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March 31, 2003

High school students facing drug charges

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Four Greencastle High School students have been charged by Greencastle Borough Police with possession and possession with intent to deliver controlled or counterfeit substances, Police Chief Terry Sanders said Friday.

All four students have been suspended, said Schools Superintendent P. Duff Rearick.

There is some question whether the white powder that students were reportedly observed sniffing in school Wednesday was an illegal substance - purported to be cocaine - or powdered aspirin, officials said.

The investigation is continuing.

The students were charged on juvenile petitions and turned over to Franklin County juvenile authorities. They were being held in a juvenile detention facility, Sanders said.

Rearick said the student who brought the substance to school said it was aspirin.

"For us it doesn't matter," Rearick said. Real drugs or look-a-like-drugs will bring the same punishment, including suspension, placement in another facility or expulsion, he said.


Armed man robs Pa. deli, gas station

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa - A man armed with a knife robbed a clerk at the Sunoco-Plus Deli and gas station at 4650 Lincoln Way East around 2:30 a.m. Friday and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the man entered the store wearing dark clothes and a ski mask. He brandished a long-bladed kitchen-type knife and demanded money from the cash register, police said.

He also took several cartons of cigarettes before leaving on foot, police said.

Accident victim's condition is fair

Mark Edward Knowles, 44, of Boonsboro remained at Washington County Hospital in fair condition Friday, the nursing supervisor said.

Knowles was injured Friday in a single-car accident on Alt. U.S. 40.

Police seek couple in illegal spending spree

Police are looking for a man and a woman who may be responsible for more than $1,900 in stolen check and credit card purchases this month in three states, Maryland State Police said Friday.

On March 13, a pocketbook containing a checkbook and credit cards was reported stolen from the Chambersburg, Pa., Wal-Mart. The same day, purchases were made with the stolen checks and credit cards at stores in Chambersburg; Hanover, Pa.; Carlisle, Pa.; Martinsburg, W.Va.; and Hagerstown, police said.

Employees at the stores described the man and woman as in their middle to late 20s, police said. The man was described as white, about 5-foot-10, medium build, with short hair or a crew cut and wearing a baseball cap. The woman was described as white with blonde hair, 5-foot-9, 150 pounds, with a scar on her right cheek or jaw area. Both were right handed, police said.

In Hagerstown, purchases were made at eight stores for a known value of $1,600. A stolen check is believed to have been used by the couple at the Target store on March 27 for a $346 purchase, police said.

Martinsburg City Police are investigating four purchases, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crimes call Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101, Pennsylvania State Police at 1-717-264-5161 or Martinsburg City Police at 1-304-264-2100.

City home damaged; driver of car leaves

Police are looking for the driver of a car that damaged items on the front yard of a Hagerstown home Friday afternoon, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Police said they believe the driver of a blue Toyota lost control of the vehicle about 1:45 p.m. and drove through the front yard of a house on the first block of North Clifton Avenue.

The vehicle damaged the mailbox, a light post and some lights and came to rest against the house, police said. The driver left in the Toyota.

Police ask that anyone with information call the Sheriff's Office at 240-313-2170.

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