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Police log for 7/8

July 08, 2002

Fire set outside elementary school


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A small fire was set outside of Guilford Hills Elementary School Saturday evening, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police allege that someone set fire to a sliding plastic board between 7 and 7:20 p.m. and left the scene.

Police have been investigating several school fires in the county since June. Eric Todd Woods, 21, of Chambersburg, was charged with arson last week in connection with two fires set at Cumberland Valley Christian School last month.




Man injured when motorcycle crashes


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Fairplay man suffered minor injuries when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Montgomery Township, Pa., road Friday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Jeffrey Alan Greene, 55, rounded a right curve on Blair Valley Road just before 3 p.m. and lost control of his 2001 Harley Davidson, police said.

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The motorcycle crashed into a ditch, but Greene suffered only minor injuries, police said.




Two face charges in check scheme


FREDERICK, Md. - A security warning broadcast quickly to all branches of the BB&T Bank thwarted a worthless check-cashing scheme Saturday and led to charges against two people, said Frederick City Police.

When Officer Keith Donovan answered a call at the 1602 Rosemont Ave. bank branch at 11:34 a.m., a bank employee pointed to a vehicle leaving the parking lot. The officer stopped the vehicle in the 500 block of Grant Place.

Donovan then contacted the bank, got a check and learned that it was presented for cashing and that the person with the check left the bank after being told to come inside to complete the transaction.

The security warning said a similar check on the same account was used at another branch and the account was found to be closed, police said.

The check was a business check from Custom Cut Floors and the closed account was in the name of Thomas William Deal, 36, of 221 E. 5th St., police said.

Mary Elizabeth Macrum, 46, of the same address, was also taken into custody.

Each was charged with one count of uttering (obtaining money by cashing a forged check), forgery, uttering a counterfeit business check with intent to defraud and attempted theft, police said.




12-year-old boy injured when bicycle overturns


FREDERICK, Md. - A 12-year-old New Market, Md., boy, hurt while bicycling near the Linganore Association Pool Friday evening, was treated at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Kyle Anthony Haws, of 6183 Steamboat Way, was flown by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter after the 7:53 p.m. accident, said Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

The boy was apparently riding with a friend when they became separated. When the friend came back for Kyle, he found him on the ground semiconscious with his bicycle on top of him, police said.




Attorney general warns people about scheme


Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran has issued a warning to all consumers about a telephone scheme that attempts to get people to reveal their checking account numbers.

A woman in Frederick County, Md., received a telephone call from someone who said he worked for Telguard. The man then told the woman she was entitled to nearly $500 as a result of a class-action lawsuit because her credit card company overcharged her account from 1998 to the present, Curran said.

The caller recited the woman's name, her husband's name and their address and then asked for her checking account number so the money could be deposited in her bank.

The woman didn't give out the number and immediately called the attorney general's office.

Curran said there is no such class-action lawsuit.

"Consumers should never give any personal information, including checking account numbers, over the telephone to callers they don't know," Curran said. Armed with such a number, con artists could drain the account and/or steal the person's identity.

People receiving such a call are asked to immediately call their local police department.




Moving truck flips on Interstate 81


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A moving truck overturned on Interstate 81 Sunday afternoon after the driver of the truck fell asleep at the wheel, police said.

Timothy Doden, 48, of Royersford, Pa., lost control of the Ryder truck in the southbound lane at about the 18-mile marker, said West Virginia State Police Trooper J.C. Weaver.

The truck slid off the right side of the road in the 5:15 p.m. accident, Weaver said.

Doden was taken to City Hospital, where he was treated and released, officials said.




Suspect sought in pizza shop robbery


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A pizza shop in Old Courthouse Square was robbed Sunday night when a man displayed a handgun and demanded cash, Martinsburg City Police said.

The man, described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, took all the money from the cash register at Geno's Pizza and fled across Edwin Miller Boulevard following the 8:49 p.m. holdup, said Sgt. Brian Yost.

The man was last seen running behind Dunkin Donuts, located on the opposite side of Edwin Miller Boulevard, Yost said.

Police were arranging to have police dogs search the area Sunday night in an attempt to find the man, Yost said.

No one was injured in the robbery, Yost said.

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