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Police log

October 03, 2003

Police seek info on missing teenager


BOONSBORO - The Washington County Sheriff's Department was investigating the disappearance of a Funkstown-area teenager.

Sheriff's deputies said Christina J. Webb, 15, of 9720 Garis Shop Road, has not been home since Sept. 26. Webb last was seen at Boonsboro High School at 7:50 a.m. that day, deputies said.

Webb is described as white, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and weighing 135 pounds with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on the missing teen may contact deputies at 301-791-3020.




Shooting reported at Antietam battlefield


SHARPSBURG - Police and emergency workers went to the area of Antietam National Battlefield Thursday evening in response to reports of a shooting there.

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A Maryland State Police spokesman confirmed a man died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in an apparent suicide.

The incident occurred just after 7:30 p.m. in a nonresidential area near the intersection of Dunker Church Road and Cornfield Avenue, a Washington County emergency dispatcher said.

Police blocked nearly a one-mile stretch of Dunker Church Road and allowed only officials and emergency workers near the scene. Officers at the scene declined to comment.

Several attempts to reach Antietam National Battlefield Chief Park Ranger Ed Wenschhof were unsuccessful. Other park officials declined to comment late Thursday.

Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services Chief Lester Bussard confirmed that the company responded to the emergency dispatch. Bussard said he was unable to give any specific information on the incident.




Cause of 3-year-old's death still unknown


The Hagerstown Police Department Thursday did not release the cause of a North Prospect Street boy's death on Wednesday morning.

Lt. Rick Johnson said an autopsy being performed in Baltimore on the body of Christopher Hook, 3, of 438 N. Prospect St., was delayed for several hours Thursday. Johnson said he did not have information on the autopsy late Thursday. He said information likely would be released by the department today.

Christopher was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital Wednesday morning shortly after a 6:52 a.m. call to 911, police said. Christopher lived with his parents, Chad and Nancy Hook, at the residence, police said.

Members of the Hook family could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

On Wednesday, Dan Hook, Chad Hook's brother, described the death as devastating for the family.




Man pronounced dead after car leaves road


GAPLAND - A Gapland man whose 1996 Toyota Corolla went off Kaetzel Road and stopped in brush Wednesday night was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

William Edgar Smith, 66, of 3026 Kaetzel Road, was southbound in the 3200 block of Kaetzel Road when the accident occurred, police said.

A passing motorist found the car and called for help at 8:48 p.m., police said.

Smith was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

There was no visible damage to the car and police said Smith may have suffered from medical complications. The accident remained under investigation.




Girl is offered ride to school by stranger


FREDERICK, Md. - A girl walking to Frederick High School on Wednesday morning was offered a ride by a man driving a Dodge truck, Frederick City Police said.

The driver of a silver Dodge truck honked his horn and waved at the girl when he first drove past her at around 7 a.m., police said. The man then pulled into a driveway along West Patrick Street and offered her a ride to school.

The girl refused and told school authorities about the incident, police said.

The driver was described as having black hair, brown eyes, being clean shaven and having a slight accent, police said.

Frederick Police were warning students and their parents to be aware of strangers who might try to pick up their children on the way to and from school now that the school year has begun.

Anyone who may have seen the incident may contact Frederick City Police at 1-301-694-2100.

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