Police log for 12/31

December 31, 2003

Car vandalism reported in county

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

-- Three tires were discovered punctured on a Ford Windstar van parked at 13180 Independence Road. The damage was estimated at $300.

-- Two windows were broken on a Pontiac station wagon parked at 7042 Tommytown Road. The damage was estimated at $200.

-- A theft of a cell phone was reported from the Hecht's store at Valley Mall. The owner was in the shoe department when the phone was taken from inside the owner's purse.


-- A snowblower was reported stolen from behind a home at 13526 Wells Spring Drive. The machine had an estimated value of $900.

Crash sends pair to local hospital

The driver of a blue Dodge Neon and her passenger were taken to Washington County Hospital after a single-vehicle accident on Mount Aetna Road near Smithsburg Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency responders were called at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to the 21300 block of Mount Aetna Road.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Jon Molineaux said the woman was driving west on Mount Aetna Road when she lost control of the car. The car fishtailed as it drove up the inclined road and struck a tree, he said.

Molineaux said he did not know the identity of either of the patients taken to the hospital. One had more serious injuries than the other, but he did not believe they were life-threatening.

Potomac River water levels are hazardous

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through today because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Tuesday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Paw Paw downstream through all of Washington County and on to Little Falls because of recent rain, a natural resources police news release said.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life threatening situation because of hypothermia wave action, high velocity or treacherous current.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers, according to the news release.

For the latest information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

Three die on state roads at Christmas

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Three people died over the Christmas holiday in accidents investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, according to Col. Jeffrey B. Miller.

The state police commander said another 116 people were injured in 410 crashes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Last year, five people were killed and 231 injured in 901 crashes, according to his report.

Thirty-seven of the crashes this year were alcohol-related and two of the three people killed were not wearing seat belts, according to Miller. Troopers also arrested 61 people for driving under the influence, issued 249 speeding tickets and cited 15 motorists for safety belt violations.

Cigarettes, cash stolen from store

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Approximately 80 cartons of cigarettes and cash were stolen Christmas Eve in a burglary at Zack's Mini Market on Philadelphia Avenue in Greene Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the burglary took place just after 4 a.m. Most of the cigarettes stolen were Marlboros and Newports, police said.

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