Police log for Sept. 11

September 10, 2000

Police log for Sept. 11

Woman trapped in city manhole

A woman who fell into a manhole in downtown Hagerstown was trapped briefly and the child she was carrying was injured Sunday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said the woman fell into the manhole in the 300 block of Jonathan Street at 9:40 p.m. The child she was carrying fell to the ground and hit his or her head, police said.

The woman was trapped up to her hip for about 15 minutes until Hagerstown rescue crews were able to get her out, police said.

Hagerstown Police Department Fire Police were called to direct traffic at the scene and city maintenance crews were called to secure the manhole to prevent further accidents.


Additional information was unavailable.

City man charged with assault counts

A man assaulted a Washington County woman and held her against her will for several hours Sunday morning, Washington County Sheriff's deputies alleged.

Matthew Crampton, 21, Hagerstown, is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful detention. He was being held on $5,000 bond Sunday at the Washington County Detention Center.

Deputies said a woman and her husband got into an argument at their home around 3 a.m. Sunday.

During the argument the man allegedly pulled out a loaded .22-caliber revolver and pointed it at himself and at her, before firing one round into the floor.

Afterward, the woman attempted to leave the house but her husband allegedly refused to allow her to go for several hours, deputies said.

The woman was eventually able to get out, drive to her mother's home in Boonsboro and report the incident just before 11 a.m., deputies said.

The man was taken into custody at his mother's home without incident, deputies said.

Deputies found a .22-caliber revolver at the home which was believed to have been used in the incident.

The weapon was confiscated by police.

Deputies search for shoe thieves

Two men who each tried on a pair of shoes at a Hagerstown store fled wearing the merchandise after the clerk became distracted Sunday afternoon, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said two black males entered the Foot Locker at the Valley Mall at 1 p.m. and requested to try on a pair of boots and a pair of sneakers with a total price of $305.

The clerk became distracted at the rear of the store and the men fled wearing the shoes.

The two men fled through the mall into the parking lot and used a vehicle to get away, deputies said.

Deputies ask anyone with information about the incident to call 301-791-3020.

Cash taken in Pa. residence

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said $1,000 in cash was reported stolen in a Friday burglary at a Southampton Township home.

Police said the money was kept in a lock box that was stolen from the Orrstown Road home of Rick Lee Coldsmith. The break-in occurred between 7:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., police said.

The house was entered by removing an air conditioner from a bedroom window, according to the report.

Vandalism probed at birthplace park

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said they are investigating vandalism last month at the James Buchanan Birthplace State Park in Peters Township.

Police said they have a lead in the damage to the park, but the person was not identified in the report. The report said that between 9 p.m. Aug. 20 and 6 a.m. Aug. 21 a truck was used to damage a bulletin board, two road signs, a stone water fountain, five picnic tables and a women's restroom.

Pa. business is burglarized

SPRING RUN, Pa. - A Fannett Township business was burglarized over the weekend, according to a Pennsylvania State Police report.

The Spring Run Lumber Barn, 19478 Spring Run Road, was entered through a side door sometime between 9 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen, the report said.

Township looks into attempted burglary

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an attempted residential burglary in St. Thomas Township over the weekend.

Sometime between 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday someone tried to pry the handle off a door at the garage of the School House Road home of Etta Iser, police said.

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