Police log for 6/25

June 25, 2002

Police seize drugs, cash from Pa. home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Police seized about $1,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine from a Chambersburg residence Sunday night following a two-month investigation, Chambersburg Police said.

Chambersburg Police and the Franklin County Drug Task Force searched 273 Birch St. at 9 p.m. Sunday and discovered the drugs, about $500 cash and drug paraphernalia including plastic bags, a cell phone and a digital scale, police alleged.

Fredrick Douglas Walker, 33, of no fixed address, was charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arraigned by District Justice Gary Hawbaker, police said.

Francina N. Taylor, 32, of 273 Birch St., was charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was processed and released, police said.

Deputies investigate thefts of bike, jewelry

  • The Washington County Sheriff's Department investigated several incidents recently.

  • On Friday, a XR-100 dirt bike was reported stolen from a garage in the 19500 block of Lappans Road, a deputy said.

    The bike was red, black and white.

  • An undetermined amount of money was taken from a vehicle parked at the Cedar Ridge Children's Home on Cedar Ridge Road. The theft was reported Friday.

  • Five rings valued at $1,800 along with $70 in cash were reported taken from a home in the 17600 block of Homewood Road in Halfway on Friday.

  • A wooden lawn ornament valued at $35 was stolen from the yard of a home in the 2000 block of Nicodemus Mill Road on Friday.

  • A shed in the 13900 block of Greencastle Pike was broken into and four pitchforks and a weed eater were taken Saturday, a deputy said.

    The items were valued at $170.

  • The tires of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Maple Road were slashed Saturday, a deputy said.

  • Several items, including a $100 pewter plate, were taken from a home in the 13100 block of Edgemont Road overnight Saturday, a deputy said.

    A vehicle parked in the same block was vandalized the same night, a deputy said.

    The antenna was bent and the vehicle was scratched.

  • Four checks were reported stolen Saturday from a home in the 400 block of Conococheague Street in Williamsport.

    One of the checks has since been recovered, police said.

  • A vehicle parked in the 17700 block of Taylor's Landing Road was vandalized overnight Saturday.

    The dipstick and oil cap were taken, the battery was removed and the tire valves were pushed, a deputy said.

  • A vehicle parked at the Pennsylvania Avenue Burger King was keyed Saturday, a deputy said.

  • A window of a vehicle parked in the 14400 block of Hicksville Road was smashed Saturday. The window was valued at $250.

  • A paddleboat was damaged and left in a field in the first block of Colonial Drive north, a deputy said.

    The vandalism was reported Sunday, a deputy said.

  • A shotgun and a bone-handled dagger valued at $500 were reported taken from a home in the 16100 block of Everly Road on Sunday, a deputy said.

Fire may have been started by fireworks

A grass fire along Interstate 70 Monday night may have been started by fireworks shot from the sunroof of a passing vehicle, said Maryland State Police.

A motorist with a cell phone called police just before 10 p.m. Monday and reported following the white BMW from I-70 onto U.S. 40 toward Hagerstown. Troopers were immediately sent to the area to locate the vehicle and its occupants.

At 9:42 p.m., firefighters from Mt. Aetna and Funkstown were sent out to extinguish the fire along the highway. While they were still on the scene, the call came in from the motorist who apparently witnessed the fireworks coming from the BMW.

At presstime, the search for the car was still under way.

Injured bicyclist's condition improves

The Hagerstown bicyclist injured Sunday morning along Jonathan Street is improving at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was flown by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter.

A nursing supervisor said Monday night that Thomas J. Flint was in serious condition. The 52-year-old's condition when he was admitted Sunday was critical.

Hagerstown City Police said Flint was trying to balance a bag of clothes while riding the bicycle. He fell and hit his head on the concrete at Jonathan and Church streets at 10:44 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Hurt pilot discharged from hospital Monday

The pilot whose plane ran off the end of the runway at Hagers-town Regional Airport last Thursday has been discharged from a Baltimore hospital, a nursing supervisor said Monday night.

Hans Georg Stuermer, 67, of Brooklyn, Mich., had been flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter after the 4:24 p.m. crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration was expected to release a cause of the crash soon.

Inmate at large after not returning from work

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County Prison inmate who failed to return Monday after learning he had been laid off from his job at the Gaumer Foundry was still at large Monday night, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Jeremy Jason Burton left the prison at 4:45 a.m. to report to the foundry on Black Avenue, police said. When he arrived, his boss said he had been laid off and was to return to the prison.

Burton, 20, didn't return and at 3:30 p.m., a warrant was issued for his arrest.

A white male, Burton is described as 6 feet 4 inches tall, 195 pounds, with brown eyes and very short brown hair. He was wearing thick-rimmed glasses, a white T-shirt, blue jeans and tan or brown boots.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts may call 1-717-264-5161.

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