Police log 1

April 11, 2000

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A bad belt on a rooftop heating and air conditioning unit caused smoke Monday afternoon in the Chambersburg Medical Building, 120 N. Seventh St., according to Chambersburg Fire Chief Allen W. Baldwin.

Light smoke was reported in a first-floor office and hallway of the building at 4:37 p.m., Baldwin said. No one was injured, and the building, which is an annex of Chambersburg Hospital, was evacuated and ventilated, he said.

Firefighters from the Fayetteville and Franklin volunteer fire companies assisted the Chambersburg Fire Department at the scene. Baldwin said firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two boys were charged with vandalizing a cemetery on Friday, according to a Chambersburg Police Department report.

The boys, ages 12 and 13, were charged with institutional vandalism, desecration of venerated objects, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, police said. The report alleged they were seen smashing ceramic figurines decorating several graves in the Lincoln Cemetery.


The report alleged the boys also stole items from a tree house on Coldbrook Avenue and smashed its windows. One boy was turned over to the Franklin County Children's Aid Society and the other was taken to the Abraxas youth detention center in South Mountain, Pa., police said.

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Mercersburg man was in Franklin County Prison Monday after Pennsylvania State Police charged him Sunday with recklessly endangering another person.

The report the incident happened at a Karper Road home at 3:22 a.m. when a man pointed a .22-caliber rifle at John A. Myles, address unavailable.

Police said Ronnie Lee Smith Jr., address unavailable, was taken into custody by two troopers and arraigned before District Justice John Weyman.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Baltimore man was listed in fair condition at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., after falling from a ladder at a Frederick construction site Monday, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Police said Eugene Wall, 54, was working at a construction site at New Design Road and Interstate 70 when he fell about 20 feet to the ground at 10:20 a.m.

Wall was flown to the trauma center at Suburban Hospital with leg and hip injuries.

He was working at the site for Dewey Jordan Inc., police said.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after a traffic stop Saturday night.

Antwyne Thomas, 22, of Eagle Avenue, was driving on Center Street when he was stopped for speeding and other traffic violations, according to Charles Town Police Chief Michael Aldridge.

The officer alleged he smelled marijuana in the car, Aldridge said. Police allege six bags of suspected marijuana were found.

The bags were confiscated along with $1,060 in $20 bills, Aldridge said.

Thomas was being held on $25,000 bond.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town police seized a car, cash and marijuana Friday evening after making two arrests on drug charges.

Brad Allan Butler Jr., 18, of 209 Morgan Ave., Charles Town, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and was being held in jail Monday evening on $25,000 bail, according to Charles Town Police Chief Michael Aldridge.

Lisa Ann Burch, 35, of 500 E. Washington St., Charles Town, was charged with possession of marijuana. She was released on her own recognizance.

Aldridge alleged police found more than 15 grams of marijuana and $600 at Burch's apartment. They were taken by police, along with Butler's 1993 Honda, which Aldridge alleged was used to bring marijuana to the apartment.

Charles Town police will file a civil forfeiture motion in an attempt to keep the car, according to Aldridge.

Police also charged one juvenile with possession of marijuana and another with possession of tobacco.

A second 17-year-old was charged Monday in the March 20 burglary of a Washington County home, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Deputies said three people broke into a home on Gossard Mill Road and took six handguns, knives, coins and other items.

The teenager from Westminster, Md., was charged with theft of more than $300, malicious destruction of property over $300, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary with a firearm, third- and fourth-degree burglary, reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit felony theft.

He was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on unrelated charges, deputies said.

Deputies had previously charged Michael Patrick Sandel, 23, of New Windsor, Md., and another 17-year-old Westminster juvenile in the burglary.

Sandel remained in custody Monday on $100,000 bond. The first juvenile arrested was released to his parents March 23, deputies said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was assisted in its investigation by Carroll and Frederick county sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police in Westminster.

Police said the accident will be investigated by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health organization.

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