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Police log 10/1

October 01, 2002

Woman charged with leaving kids unattended



A Hagerstown woman was charged Friday with leaving her two small children unattended earlier in the month, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Chris Weaver said Monday.

Weaver said he was going to the Washington County Administration Building in downtown Hagerstown on Sept. 4 when he saw an 18-month-old child and a 3-year-old child in a car with the engine running in the back parking lot.

The children were not restrained in child seats so they were climbing over the seats and could easily have bumped the car into gear, allowing it to coast onto North Jonathan Street, Weaver said.

Weaver watched the children as they were left alone for at least five minutes before their mother returned, he said. Although the car was locked, that was enough time for someone to have broken in and abducted the children, he said.

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The mother, Ranelle Boyd, 25, of Haven Road, was charged last Friday via criminal summons, Weaver said. She also was charged with two counts of not having a child in a car seat, he said.




Deputies report broken windows, glass door



The Washington County Sheriff's Department reported several crimes over the weekend, including several windows and glass doors reported broken Sunday in the Boonsboro and Williamsport areas that could be related.

  • The rear window of a Dodge Stratus was reported broken at 8:20 a.m. Sunday at 623 N. Main St. in Boonsboro. Damage was estimated at $300.

  • A window was reported shot and broken at Marcy's Laundry, 230 N. Main St., Boonsboro, at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $500.

  • A glass door at the Hagerstown Trust branch at 207 N. Main St. in Boonsboro was reported broken at 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

  • An air conditioning window unit was pushed out and a bedroom ransacked in the 100 block of Potomac Street in Boonsboro. Nothing appeared to have been taken, but a door was damaged. Damage was estimated at $100. The crime was reported Sunday at 9:53 p.m.

  • A window was reported broken out of a 1971 Volkswagen in the 100 block of South Conococheague Street in Williamsport at 12:34 p.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $300.

  • A 52-inch-by-60-inch window was reported damaged at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Auto Zone, 17714 Virginia Ave.

  • A glass front door was reported shot with a ball bearing at 2:20 p.m. Sunday at The Windmill Shop, 17220 Virginia Ave. Damage was estimated at $200.

  • A rear passenger window on a 2002 Toyota Sequoia was reported broken at 12:12 a.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of Howell Road. Damage was estimated at $250.

  • A window was reported broken out of a car at 2:35 a.m. Sunday in the 8400 block of Old National Pike. Damage was estimated at $150.

  • A trash can was put on top of a van and the van's lights reported broken at 7:20 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Antietam Drive. Damage was estimated at $100.

  • A rock was reported thrown through a rear window of a 1969 Oldsmobile in the 4300 block of Mills Road at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday. Damage to the window and vinyl was estimated at $1,600.

  • A 1995 green Ford Taurus with Maryland tags KCZ708 was reported stolen from the Valley Mall parking lot at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Stereo equipment and compact discs were reported stolen from a Ford Escort at the Interstate 70 Park 'n Ride on U.S. 40 at 5:30 p.m. Friday. A Panasonic CD player worth $300, an acoustic amp worth $450 and $1,500 worth of CDs were stolen.

  • Jewelry and approximately $600 in cash were reported stolen at 9:30 p.m. on Friday from a home in the 12000 block of Pioneer Drive in Smithsburg. Damage to the basement door was estimated at $100.






Marshal rules car fire was accidental



A Maryland State fire marshal has ruled that a Sept. 21 car fire in Williamsport was accidental, according to a press release.

The car fire was spotted by a passerby on Md. 68 and Interstate 81 in Williamsport, according to the release. The car, a 1995 Saturn, is owned by Jodi Ann Rainey, the release stated.

The fire marshal stated the fire started in the interior passenger area as a result of an electrical short. Damage was estimated at $1,500, the release said.




Juveniles charged with setting shed on fire



Two juveniles will be referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice following a fire in a shed late Sunday on Main Street in Rohrersville, according to a statement from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Police and fire personnel responded to the fire at 10:47 p.m. in the 4400 block of Main Street. The wood frame shed is owned by Lisa Seward, according to the release.

The juveniles are 14 and 17 years old.

The fire marshal estimated $50 worth of damage to the structure and $10 worth of damage to the contents of the shed, according to the release. The fire was under control in five minutes, according to the statement.

Forty firefighters from Boonsboro, Rohrersville Substation Eight, Potomac Valley and Sharpsburg responded. The Washington County Sheriff's Department also assisted.




Men face disorderly conduct charges



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