Police Log for 7/3

July 03, 2002

W.Va. man sentenced to prison on drug charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Charles Town, W.Va., man was sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court for distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said.

Michael Anthony Spencer, 37, of 601 Oak Tree Court, entered a guilty plea March 18 before Judge W. Craig Broadwater.

Spencer was remanded to the custody of federal marshals after the sentencing Tuesday, pending placement in a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Mucklow.

The indictment referred to an incident Jan. 10, 2001, where the illegal drug was distributed within 1,000 feet of Ranson Elementary School.

Police seek help in Pa. home burglary

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Crime Solvers of Franklin County, Pa., is seeking information on two suspects in connection with a June 18 burglary of a home at 76 E. Main St. in Fayetteville, Pa.


Two men entered the home between 8 and 9:30 a.m. and tried to take property but left empty-handed when discovered.

The first man is described as white, 35 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a full beard and mustache and wiry hair. He was wearing a dirty blue jean jacket and jeans.

The second man is also white, 26 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with medium blonde hair. He was wearing a black shirt.

Anyone with information about this crime or the suspects is asked to call 1-717-264-5161 or 1-717-263-3000. A reward of up to $2,000 may be offered.

Stolen pickup returned after being used in theft

A thief or thieves returned a stolen Ford F-150 pickup truck Monday morning, shortly after using it to carry away $10,000 in stolen tools, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

A door at Shifler Equipment's paint shop at 16418 National Pike was forced open in the crime reported at 5:20 a.m. Monday, police said.

Several tool boxes were forced open once the thief or thieves were inside the building, police said.

Bolt cutters were used to cut the outside fence chain, where the pickup truck was stolen from the garage yard, police said.

The pickup was later left at the front gate, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator John Marshall or Deputy Jay Mills at 301-791-3020.

Stereo, CDs stolen from truck waiting for repairs

Stereo equipment, compact discs, a knife and an engine tool - worth a total of $1,155 - were reported stolen from a customer's pickup truck at noon Monday from Spanky's Used Cars & Auto Repair Shop, Hagerstown, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The 1989 GMC Sierra was left at the 20000 Jefferson Blvd. business for repairs, police said.

Stolen were a Sony stereo/CD player worth $150, an amp worth $250, a 10-inch audio subwoofer worth $300, 25 CDs worth $375, a Kershaw knife worth $35 and a Tach engine gauge worth $45, police said.

Boating and fishing supplies taken from boat

WILLIAMSPORT - Boating and fishing equipment worth $738 were reported stolen at 10 a.m. on Monday from a boat in the 300 block of South Artisan Street, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

A Hummingbird depth finder worth $274, a Go-Lite spotlight worth $289 and two fishing rods, a life vest and an anchor worth a total of $175 were stolen, police said.

Several thefts, breaking and enterings, and destruction of property incidents were reported on Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

  • Tools worth an undetermined amount were reported stolen at 7:49 a.m. from a residential garage in the 100 block of North Conococheague Street in Williamsport.

  • Nine solar lights that lined a driveway in the 11100 block of Parkwood Drive in Brightwood Acres East were reported destroyed at 7:50 a.m. The lights were worth $200.

  • A soda machine at the Sharpsburg Amoco was reported damaged at 9:17 a.m. Someone tried to pry open the money box of the machine at the 136 E. Main St. gas station, causing $500 in damage.

  • A red Trek road bike and a blue Trek road bike worth $750 each were reported stolen at 2:30 p.m. from the 13000 block of Lance Circle north of Hagerstown.

  • A radio from a 1995 Plymouth Neon was reported stolen at 2:30 p.m. from Younger Toyota at 1935 Dual Highway. The car was a trade-in. The right rear passenger window was damaged.

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