Police log in 12/15 Morning Herald

December 15, 2000

Police log in 12/15 Morning Herald

Hagerstown man charged following high-speed chase

A high-speed pursuit between Maryland State Police cruisers and a stolen pickup truck Wednesday evening ended in a field in Pennsylvania after the suspects rammed one cruiser, then were disabled by another.

Timothy Reuben Smith, 21, of 114 Buena Vista Ave., Hagerstown, has been charged with auto theft, first- and second-degree assault, two counts of malicious destruction of property and traffic violations.

A 16-year-old Hagerstown boy also has been charged with auto theft, police said.

Smith was being held at Franklin County, Pa., Prison and the juvenile was taken to Vision Quest Thursday evening, according to a correctional officer at the prison. Bond information was unavailable.

The incident began on Md. 68 at Interstate 70 near Clear Spring at 7:47 p.m. Wednesday when the 1988 Chevrolet pickup was spotted and a chase ensued, with speeds reaching 80 mph.


The truck, reported stolen earlier from Hagerstown Block Co., rammed a cruiser at Md. 57 and then drove into Pennsylvania, where it went into a field and struck a second cruiser.

No one was injured and the two occupants of the truck were taken into custody, police said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department assisted in the pursuit.

When the truck was stolen, it contained two 8-foot aluminum diamond plat tool boxes attached to the bed. The tool boxes were removed from the truck and left in the canal parking lot at the corner of Dam 5 Road and Ashton Road near Clear Spring, police said.

The tool boxes were taken sometime on Thursday. Anyone with information may call police at 301-739-2101.

Bomb threat at Marshall's turns out to be a hoax

Shoppers at a Hagerstown store got a rude surprise Thursday afternoon when a bomb threat was called into a Centre at Hagerstown business.

Hagerstown City Police Sgt. Mark Renner said a man called Marshall's around 1:15 p.m. and warned "the place is gonna blow."

Renner said police sent an officer to the store who looked around and determined it was a crank call.

"I assume it was, since the place didn't blow up," said Renner.

Fire destroys garage, tractor in Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Area firefighters were cleaning up at a fire that destroyed a garage on Lyons Road.

A tractor and some shop equipment inside the garage were also destroyed, a relative of the owner said.

The 30-by-40-foot concrete block garage, at 7903 Lyons Road, is owned by John Henning. The fire was discovered by a resident of the property around 7 p.m., said Robert Henning, a nephew of the owner.

The cause of the fire was unknown at press time.

Juvenile charged following theft at Mid-Town Motel

Less than two hours after an theft at a Hagerstown motel Thursday, Hagerstown City Police charged a juvenile with the crime.

Police said two males entered Holiday Mid-Town Motel at 12 N. Prospect St., at 7 p.m. and one asked to use the phone.

After placing a call, the juvenile reached over the counter and grabbed a small amount of money from the cash register, police said.

The males fled north on North Prospect Street, police said.

At 8:30 p.m., Detective Patricia Moulton was following up on another investigation when she noticed two males matching the description of the robbers in the 400 block of North Prospect Street and placed them in custody.

Police charged a juvenile from Hagerstown with theft. He was being held at Hagerstown Police Department pending a bond hearing.

The second male juvenile was not charged and later released.

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