ALL coplog for 10/10

October 10, 2002

MP who fell 36 feet listed in good condition

CASCADE - A 22-year-old military police officer who fell 36 feet from a third-story window at the former Fort Ritchie Army base early Wednesday was listed in good condition at Washington County Hospital Wednesday night.

Personnel from the Smithsburg Ambulance Company said they responded to 402 W. Reckord Ave. at 4:45 a.m.

The U.S. Army officer is from Oklahoma, a spokesman at the ambulance company said Wednesday.

Last week, the U.S. Army moved into a barracks building leased from the PenMar Development Corp. for about $315,000 for one year, an Army spokeswoman said earlier this week.

The property is housing military police officers who are providing security at nearby Site R, Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said Monday.

Site R, known locally as the "underground Pentagon," is an alternate military command center inside a Pennsylvania mountain near the Washington County community of Pen Mar.


City police looking for woman on theft charges

Hagerstown City Police have an arrest warrant charging Tina Marie Moats with five counts each of forgery and uttering, and four counts of theft. The warrant was issued on Aug. 26.

Moats, 34, was last known to live at 436 W. Washington St., Apt. 1, police said. She is white, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 225 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call them at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Cops: Man charged with assault surrenders

Hagerstown City Police said Wednesday that Berry Lee Chaney Jr. turned himself in to police on Oct. 3 after a story in the Sept. 26 editions of The Herald-Mail newspapers reported that he was wanted on one count each of child abuse, contributing to the condition of a child, third-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, second-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense.

Chaney was being held Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center on $125,000 bond.

Official: Child starts fire after playing with lighter

A 4-year-old child playing with a lighter started a fire in a bedroom at 116 Buena Vista Ave. in Hagerstown's West End Wednesday morning, according to Capt. Justin Mayhue of the Hagerstown Fire Department.

Mayhue said a bed caught fire and the room suffered smoke and heat damage. The rest of the floor had smoke damage.

A Washington County emergency dispatcher said firefighters were sent to the scene at 7:47 a.m.

Mayhue said it took about five minutes to put out the fire.

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene to aid the family.

Frederick man charged with firing shots

FREDERICK, Md. - A man suspected of firing a gun on Sept. 26 near Jacob Brunner Drive and Shookstown Road was charged Wednesday and jailed on $25,000 bond at the Frederick County Detention Center.

Larry D. Onderdonk, 21, of Mountainview Drive, Frederick, has been charged with malicious destruction of property, possession of a handgun in a vehicle, discharging a firearm in the city limits, possession of marijuana and three counts of reckless endangerment, said Lt. Thomas Chase of the Frederick City Police.

"We got calls that night from residents who heard gunshots ... at least one shot hit a parked car," Chase said Wednesday. "One resident saw a white pickup truck driving away."

Based on that information and additional investigative work, police charged Onderdonk, Chase said. The lead investigators were Detectives Robert Marker and Michael Morgan.

Boys charged with concession burglary

SMITHSBURG - Two teenage boys spotted on the roof of the Cal Ripken League concession stand Wednesday afternoon were apprehended by police but not before $800 damage was done to the building.

A citizen called the Smithsburg Police Department at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday to report seeing two boys on the roof of the building on East Fire Company Lane. When officers arrived, the two boys ran from the door of the concession stand.

One boy was apprehended immediately by Smithsburg officers and a Maryland State Police trooper found the other boy hiding near a building on East School Lane, police said.

The police investigation revealed an exhaust fan had been removed from the roof to gain entry. Police allege the two fell through the ceiling, causing damage below.

Candy, sodas, baseballs, bats, batting helmets and some money stolen from the concession stand were found on the two boys and in a nearby stream, police said. The value of the stolen items was $150, police said.

Police said the boys, both 14 years old, were found to be truant from Smithsburg High School.

They were each charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor theft, and malicious destruction of property and released to the custody of their parents, police said.

Deputies respond to mailbox, vehicle damage

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Tuesday:

  • A cast iron mailbox was stolen from Keep Tryst Road in the southern part of the county. The mailbox was valued at $225.

  • A hole that may have been caused by a BB was discovered in a window at a Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens group home on Salem Avenue. The damage was estimated at $300.

  • The sunroof on a 1994 Mitsubishi Mirage parked on Lauren Road, off Northern Avenue, was damaged. The damage was estimated at $200.

  • Three tires were flattened on a 1992 Dodge Dynasty parked on Village Mill Drive in Maugansville. Damage was estimated at $275.
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