police log

February 17, 1999

Handgun reported stolen from car

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A handgun was reported stolen from a parked vehicle sometime Sunday night or Monday morning, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The report said a .357 Taurus five-shot revolver was taken from a pickup truck at Brechbill and Helman Construction Co. facility on Garber Road in Guilford Township. The truck belongs to Jarod Brechbill, 24, of Chambersburg, according to police.

The passenger door window was broken to get into the vehicle. Police said the face plate of a Pioneer car stereo was also stolen.



Pa. man charged in boy's assault

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a 34-year-old man with striking a 5-year-old boy on the back with a stick last week.

Donald Steven Bumbaugh of Chambersburg, Pa., was charged Sunday with simple assault, police said. He was arraigned before District Justice Larry Pentz and jailed in Franklin County Prison on $5,000 bond.

Bumbaugh was still in jail Tuesday, a prison spokeswoman said.

According to state police, the incident happened last Thursday at 8:40 p.m. at the Rolling Acres Trailer Park, 4603 Pine Lane. Police said there were nails protruding from the stick used to hit the boy.


Charges follow threat to hospital

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police charged a Chambersburg man with terroristic threats after an incident Sunday morning at Chambersburg Hospital.

The report said Jerome Wimberly, 45, was also charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in the 5:29 a.m. incident. Police said a man threatened acts of violence to people in the hospital, including a threat to bomb the building.


Man charged in theft from woman's home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man has been charged with theft after $1,000 was stolen from a woman's home Sunday morning, according to borough police.

The report said Kevin J. Murphy, age unavailable, of 210 W. Catherine St., was charged in the theft that occurred at the home of Holly Warsing of 101 N. Sixth St.

Police said the theft occurred between 4 and 10:30 a.m.


Man charged in thefts from purses

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police charged a Chambersburg man with theft after they received a report Sunday morning of a man stealing money from pocketbooks at a church.

Jamie Brown, age unavailable, of 90 N. Main St., was also charged with criminal trespass, according to police.

Police said the incident was reported at the First Church of God, 339 Lincoln Way East, at 10:54 a.m.


Teens face charges in graffiti incidents

Two teenagers were charged in connection with spray-painted graffiti on the old Channel Building on Northern Avenue Sunday night, Hagerstown City Police said.

An officer responded to the area at 10:30 p.m. and found two boys, aged 15 and 17, with a can of blue and a can of black paint, police alleged.

The "tags" painted on the wall were "Dopey" and "Antik." Police said they found two more examples of the same tags in the same colors on buildings on Hamilton Boulevard and Oak Hill Avenue.

The teens were charged with destruction of property, police said.


Burned man remains in Baltimore hospital

A man who sustained second-degree burns over 18 percent of his body when a cigarette lighter caught his shirt on fire Monday remained hospitalized Tuesday.

Gary R. Minnich, 46, address unavailable, was listed in fair condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Allen Ward said Minnich was at work at Redland Brick Co. on Monday morning when he returned a lighter to the pocket of his flannel shirt and it caught fire.

Fellow employees extinguished the fire, Ward said.


Car stolen

A 1992 Mercury Topaz was taken from Lakeside Drive on Sunday, Maryland State Police said.

The red four-door car with a sunroof has Maryland tags FRE 982.


House damaged by fire started by lighter

DICKERSON, Md. - A woman and her two young children escaped unharmed from a Monday morning fire at their home that started when a child was playing with a lighter, Maryland fire marshals said.

Fire marshal Mark Bilger said it took 50 firefighters 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. The 11:42 a.m. fire caused $75,000 damage to the two-story frame house, he said.

The fire, which started in the living room sofa, was discovered by Tanya Helms, 29, who said she smelled smoke while she was in the kitchen of her 6746 Ed Sears Road home.

Helms got her 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter out of the house and called 911 on a portable phone.

Two firefighters were treated at the scene for minor injuries.


Car reported stolen from S. Prospect St.

A red 1989 Nissan Pulsar was reported stolen Sunday from the 100 block of South Prospect Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

The vehicle, which has Maryland tags BHW 274, was discovered missing at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The car is valued at $2,000.


Handgun, stereo part taken from pickup

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