Police log

December 23, 2003

Man pleads guilty to damaging cannon

A West Virginia man pleaded guilty Friday in a U.S. Magistrate Court hearing in Hagerstown to charges connected to a September accident in which an Antietam National Battlefield cannon was damaged, according to the National Park Service.

Michael Wise, 27, of 106 Parallel Lane, Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to charges of driving an uninsured vehicle, disturbing cultural structures, failing to report an accident within 24 hours, and failing to maintain control, the park service said.

According to a release, Wise must repay $10,312 in restitution to replace the cannon, complete 40 hours of community service and undergo drug and alcohol treatment.

He was placed on probation for three years and 10 months.

Park rangers said that the cannon was damaged between 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and 8 a.m. Sept. 19 at the main entrance to the park at the intersection of Md. 65 and Dunker Church Road


The cannon carriage that was damaged was valued at $10,000. The carriage, made between 1950 and 1953, was holding a historic cannon tube, rangers said. The tube was not damaged.

Shopper robbed in mall parking lot

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following crime reports this weekend:

  • A shopper was robbed at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot at Valley Mall near the Sears store. Two black men wearing black, hooded jackets and jeans approached the person, took cash and a cell phone and ran.

    No weapon was displayed, but the shopper said the men motioned as if they had a pistol.

  • A home under construction on the 13100 block of Primrose Lane reportedly was entered and vandalized Sunday morning. The damage was estimated at $3,100.

  • A customized vehicle grill worth $200 was reported stolen from a Honda parked on the 16800 block of Tammany Manor Road.

  • A $600 Remington bolt-action rifle and a $300 Martin "Lynx" compound bow and case were reported stolen Sunday evening from inside a home on the 23200 block of Fruit Tree Drive.

  • A rear license tag was reported stolen from an Oldsmobile Cutlass parked in front of 312 Chartridge Drive. The Maryland tag numbers were PAZ 205.

  • Holiday lawn ornaments were reported vandalized Sunday evening in front of the home at 15464 Falling Waters Road. The damage to six reindeer and an inflatable Grinch was estimated at $400.

Teen hurt in Sunday crash on Pa. 997

QUINCY, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., teenager was taken to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center after being injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Pa. 997 in Quincy Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Joshua McIntyre, 16, address unavailable, was listed in critical condition Monday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Police said McIntyre was driving a 1998 Kia at 2 p.m. when he pulled out of Rutter's convenience store and into the path of a northbound 1989 Dodge pickup driven by Barry Musser of Shippensburg, Pa.

McIntyre's passenger, Penny Calimer, age and address unavailable, had minor injuries, police said. Musser was unhurt.

Computer parts stolen in school break-in

SMITHSBURG, Md. - Parts of two Dell Optiplex computers were stolen during a break-in at Smithsburg High School over the weekend, the Smithsburg Police Department said.

Police said one monitor, two keyboards and two mice, valued at a total of $2,800, were stolen from the media center at the school, at 66 N. Main St., between 5 p.m. Friday and 4:45 p.m. Saturday.

Police said thieves broke a window to gain entry to the building and remove the equipment, causing $100 in damage to the building.

Police ask that anyone with information on the burglary call the Smithsburg department at 301-824-3500 or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

Motor home fire ruled accidental

A Monday afternoon fire that caused $25,000 in damage to a city motor home was ruled accidental, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office ruled.

The office said the 1:25 p.m. fire at 10821 Hartle Drive was caused by an electrical malfunction in the interior mechanical compartment of the 1998 Newman Dutch Star motor home. It took 10 firefighters from departments in Mount Aetna and Funkstown about 15 minutes to control the blaze.

Police chase driver briefly in downtown

An unidentified motorist led a Hagerstown Police Department officer on a brief chase downtown Monday evening.

Along the way, the man apparently threw a handgun from the car, police said.

Sgt. Jim Robison said the pursuit began at 9:03 p.m. after a 1993 Buick he was trying to pull over for a motor vehicle violation sped away from the city police cruiser. Robison said the Buick was driven north on Pennsylvania Avenue and eventually onto headed south on North Prospect Street.

The car was later found in an alley, behind a parking deck at the rear of the first block of West Franklin Street, Robison said.

"I actually terminated the pursuit near Church Street because there were too many vehicles in the area," Robison said. "I thought he was going to lose it (control of the car) going around the corner."

Robison said a witness reported seeing the driver throw an object, later identified as a .32-caliber revolver, from the Buick while traveling on North Prospect Street.

Police did not have a detailed description of the driver.

Police ask that anyone with information on the incident call the department at 301-790-3700, ext. 235.

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