Police log for 1/30

January 30, 2003

Dead man had ties to Montana, South Carolina

WILLIAMSPORT - A body found along the railroad tracks Monday afternoon near the W.D. Byron Tannery has been identified as that of a 36-year-old Native American with past ties to North Carolina and more recently, Montana.

Lynn Littleboy Burke has family living in Montana who were notified of his death on Tuesday, said Cpl. Roy Harsh of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The body was discovered at 12:15 p.m. Monday near Bottom Road.

Originally, deputies thought Burke's family was in North Carolina but apparently they moved west two years ago. Burke had been in the Hagerstown area recently prior to his death.

The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore to determine the cause of death. There were no obvious signs of foul play, Harsh said.


Investigator Greg Alton said scuff marks on the ground near where the man was found indicate he may have come off a passing train.

Preliminary autopsy results turned up only minor cuts and bruises on the body, inconsistent with being struck by a train or falling or jumping from a train, Harsh said.

A final autopsy report was expected soon.

Harsh asks that anyone who contact with Burke between Jan. 22-27 contact him at 240-313-2183.

Man faces forgery, felony theft charges

A man who police alleged tried to cash a $2,225 check belonging to a dead man was being held Wednesday night on $15,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Hagerstown Police Det. Chris Kayser said bank tellers at Hagerstown Trust Co.'s downtown branch at 83 W. Washington St. called police Tuesday at about 3:30 p.m. Tellers said a man they knew to have cashed bad checks before was trying to cash another check.

When police arrived, they also knew the check was bad because the person who held the account was dead, Kayser said.

Police charged Patrick Matthew Ishii, 34, of no fixed address, with forgery, uttering a forged document and attempted felony theft.

Kayser said the check belonged to Harry Lippincott, who was found dead in the Clarion Hotel at 901 Dual Highway last Friday. The check had a Waynesboro, Pa., address, Kayser said.

Smoking brakes disable school bus

A case of smoking brakes disabled a Washington County Public School bus Wednesday afternoon as it was taking students home from Smithsburg middle and high schools, school spokeswoman Carol Mowen said.

The bus was on Pen Mar Road across from Camp Louise at 4:10 p.m. when the brake problem was discovered by the private contractor driving the bus, Mowen said. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., firefighters sprayed the brakes.

The students had already gotten off the bus and were transferred to another bus that was sent to finish the route, Mowen said.

Leitersburg firefighters also responded to the incident. There were no injuries.

Woman charged with leaving child in vehicle

FREDERICK, Md. - A woman was charged with leaving her infant locked in a running car for more than 10 minutes Tuesday while she shopped in a drug store, Frederick City Police said.

Sherry Connell Kuykendall, 37, of Jefferson, Md., was charged with reckless endangerment and leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. She was released on her own recognizance, according to Lt. Bryan Brown.

Officer John Fry responded to 402 S. Jefferson St. at 11:14 a.m. Tuesday where he located the running vehicle and saw the child inside. The doors were all locked, Fry said.

Witnesses told Fry the child, who was less than 3 months old, had been in the vehicle alone for at least 10 minutes, police said. Fry tried to open the door with a Slim Jim but was unsuccessful.

The temperature at the time was in the 20s, police said.

Fry ran into the CVS Pharmacy and found the mother at 11:20 a.m. She was aware the child was locked in the car unattended, police said.

Firefighters respond to house fire in W.Va.

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Shepherdstown firefighters were called to a house fire on Ridge Road Wednesday night.

A spokesman at the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Communications said the initial call went out at 7:50 p.m.

Details were unavailable late Wednesday.

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