Police log

June 14, 1999

Virginia man faces handgun charge

HANCOCK - A Virginia man was charged Sunday with a handgun violation following a traffic stop on Md. 522, according to Maryland State Police.

Tony Rivenbark, 41, of Grafton, Va., was also cited for traffic violations, police said. He was being held this morning on $10,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Police said the driver was pulled over in the southbound lane at 4:15 p.m. for speeding. An officer noticed a loaded .44-caliber handgun on the car console, police said. A box of shells was also found in the vehicle.


The driver was not licensed to carry a gun, police said.


Smithburg boy, 10, faces assault charge

SMITHSBURG - A 10-year-old Smithsburg boy was charged with second-degree assault after a child was shot with a BB gun Sunday afternoon, according to the Smithsburg Police Department.

Police said the victim was an 11-year-old boy. He was hit in the back and chest, causing bruises, police said.

The incident occurred at 2:40 p.m. at a Bryston Street home in the Whispering Hills subdivision, where a group was playing outside.

No one received serious injuries.

The 10-year-old was released to the custody of his father and will be referred to the Department of Juvenile Services, police said.


Hagerstown police busy over weekend

Hagerstown City Police were quite busy over the weekend, answering calls for thefts, vandalism and other incidents.

At 2 this morning, police apparently scared off a thief who was removing items from vehicles parked at Affordable Towing at 757 Frederick St.

Speakers were found on the ground near a vehicle, police said.

In other weekend incidents,

* A front window at the nearby Amvets Club was broken out Sunday, police said.

* A windshield was broken out of a vehicle at 225 W. Franklin St.

* Flat tires were found Sunday on vehicles at 320 and 304 S. Mulberry St.

* Vehicles at Richardson's Restaurant and Hampton Inn, both on the Dual Highway, were damaged over the weekend, police said.

* A car in the first block of East Avenue had its sunroof damaged as well as the theft of speakers and a CD player, valued at $500, police said.


Car reported damaged at Fountain Rock school

A car was damaged while parked over the weekend at Fountain Rock Elementary School, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies said the driver and passenger windows of the 1990 Chevrolet Corsica owned by David Harry Smith, 47, of 11012 Coventry Lane were smashed.

The incident took place between 2 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Deputies estimate the damages at $200.


Woman injured in bicycle accident

HALFWAY - The Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway responded to a report of a female bicyclist struck by a car Sunday morning in the 10700 block of Downsville Pike.

The 59-year-old woman was lying on the shoulder of the road when volunteers arrived, according to Alan Matheny, fire company spokesman.

The name of the victim was not released.

Rescuers determined the woman had fallen off her bike and was not struck by a car. She was taken to Washington County Hospital and is listed in serious condition, Matheny said.

The victim was wearing a bicycle helmet, he said.

In addition to Halfway, the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company responded.


Reward offered in Pa. break-in

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a $2,000 reward is being offered after a Southampton Township restaurant was broken into Saturday for the second time in a month.

Police said The Treat, 9826 Molly Pitcher Highway, was broken into between 2 and 5 a.m. but nothing was stolen.

The report said the owners of the restaurant are offering the reward for information leading to an arrest in a May 21 break-in at the restaurant.

Anyone with information about either burglary may contact state police at 1-717-264-5161.


Milk contamination reported at Pa. farm

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Pennsylvania State police are investigating an incident of milk contamination at a Peters Township farm over the weekend.

The report said a barn on Mountain Road was entered between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday and an antibiotic was used to contaminate the milk. It happened at a barn owned by Gregory A. Mellott of 5178 Lincoln Way West.

"It happened to us about four years ago," said Rhonda Mellott, who discovered the problem. She said she was preaparing for the morning milking Sunday when she discovered the measuring stick in the tank was missing and decided to test the milk.

"It had to be somebody who was aware" of what they were doing, she said. Had the milk been pumped into a tanker before the contamination was noticed, she said it could have ruined the milk of other farmers.

The farm where the contamination occurred is about eight miles from their home, Mellott said. She said none of the cows at the farm were being treated with penicillin or other antibiotics.


Four stuffed bears among items stolen

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Four stuffed bears were among the items reported stolen in a burglary that occurred between Wednesday and Friday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The stuffed animals and two videos were taken from the home of Hope Kauffman, 7444 Lincoln Way East, sometime before 11:30 p.m. Friday, police said. The items were worth about $140.


Ford van reported vandalized in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 1978 Ford van was vandalized while parked at a motel Sunday, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

The van is owned by Timothy Baker of Chambersburg, Pa. It was parked outside Motel 11, Philadelphia Avenue, Green Township. from 5:15 a.m. to 9 a.m., police said.

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