Police log

July 26, 2003

One killed in accident on I-81

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One person was killed in an accident on Interstate 81 Friday evening, according to a Franklin County emergency dispatcher.

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg and the Fayetteville Fire Department were still on the scene of the accident about 10 p.m. Officials from each agency said they could not provide any information.

Girl struck while on bike out of hospital

A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a sport-utility vehicle while riding her bicycle Thursday has been released from Washington County Hospital, but Hagerstown Police had not found the driver as of Friday night.

Ashley Ahalt was hurt when her Huffy bicycle collided with an SUV near the intersection of High and West Franklin streets about 7 p.m. Thursday, police said.


Investigating Officer Sean Flanagan said police were looking for a white man with dark hair and a goatee, driving an older model blue Chevrolet Blazer with white rims.

Two arrested after purse is snatched

Two Hagerstown residents were arrested after an elderly woman's purse was grabbed as she left a local restaurant Friday.

Michael Howard Baltimore, 30, and Tammie Sue Fitzgerald, 36, were charged with strong-arm robbery and theft, Maryland State Police said.

The victim was leaving the Antrim House Restaurant in Fountain Head Plaza off Pennsylvania Avenue about noon when a man asked for directions and then grabbed her purse, police said.

The man allegedly got into a gold Plymouth which later was stopped by Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Burhans Boulevard, police said.

Fitzgerald, who is accused of driving the car, also was charged with driving under the influence and driving while suspended, police said.

Two men arrested, charged with theft

FREDERICK, Md. - Two Frederick County, Md., men were arrested after they allegedly tried to sell a stolen Yamaha Waverunner to two plainclothes police officers, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

Joseph Scott Sherrill, 25, of Walkersville, Md., and Michael Paul Schilling, 25, of Frederick, Md., were charged with theft over $500, police said Friday.

Police said they received a tip that the personal watercraft and trailer were for sale below market value, which is $6,400.

The owner was making arrangements to pick up his property, which had been stolen from the Farmbrook area in mid-July, police said.

Horse injured during vandalism of barn

FREDERICK, Md. - A horse was injured when someone looted and vandalized a barn in the 1800 block of Mountain Church Road last week, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Someone opened the gates to the barn, allowing the horses to get loose and one of them to be injured, police said.

Someone also dumped horse feed on the ground and sprayed it with a fire extinguisher and flooded a bathroom in the barn, police said.

Saddles and other equipment valued at $5,800 were stolen from the farm and later recovered near the home of an unnamed suspect, police said.

No arrests had been made as of Friday.

Speed surveillance set for next week

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office will conduct speed surveillance Wednesday in the Linganore, New Market and Braddock Heights areas.

Radar will be set up to tell drivers how fast they are going in an effort to get speeders to slow down and identify areas to be targeted for future enforcement, police said.

Sheriff's Office reports crimes

The Washington County Sheriff's Office received the following crime reports:

  • A Chevrolet S10 pickup was reported stolen early Friday morning from a home on the 8000 block of Old National Pike. The truck's Maryland license tag number is 00N134. It was not clear when the truck had been taken.

  • Someone broke out front door glass to get into the Tanning Zone at 22028 Jefferson Blvd. in Hagerstown, sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 7:50 a.m. Thursday, and took $150 in cash.

  • A church truck and van parked on the 12800 block of Point Salem Road received $280 in damage when tires were sliced in an incident reported Thursday morning.

  • Two holes believed to be caused by a bullet or pellet were found in the front window of a home in the 100 block of East Baltimore Street in Funkstown. Damage was estimated at $200. The incident was reported at noon Thursday.

  • Three chairs valued at $30 each were reported stolen Thursday night from a porch on the 11000 block of Baldwin Drive in Hagerstown.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crimes call the Sheriff's Office at 301-791-3020.

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