Police log

May 04, 1999

The Office of the State Fire Marshal investigated a report of a suspicious package at the Prime Retail Outlets, 495 Prime Outlet Boulevard on Thursday evening.

A security officer at the outlets noticed an abandoned briefcase next to a trash can outside the Gap store around 6 p.m., deputies said.

The owner of the briefcase was not found.

The State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad used a portable X-ray machine to scan the case and determined it was empty.

There had been no threats to the outlet mall, deputies said.

Hagerstown City Police apprehended two minors who allegedly shoplifted from area stores on Tuesday.

Police said a 14-year-old male took items from Wal-Mart on Wesel Boulevard at 8:30 p.m.

A juvenile female had taken merchandise from Books' N Things, Long Meadow Shopping Center at 4:05 p.m.

Both were charged with juvenile misdemeanor theft and released to their parents.

A Walnut Towers resident alerted firefighters to a kitchen fire after hearing a neighbor's smoke detector go off shortly before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, said Hagerstown Fire Capt. Brian Pile.


A third-floor tenant in the public housing building on Walnut Street left home with chicken cooking on the stove, Pile said. The water in the pan evaporated and the chicken caught fire.

The damage was contained to the pan, Pile said.

BAKERTON, W.Va. - A boy stuck a pipe bomb in his pants pocket and walked home with the device after finding it in the Bakerton Quarry on Tuesday, according to West Virginia State Police.

Police believe someone may have been trying to detonate the bomb in the quarry but failed.

"It's a very serious thing," Trooper Jose Centeno said Tuesday night.

Centeno said it is important for parents to tell their children to never touch a pipe bomb if they discover one.

Anyone who finds a pipe bomb should call police or dial 911 to report it, said Centeno.

State Police were arranging for a special unit to respond to Jefferson County Tuesday night to deactivate the bomb.

FREDERICK, Md. - The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the intentional activation of a fire alarm pull box at Brunswick High School, 101 Cummings Drive, Brunswick, on April 29.

School administrators were tipped off by students with information.

Deputies identified a 15-year-old girl as allegedly having pulled the alarm.

BOONSBORO - Terry's Auto Center, 801 N. Main St., was burglarized recently, according to the Maryland State Police.

The suspect gained access by breaking a window, police said.

About $200 was taken from the register between 5 p.m. on April 30 and 7 a.m. on May 1.

BOONSBORO - A Sharpsburg man was apprehended after allegedly trespassing at Boonsboro High School on Tuesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Ethan Wayne McCoy, 18, of East High Street, Sharpsburg, was charged with trespassing on school property and trespassing on private property.

Deputies said the man had previously been served with a no trespassing complaint from school officials.

School administrators notified deputies the man was at the school at 8:42 a.m.

Deputies found him in the men's locker room. The man fled and was chased by deputies and Maryland State Police through the building.

He ran outside through a field onto Md. 66 and Alternative 40 where deputies and a state police K-9 unit apprehended him.

HANCOCK - A man was flown to Washington County Hospital with serious injuries after an accident on Interstate 68 near the Hancock exit on Tuesday, according to dispatchers with Washington County Emergency Services.

The accident took place around 8:30 p.m.

Additional information was unavailable.

FUNKSTOWN - A soda machine was vandalized and money was taken from it at the Funkstown Laundry Center, 6 N. Westside Ave., Funkstown, on Sunday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies said the thief forced open the machine's coin changer unit and took $220.

A door hinge to a rear storage room, valued at $10, was also damaged and a radio valued at $25 was stolen, police said.

The incident took place between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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