Police log - 6/5

June 05, 2003

Sheriff's Department responds to calls

Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to the following calls:

  • At 7 a.m. Wednesday, it was reported that a school bus parked in the 8000 block of Dam No. 4 Road was spray-painted with graffiti on the inside and outside of the bus. No damage estimate was available.

  • Seven compact discs and $22 were reported stolen at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday from a 2001 Kia parked in the 400 block of Pangborn Boulevard. Damage to the car was $125.

Police seek help in solving robbery

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police were asking for the public's help in trying to solve a robbery that occurred last Thursday at Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Washington Street in Charles Town.

The robbery occurred shortly after 10 p.m. when a white male walked into the restaurant with a handgun, said Detective Steve Harris of the Charles Town Police Department.

The man robbed an employee at gunpoint, left the restaurant and walked west on Washington Street, Harris said.


Harris declined to say how much money the robber obtained.

The robber was described as being between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, Harris said. He was wearing a white Reebok T-shirt and dark shorts, Harris said. The man was further described as bald or balding and having very pale skin, he said.

A piece of fabric was wrapped around the man's hand, which covered part of the gun, Harris said.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call the Charles Town Police Department at 304-725-2714.

Martinsburg man injured in Pa. crash

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was injured Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 30 in Greene Township, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Bryan Wright, 40, was driving east near Ragged Edge Road at 8:30 a.m. when the 2002 Ford Taurus he was driving ran off the south side of the road, hit a curb and rolled over several times. The car came to rest against a utility pole and caught fire.

Police freed Wright from the wreckage, according to the report, which described his injuries as moderate. Police did not indicate where Wright was taken for treatment.

The cause of the accident was unknown, according to police.

Radar detector, wallet taken from car

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A wallet and radar detector were stolen from a Hagerstown man's unlocked vehicle Monday night or Tuesday morning, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the items were stolen between 12:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. from the vehicle of Richard Rockwell. The vehicle was parked at 3745 Lincoln Way West during that time, police said.

Candy, food stolen from Little League

HALFWAY - About $500 worth of candy and other food was reported stolen Monday from the Halfway Little League.

Someone cut the locks off a window to get into the league's concession stand at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Some empty cash boxes also were removed, police said.

The burglary occurred between 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime may contact the sheriff's office at 240-313-2100, ext. 1.

Man who escaped from prison arrested

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Police arrested a man Sunday who had escaped from prison in April while on work release, according to a press release.

Police were called to the 500 block of West Main Street at about 7:15 p.m., where they found Eric James Smith in a car. He was arrested without incident and released to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

No further information was available.

Man guilty of failure to stop for school bus

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man on Tuesday was found guilty of failure to stop for a school bus, according to a release from Martinsburg City Police.

A Municipal Court jury found Andrew Beckwith, of 302 Evans Run Drive, guilty of the charge, police said.

Beckwith, who was 18 at the time, was driving a Jeep Cherokee on March 15 when he didn't stop prior to reaching a stopped school bus, police said. The bus was dropping off students at the intersection of New York Avenue and Jefferson Street, police said.

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