Police log 4/21

April 20, 2000

74 tires slashed on 48 Pa. vehicles

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A vandal or vandals slashed 74 tires on 48 vehicles in Chambersburg Thursday morning, Borough Police said.

Police said the vehicles were parked on East Catherine, East Liberty, South Third and Franklin streets.

The vandalism occurred between midnight and 4 a.m.

The police report did not list victims or list the estimated dollar amount of the damage.

Borough Police are offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information can call the department at 1-717-264-4131.


Vandals strike at historic cemetery

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Four gravestones in the historic Zion Episcopal Church cemetery were pushed over Wednesday night, according to the Charles Town Police Department.


There are about 75 decendants of George Washington's family buried in the cemetery, but none of the gravestones vandalized belonged to those graves, said Georgia Gessler, spokeswoman for the church at 300 E. Congress St.

The vandals also broke two cast iron flower pots, said Lt. Doug Nichols, adding police believe children are responsible.

Other gravestones were vandalized in the cemetery about two weeks ago, Nichols said.


70-year-old charged with two scuffles

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A 70-year-old Fayetteville man was charged with resisting arrest after a dispute with a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crew, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Francis Forsythe, 70, of 6488 Lincoln Way East, was also charged with disorderly conduct, according to the report.

Police said a man confronted a road crew that was trying to cut branches from a tree on Forsythe's property. The report said the branches were overhanging the road and berm.

The man continued to try and stop the crew after Trooper Jason Scholl arrived and fought with Scholl when he was taken into custody, police alleged.

Generator stolen after falling off truck

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating the theft of a generator that fell off a trailer on Interstate 81 Wednesday.

The report said the Artic Cat 7500-watt generator fell off a trailer that had a flat tire as it was northbound on the interstate. The truck pulling the trailer was driven by an employee of Robert Hill of Clear Spring, Md., police said.

The employee left with the truck and returned with Hill. When they arrived, two men were loading another piece of equipment into a maroon Chevy pickup.

Hill and the employee confronted the men, who then helped put the piece of equipment back on the trailer. The two men then left, but Hill and the employee could not find the generator.

The report said both men were in their 20s or 30s and wore sunglasses. One was about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a medium build, a mustache and short, dark brown hair. On his shirt was the name Mike.

The other was thin, about 6 feet tall and had short, dark brown hair, police said.

One man left in the pickup, which had a Pennsylvania license plate. The other drove away in a maroon Chevy van, police said.

Anyone with information can call state police at 1-717-264-5161.

Suicide has been officially declared in the April 6 gunshot death of a 34-year-old West Chester, Pa., man who was found next to a .22-caliber rifle in a parking area near the Antietam Battlefield.

Investigator Kenny Barnhart of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Thursday the Maryland State Medical Examiner's office made the determination after examining the man's shirt, which Barnhart delivered to them Wednesday.

"There were three bullets fired in quick succession, not one that splintered as earlier thought," Barnhart said.

He said the shirt had only one barrel mark made by the semi-automatic weapon known for having virtually no recoil. That would allow for the trigger to be pulled several times in quick succession, he said.

The manager of the Pizza Hut on Maryland Avenue went outside Wednesday when she spotted two women digging up the tulips planted around the restaurant, Hagerstown City Police said.

"Those belong to Pizza Hut," the manager told the women, police said.

One woman said, "So what?" picked up $15 worth of tulips and left in a car, police said.

The manager got the tag number and an investigation was under way, police said.

Also Wednesday:

* Someone stole $1,150 worth of CDs, fishing equipment and tools from a 1997 Neon parked in the 800 block of Hamilton Boulevard, police said.

* Two lawn chairs valued at $20 were taken from a front porch in the 200 block of Summit Avenue Wednesday, police said.

Someone broke into a garage in the 20000 block of Leitersburg Pike and stole $2,500 worth of parts from a vehicle, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Also Wednesday:

A red Honda XL motorcycle, valued at $600, was stolen Wednesday from the 13900 block of Cearfoss Pike, deputies said.

Maryland State Police were looking into the theft Tuesday of a black and white 1999 Yamaha four-wheeler from the 6500 block of Sharpsburg Pike.

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