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coplog for 3/20

March 20, 2002

Frederick Police rule deaths murder/suicide

FREDERICK, Md. - Murder/suicide has been determined as the cause of death of two people whose bodies were found Monday morning in a downtown apartment, each with gunshot wounds to the head, Frederick City Police said Tuesday.

Toni M. McClure, 47, was shot, and Robert E. Reidy, 54, committed suicide, police said after autopsies on the couple were completed.

A maintenance worker found both bodies at 11:21 a.m. Monday at 101 W. South St., police said.




Explosive device found at county job center

SMITHSBURG - A crude explosive device that showed signs of having been recently ignited was found midday Tuesday on the property of the Washington County Job Development Center, a Maryland bomb squad expert said.

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Jim Woods, a bomb technician with the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, said a maintenance worker found a soda bottle containing wadded-up paper, match heads and some toy caps along Federal Lookout Road at around 12:30 p.m.

"Some more paper was twisted to make a fuse and it showed signs it had been burned," Woods said.

The device met the criteria for an explosive device. Penalties for possessing an explosive device are up to 25 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, Woods said.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police troopers assisted Woods in his investigation. The bottle and contents will be submitted to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms lab in Rockville, Md., for analysis, Woods said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call 1-800-525-3124 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.




Three hospitalized after Tuesday crash on Md. 77

FREDERICK - Three people were hospitalized at Washington County Hospital Tuesday after a midday accident on Md. 77 east of Tower Road, Maryland State Police said.

A 1991 Honda Accord driven by 16-year-old Samantha Jo Zimmerman crossed the center line at 11:51 a.m. and struck an eastbound 1995 Chrysler Cirrus, police said.

Zimmerman, who was trapped in her vehicle for 20 minutes, was flown to the hospital by state police medevac helicopter, police said.

Zimmerman, of Sabillasville, Md., was listed in good condition Tuesday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

A passenger in her car, Carley Nichole Weagley, 5, of Sabillasville, was treated and released, the nursing supervisor said.

The driver of the Chrysler, Chester Calvin Staley, 72, of Blue Spruce Lane, Frederick, refused treatment, police said.

His passenger, Paula Maxine Talton, 67, of Danville, Pa., was treated and released, the nursing supervisor said.

Smithsburg and Thurmont medics responded to the accident. The road was closed for 40 minutes, according to Trooper 1st Class Austin Fogle.




Businesses burglarized on East Patrick Street

FREDERICK - Two East Patrick Street businesses were burglarized within hours of each other late Monday and early Tuesday, Frederick City Police said.

The Gunrunners Store at 47 E. Patrick St. was broken into at 11:30 p.m. Monday, but nothing was taken, police said.

At 7 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to Kyoko at 10 E. Patrick St., where an employee discovered someone had broken in and stolen money and several thousand dollars worth of camera equipment while he was asleep in the store, police said.

Anyone with information about either incident may call 1-301-694-2100.




Thief steals computer, cash from school

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A thief who broke into Falling Spring Elementary School late last week found keys and opened all the classrooms and offices, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

A $2,000 laptop computer and nearly $200 in cash were taken, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglars or suspicious vehicles around the school at 1006 Falling Spring Road may call 1-717-264-5161.




Man sought for cashing fake payroll checks

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg are trying to track down a man who cashed seven counterfeit payroll checks at various Franklin County banks last month.

The man cashed the faked checks from a local business between Feb. 21 and 23. He is using addresses in Harrisburg, Pa., and York, Pa., and the names William Pyler, Jan Masek and Joseph Stepsus, police said.

Using false Pennsylvania driver's licenses, he has cashed seven checks totaling $12,470.58, police said.

Anyone with information on the incidents can contact Trooper Jeffrey Bopp at 1-717-264-5161 and reference case H3-1247498.




Golf course sustains damage from vandals

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A dirt bike and an all-terrain vehicle damaged two greens at South Mountain Golf Course over the weekend, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Someone used the wheels to dig ruts in the first and eighth greens and across the golf course property, 9632 Swamp Road, between 5 p.m. Saturday and on Monday, police said.

Anyone with information can call Pennsylvania State Police at 1-717-264-5161 and reference case H3-1248299.




Pa. man charged with selling crack cocaine

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