Police log for 7-23

July 23, 2002

Cops: Teen did not know gun was loaded

ROHRERSVILLE - A 17-year-old boy who died Sunday afternoon after accidentally shooting himself in the chin with a rifle earlier in the day did not know the rifle was loaded, a sergeant with the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Samuel Franklin Bowers Jr., 17, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter shortly after the 2:54 a.m. incident at 4103 Rohrersville Road.

"He was playing with a gun and didn't know it was loaded," said Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Knight.

Bowers died at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, said a nursing supervisor at the shock trauma center.

Deputies investigating theft of wishing well

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was investigating the following incidents reported recently:

  • A wooden wishing well was stolen from a home in the 12800 block of Greensburg Road.

  • A rock was thrown through a window of an Acura Integra parked at Cinema 10 in Leitersburg Saturday, a deputy said.

  • A cellular phone and briefcase valued at $200 were taken from a Ford pickup truck parked at the Moose Lodge in Funkstown Saturday, police said.

  • A window of a motor home, parked in the 16900 block of Fairview Road, was shot out, police said. The window was valued at $250.

Fishing equipment stolen from truck

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Fishing equipment was stolen from a Waynesboro man's truck, according to Waynesboro Police.


The man discovered Sunday that four fishing rods and reels were missing from his 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck, which he had parked on South Grant Street, police said.

The equipment was worth an estimated $145, police said.

Car strikes front of convenience store

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A car struck the front of a convenience store Friday when the driver's cane became lodged under the brake pedal, Waynesboro Police said.

Charles W. Funk of Waynesboro had finished pumping gas at Zack's Convenience Store at 405 N. Grant St. and was moving his 1991 Oldsmobile to another spot, police said.

While Funk drove, his cane got stuck under the brake pedal and he couldn't stop, police said. The car hit the front of the building.

Police said Funk was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown into the windshield.

He was taken to Waynesboro Hospital for treatment and released the same day.

Police said the store was slightly damaged.

Va. man charged with pointing gun at males

WILLIAMSPORT - A Virginia man was charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly pointing a gun at the genitals of two males that he believed were tormenting his cat early Monday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Michael Ray Anderson, 51, of Quicksburg, Va., was charged with two counts each of reckless endangerment and first- and second-degree assault, police said.

He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $30,000 bond Monday night, jail officials said.

Anderson was traveling through Washington County and stopped and got a room at the Red Roof Inn in Williamsport around 4:30 a.m.

Police said Anderson's cat got loose and as he was searching for him in the parking lot, he saw the two teenagers, both of New York City.

Police said Anderson thought the men were teasing his cat and went to get a rifle. Anderson pointed the rifle at the males and threatened to blow off their genitals, police said.

One man in custody after alleged rape

FREDERICK, Md. - One man was in custody and police were searching for three others in connection with an alleged rape Sunday evening near the Elmwood Terrace apartment complex, Frederick City Police said.

Police said they received a call that a woman had been raped by four Hispanic males in the area to the south of the complex near a creek at 10:28 p.m.

The victim was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, police said.

Police said one man matching the description given by the victim was taken into custody on Sunday. Police had not released the man's name or if charges were filed as of late Monday.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 301-694-2118.

Tractor-trailer catches fire on Interstate 70

A tractor-trailer was engulfed in flames Monday afternoon when firefighters from Mt. Aetna and nearby Frederick County arrived in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 at South Mountain, fire officials said.

The 4 p.m. blaze was near the Appalachian Trail bridge over the interstate at the Frederick County line. No hazardous materials were involved, said Maryland State Police in Hagerstown.

Eastbound traffic, which is normally light that time of day, was able to get around the burning rig, police said.

The cause of the fire and the amount of loss was unknown.

Officials:Children may have pulled fire alarm

Witnesses were reportedly able to identify a couple of children who were near the street alarm at Elizabeth and Leroy streets at 7:34 p.m. Monday when a false fire alarm was pulled.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven responded to the scene and made contact with the witnesses and the juveniles.

Moments later, a brush/rubbish fire on Clair Street was reported near the railroad property and may have been deliberately set, fire officials said.

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