Police log for 8/30

August 30, 2002

Funkstown Post Office windows shot out

Two windows at the Funkstown Post Office at 29 Frederick St. were shot, Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Knight said Thursday.

The windows apparently were shot with a BB or pellet gun, causing about $700 damage, Knight said.

The incident was reported at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Funkstown Postmaster Helen Downs said Thursday nobody was at the post office when the windows were shot.

Deputies investigating vehicle break-ins

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was investigating break-ins of two cars in the 17000 block of Crest Drive, Sgt. Mark Knight said Thursday.

At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the department received a report of a car break-in in which compact disc cases and change were stolen, Knight said.


About 15 minutes later, the department responded to a report that a wallet and briefcase were stolen from a car in the same block, Knight said.

Police say youths may have smashed windows

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police believe a group of young people who hang around in the 200-300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue threw a rock through the front and back windows of a car and damaged the hood, possibly in retaliation for calls residents there had made to police.

The youngsters who congregate in that area are believed to be from other parts of Martinsburg, said Detective Sgt. George Swartwood of the Martinsburg Police Department.

The car apparently was damaged between 3 and 4 a.m. Wednesday, Swartwood said.

Police plan to patrol the area more often as a result of this incident, Swartwood said.

Residents on Pennsylvania Avenue have a Neighborhood Watch program, and had called police to report groups of kids milling around, police said.

The Martinsburg Police Department said Wednesday it is taking a "zero tolerance" stance on juvenile complaints, with special emphasis on the 200 and 300 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, according to a press release. When a juvenile commits a crime, no matter how minor the crime may seem, he or she will be arrested and taken to the police department for processing, police said.

Anyone with information about the Pennsylvania Avenue incident may call the police department at 304-264-2100.

Sobriety checkpoints begin in Frederick, Md.

FREDERICK, Md. - Sobriety checkpoints staffed by city, county and state police will be set up around Frederick County today and Saturday in an effort to make the Labor Day weekend tragedy free.

Sponsored by the Frederick County Teen Safe Driving Initiative and the Frederick County Highway Safety Task Force, the checkpoints will begin late Friday and continue into the early hours of Saturday.

The event is designed to educate and raise awareness among drivers about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Enforcement action will be taken when warranted, police said.

The locations of the checkpoints were not revealed.

Boyd's Bears stolen from local outlet store

Collectible bears were taken from a store at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown, Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Knight said Thursday.

About $1,841.77 in Boyd's Bears were taken from the Home Co. outlet store, Knight said.

The missing bears were reported to law enforcement at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Knight said.

Missing stereo equipment recovered

The Washington County Sheriff's Department recovered stereo equipment at 11 a.m. Wednesday and is trying to find its rightful owner, Sgt. Mark Knight said Thursday.

The equipment was found at 11402 Manse Ave. in Halfway, Knight said.

He asked people missing stereo equipment to call the Sheriff's Department at 790-3700. charged with selling cocaine

A Brooklyn, N.Y., man was charged Thursday with distribution of cocaine after he allegedly sold the drug to an undercover informant, a spokesman for the street crimes unit of Hagerstown City Police said.

Kendal Murphy, 25, of 162 Troy Ave., Apt. 11G, was being held on $65,000 bond Thursday night after an appearance before a bond commissioner.

Murphy also was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said.

The incident occurred in the 400 block of Park Place, police said.

Gas grill stolen from rear of area home

The theft of a gas grill from the rear of 1904 Maplewood Drive earlier this week was being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The homeowners told deputies that the grill, which was stored under a deck, may have been wheeled away from the home sometime between Monday and Tuesday.

Anyone with information about suspicious activity near the home is asked to call 301-791-3020.

Pa. man charged after one-car crash on 997

QUINCY, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday night after his car struck several signs on Pa. 997, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said David Morton Jr. was southbound on Pa. 997 when his 1998 Plymouth Neon traveled off the road onto the west berm, hitting two poles and a road sign.

The vehicle continued south to Manheim Road, where it stopped in the eastbound lane and backed up in an attempt to travel west on Manheim Road, police said.

Police said Morton registered a .27 percent blood alcohol concentration and was charged with DUI.

Women injured when their vehicles collide

QUINCY, Pa. - Two women were treated for minor injuries when their vehicles collided outside a Quincy Township bank Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania Sate Police said.

Mildred L. Chamberlin, 70, of Waynesboro, Pa., was headed north on Pa. 997 and attempted to turn into the First National Bank parking lot at Manheim Road, but she turned in the path of Mary Katherine Schilling, 50, of Waynesboro, who was southbound on Pa. 997, police said.

The vehicles collided in the southbound lane around 2 p.m., police said.

Both women were treated at Waynesboro Hospital and released, police said.

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