Police log 1/11

January 14, 2002

Police log 1/11

Police say Smithsburg student had a knife

SMITHSBURG - A 16-year-old Smithsburg High School student was arrested after a knife with a four-inch blade was found on him Thursday, Smithsburg Police said.

Police said the juvenile was one of four or five male juveniles walking in the halls unauthorized when they were stopped by an administrator.

The students were searched and the weapon was found in the juvenile's pocket around 1 p.m. The knife blade was retracted, police said.

The juvenile was charged with carrying a deadly weapon on school property and released into the custody of his parents.

Deputies searching for missing woman

KEEDYSVILLE - Washington County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a 25-year-old woman reported missing Jan. 7.

Billy Jo Mills, of 3940 Trego Road, Keedysville, was last seen by her family Sunday at 2:30 a.m.

She left her home in a black 1990 Plymouth Voyager van with Maryland tags M605264.


Mills, who is on medication for depression, has not contacted her family since leaving Sunday.

Mills is a white female, 5 feet, 4 inches tall with light brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts may call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Some Allegheny Power customers lose power

About 800 Allegheny Power customers on Downsville Pike, Knotty Pine Drive, Pine Oak Terrace, Garden Lane, Red Oak Drive, Clubhouse Drive and Virginia Avenue lost power briefly Thursday, power company officials said.

The outage occurred at 10:23 am. and was the result of an equipment problem in their distribution lines near Downsville Pike and Interstate 70.

Workers replaced a damaged pole and other equipment. Power was restored around noon, officials said.

Mercury Cougar set on fire Friday

Hagerstown police and fire investigators are working together to determine who set a 1990 Mercury Cougar on fire early Friday morning in the 1000 block of Security Road.

Firefighters from Junior and Long Meadow responded to 1014 Security Road at 12:37 a.m. and found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

Detective Wayne Shank of the Hagerstown City Police said his investigation turned up a witness who said he had seen three men in hooded sweatshirts near the car and that one of them threw something on fire into the car.

A search of the area didn't turn up the three men, Shank said.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Wayne Smith also is investigating the incident.

The owner of the car, who had been visiting a friend on Security Road, told police he had earlier noticed that two tires on his car were flat but didn't report it to police, Shank said.

When police arrived at 12:42 a.m., two croquet mallets were found on the ground near the car, Shank said. It wasn't known if the fire or the mallets broke all the windows in the vehicle.

"The owner also said three men in a black Pontiac with the license tag in the window followed him home the day before," Shank said. The car that burned is registered in Pennsylvania.

Anyone with information about the fire or the identity of the three men may contact the Hagerstown City Police, Hagerstown Fire Department or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Man with ski mask robs Sheetz store

A man wearing a ski mask robbed the Sheetz store at 1750 Virginia Ave. at 4 a.m. Friday, locking the lone female clerk in a back room and escaping with a moderate amount of cash.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies said the clerk, who was physically unhurt, described her assailant as a white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 pounds. In addition to a black ski mask, the robber was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, a white turtleneck shirt and white sneakers.

No weapon was displayed but the clerk said the man kept his hands in his pockets the whole time, said Sgt. Mark Knight.

"We will be checking the surveillance cameras this morning," Knight said.

Boonsboro school windows damaged

Nine windows at Boonsboro Elementary School were either shot with BBs or hit with golf balls Thursday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies who responded at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies are continuing their investigation into this and an earlier incident in late November at the school where windows valued at $1,600 were damaged.

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