Police log for 1/17

January 17, 2003

Boy charged with theft of student's jewelry

SMITHSBURG - A 14-year-old Cascade boy was charged Wednesday with the theft of jewelry from another student at Smithsburg High School in November, Smithsburg Police said.

The crime occurred Nov. 12 when the victim reported two rings and bracelet valued at $405 were stolen from an unsecured locker in the school gym, police said.

An investigation led to the recovery of the jewelry and charges of misdemeanor theft against the teenager, police said.

He was released to the custody of his parents pending action by the Department of Juvenile Justice, police said.

Man taken into custody on kidnapping charges

On Thursday at approximately 11:05 a.m., Hagerstown City Police officers took James Elliott Poole into custody in the first block of East Franklin Street, serving him with an adult arrest warrant for kidnapping and sexual offenses.

Poole, 17, was taken to Washington County District Court where a bond commissioner denied bond. He was jailed at the Washington County Detention Center.


Police had said they were looking for Poole in connection with alleged contacts with an underage girl. Additional charges include one count each of second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses involving the girl, police said.

Deputies respond to theft, vandalism calls

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

  • At 10 a.m. deputies were called to the Beaver Creek Concrete Corp. at 10100 Mapleville Road. The windshield of a backhoe had been smashed. It was valued at $300.

  • At 8 p.m. deputies received a call about money taken from a purse at Williamsport High School at 5 S. Cliffton Drive. The cash, $120, had been taken during school hours in a locker room.

Berkeley County residents get jail time

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Berkeley County residents were sentenced to federal jail time this week by Judge Craig Broadwater in U.S. District Court.

  • Astley Rose Brown, 26, of Martinsburg, was sentenced Wednesday to serve four years and 10 months for an earlier guilty plea to one count of distribution of crack cocaine in October 2001, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston.

    Once released, Brown will be on probation for three years.

    The case against Brown was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

  • Gary Wayne Zimmerman, 40, of 178 Wishbone Circle, Hedgesville, W.Va., was sentenced Monday to serve six months in prison on one count of domestic violence with possession of a firearm in September 2000.

    Zimmerman, who pleaded guilty last October, will spend his first six months on probation on home detention with electronic surveillance. After that he will be on probation another two years, Johnston said.

    Free on bond, Zimmerman will report to a designated federal institution.

    His case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Fires cause heavy damage to Pa. homes

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was investigating two fires in Franklin County on Wednesday, one that destroyed a St. Thomas Township mobile home and another that seriously damaged a Peters Township residence.

Justin Souders, 20, of 1051 Hade Road, St. Thomas Township, told police he was asleep in a living room chair at around 10 a.m. when he felt heat and woke to find the front bedroom on fire. He and his mother, Vicky Souders, 48, escaped without injury.

The mobile home was destroyed. Damage was estimated at $20,000, police said.

Just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, a lighted candle started a blaze at 13797 Buchanan Trail West in Peters Township, police said.

A 10-year-old boy arrived home from school, lighted the candle on a dresser in his bedroom and left the room. When he returned, the room was ablaze, police said.

The boy attempted to put the fire out but was unable to do so. He sustained second-degree burns on his right hand and arm that were treated at the scene, police said.

The fire caused an estimated $35,000 to the home, which is the residence of Marcie Starliper, 31, police said.

Four charged in retail theft from Pa. Wal-Mart

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday charged four people in two incidents with retail theft, alleging they left the Chambersburg Wal-Mart with items not paid for.

In the first incident, the store loss prevention officer saw three women take various ladies undergarments, pants, boxers and video cables, remove the labels and packaging materials and conceal them among other groceries they had purchased, police said. They then left the store without paying, police said.

Joni Michelle Lynch, 28, of McConnellsburg, Pa., Tessa Marie Lynch, 24, of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., and Trista Louise Mills, 19, of McConnellsburg, were arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger on retail theft charges and released, police said.

The total value of the items was $165, police said.

Later in the afternoon, Erik Diaz, 19, of Chambersburg, was charged with retail theft. Police said a $30 beard and mustache trimmer was taken but not paid for.

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