police were called to investigate a box found outside the Glade Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center administrative offices Monday afternoon.

The investigation took place at 11:02 a.m. at the facility at 86 W. Frederick St., Walkersville.

State Police Fire Marshal James Woods X-rayed the box and found no explosives.

As a precaution, the parking lot was checked by a bomb dog but no explosives were found, police said.

The nursing home also received a bomb threat on Oct. 11, police said.


Bomb found on road detonated safely

FREDERICK, Md. - A pipe bomb that was found on Biggs Ford Road about 20 feet west of the Monocacy River was detonated safely by the State of Maryland Fire Marshal's Office Bomb Squad on Monday morning.

The bomb was reported to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office by two Frederick County Highway Department workers, who found the device as they were cutting weeds along the road at 10:35 a.m.

The bomb was made of plastic and filled with black powder. It was about five inches long and two inches in diameter, said police.

The sheriff's office bomb dog, Brix, checked the area for more bombs but found none.

The incident was being investigated by the sheriff's and state fire marshal's offices.

Stereo equipment stolen from truck

Stereo equipment valued at $1,900 was stolen Monday from a Ranger pickup truck parked in the first block of North Main Street in Boonsboro, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Also on Monday, deputies were called to the tower building next to Craig Paving Company at 118 Hump Road where someone broke in and stole a radio repeater, valued at $2,500.

A purse and contents, valued at $30, were taken from a vehicle parked in front of the First National Bank in the Valley Mall Monday, deputies said.

Hand tools valued at $1,000 were taken Monday from a locked detached garage in the 14000 block of Poplar Grove Road near Keedysville, deputies said.

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