Police log Dec. 26

December 26, 2000

Police log for Dec. 26

$50,000 in damages from garage blaze

HALFWAY - A garage fire at 11219 Greenmount Ave. Christmas morning caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage.

The garage was destroyed, but firefighters limited damage to the house, according to Alan L. Matheny, public information officer for The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway.

Matheny said the fire probably started when a stove in the garage was turned on instead of the oven, burning items on the stove.

Firefighters from Halfway and Funkstown, with assistance from Halfway's Ambulance and the Washington County Air Unit, spent about 80 minutes at the scene.


Christmas tree stolen from lawn

BELFAST TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Someone stole a six-foot white Christmas tree from a front lawn at 7311 Pigeon Cove Road in Needmore, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The theft occurred overnight on Friday. Police said the tree was worth $30.

Pa. man charged with beating woman

DUBLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A McConnellsburg, Pa., man has been charged with beating a woman in her trailer on Dec. 21.

Chris Swope, 25, McConnellsburg, Pa., was charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.

Pennsylvania State Police said a man punched holes in the walls of the woman's Fort Littleton, Pa., trailer, then grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the floor.

The man kicked the woman repeatedly in the legs, arms, head and stomach, police said.

Driver charged with DUI after wreck

QUINCY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The driver of a truck that crashed into a utility pole and a concrete cylinder on Pa. 316 Sunday was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Christian Caceros-Azmititia, 18, was charged with DUI and several traffic violations, Pennsylvania State Police said. A magistrate set his bail at $3,000.

He and his three passengers were not seriously injured.

All four are from Alexandria, Va.

Police said a man was driving a 1997 Toyota Tacoma south on Pa. 316 when it went off the west side of the road, south of Wharf Road.

The front of the truck hit a road sign, then a utility pole, which snapped in half, police said. The truck continued on into a concrete mass, where it stopped.

The Waynesboro Fire Department pulled Caceros-Azmititia out of the truck.

Police said he and passenger Hugo Orozco, 21, were wearing seat belts.

Two other passengers - Edgar Najarro, 25, and Roberto Mendoza, 26 - were not wearing seat belts.

All four were taken to Waynesboro Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Items taken from vehicle in Pa.

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A stereo, amplifier and two speakers were stolen by someone who broke into a vehicle on Bino Road, east of Pa. 416, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The front and rear windows of the vehicle were smashed overnight on Saturday.

Hancock teen charged with DUI

THOMPSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Hancock teenager who crashed his car into a utility pole Sunday morning was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Jason Allen McConnell, 19, of 155 West Main St., Hancock, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said McConnell was driving a Chevy Cavalier south on Heavenly Acres Road, about a mile south of Pa. 928, when he went onto a berm at about 3:45 a.m. and hit a pole.

Three escape injury in car-truck wreck

STATE LINE, Pa. - Three people escaped serious injury when the car in which they were riding was hit by a tractor-trailer Thursday evening, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Jason M. Slash, 21, of Huntington, W.Va., was southbound on Interstate 81 near Exit 1 about 5;30 p.m. when a tractor-trailer changed lanes and failed to see his 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, police said.

Slash and his two passengers, Jessica Nicole Slash, 19, of Harrisburg, Pa., and Angela Lynne Scott, 26, of Huntington, W.Va., suffered minor injuries, police said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Robert James Montville, 47, of Lawton, Okla., was not injured, police said.

Pa. man charged with assault

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man grabbed a woman by her sweater and slammed her against a wall, causing a cut to the victim's face and severe pain to her shoulder, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg.

Gary McBeth, 38, of 2915 Roosevelt Drive, Chambersburg, was charged with simple assault and harassment, police said.

Breaking, entering is reported in county

An attempted breaking and entering was reported early Friday in the 12000 block of Cathedral Avenue, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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