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Police issue warning about high water levels

September 17, 1999

Maryland Natural Resources Police are urging boaters, swimmers and wading fishermen to stay off the Upper Potomac River and its creeks and streams as water levels swell after recent rains.

Water levels on the Potomac River have reached the caution stage for recreational use from Cumberland, Md., to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., according to Natural Resources Police.

River levels at Millville, W.Va., are considered hazardous, affecting levels downstream from Harpers Ferry to Little Falls, Md., the agency reported.

Hazardous water levels are also reported along the Monocacy River in Frederick, Md.

The advisory will be in effect through Monday, police said.

The advisory doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or experienced whitewater paddling teams, although caution is urged.

Vision Quest escapee found

GUILFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police captured an escapee from the Vision Quest juvenile detention facility in Guilford Township on Friday.

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Andre Jackson, 17, had been missing since about 11:45 a.m. Friday from the facility at 1011 Rocky Mountain Road.

He was found along Pa. 30 around 7:40 p.m., police said.

Money stolen from laundry facility

ANTRIM TOWNSHIP - Almost $1,000 was stolen from Wash House Laundry overnight Thursday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Someone entered during business hours, broke a hole through a wall from a bathroom into a back room, then pried open a door to a security room, police said.

The back of two change machines were cut out and $981.50 removed, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161.

Pa. man cited in accident

LICKING CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A McConnellsburg, Pa., man was cited for a tire traction surface violation after a 1984 Ford LTD slid off Pa. 30 into guardrails, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Jack Spriggs, 36, was cited for having less than the required 2/32-inch tread depth, police said.

Spriggs was eastbound on Pa. 30 east of Patterson Run Road shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday when the car slid broadside after he went down a hill and through a sharp curve, police said.

Spriggs and his passenger, Sandra Jefferson, 37, of McConnellsburg, Pa., were both wearing seat belts, police said.

Spriggs hurt his left arm and Jefferson hurt her right ear, police said.

BB gun found during traffic stop

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A 17-year-old was cited for carrying a loaded weapon other than a firearm on Friday after police found a BB gun during a traffic stop, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The juvenile was stopped on Schoolhouse Lane near the elementary school shortly before 7:30 a.m., police said.

Two injured after hitting deer

GUILFORD TOWNSHIP - Two New York residents were treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital Thursday after a deer went through their windshield, landing in the passenger's lap, officials said.

Joseph Spinosa, 57, and Carol Ann Spinosa, 57, both of Hicksville, N.Y., were northbound on Interstate 81 near Exit 4 shortly after 10 a.m. when a deer ran westbound across the interstate, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Their vehicle struck the deer, which landed on her lap, police said.

Computer equipment stolen

Almost $3,000 in computer equipment was stolen overnight Thursday from a construction trailer at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown, according to Maryland State Police.

Stolen were a Compac EPN3 Desk Pro computer with a Samsung 17-inch monitor and a Modern US Robotics 56K modem, police said. The total value was estimated at $2,950.

A blue pickup truck may have been in the area at the time, police said.

Several of the trailer's windows were broken out, police said.

Anyone with more information is asked to call Trooper 1st Class D.A. Harper at 301-739-2101.

County Commuter bus window broken

The window of a County Commuter bus was broken Friday around 7:30 a.m. after a rock was thrown through the window as the bus was driven through Washington Square in the West End, said Craig Pensinger, operations coordinator.

Pensinger said a damage estimate was not available.

Police said a juvenile boy was arrested but further details were not available.

Man charged with sex offenses

A 28-year-old Hagerstown man has been charged with numerous sex offenses involving a 14-year-old girl.

Michael Shawn Wolford, formerly of Frederick Street, was being held on $100,000 bond Friday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

According to investigator Pete Lazich, Wolford was charged Wednesday with second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses and second-degree assault.

Lazich said the incidents allegedly occurred in August when a number of people, including Wolford and the girl, were swimming in Antietam Creek.

The two of them left in Wolford's car and drove around for a while before stopping, Lazich said. The girl told police Wolford forced himself on her sexually.

Dropped off at a friend's house, the girl didn't tell anyone about the incident until Tuesday when she confided in a teacher at her school, Lazich said.

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