Police log

February 05, 2004

Police respond to report of shots fired

Police rushed to the area of West Franklin Street after reports that several shots were fired late Wednesday.

Sgt. Steve Bussard said the incident was reported at 10:35 p.m. Bussard said the shooter was not found, but seven shell casings were found in an alley near 251/2 West Franklin St.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the shooting, Bussard said.

Witnesses told police the shots were preceded by a loud argument between a man and a woman, Bussard said. Witnesses told police a man ran from the area after the shots were fired, he said.

A detailed description of that man was not available late Wednesday, Bussard said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 301-790-3700.

Man's condition upgraded to serious

The condition of a New York man injured in an Interstate 70 crash was upgraded to serious Tuesday, a Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said.


The hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday that Dwyer E. Conklin, 21, of East Syracuse, N.Y., remained in serious condition. He had been listed in critical condition since being admitted on Jan. 26.

Conklin was injured in an 11 a.m. crash on Jan. 26 on I-70 near the Interstate 81 interchange.

Unknown substance found at city busines

A letter containing an unknown white substance found at a city business Wednesday was taken to a lab in Cumberland, Md., for testing, Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said.

A powder was discovered inside a piece of mail at Direct Mail Processing Inc., at 1150 Conrad Court, on Wednesday morning, MacRae said.

Upon an initial investigation, police deemed the powder to be suspicious and turned it over to the health department at 11:50 a.m., MacRae said.

Direct Mail Processing Human Resources Director Brian Bishop did not return several calls to the business Wednesday for comment. Hagerstown Police Department investigators could not be reached Wednesday.

MacRae said results of lab tests, being conducted at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene lab in Cumberland, would be available in about 48 hours, at the earliest. He said the lab will test for several chemical agents including ricin and anthrax.

MacRae said no adverse reactions from exposure to the substance were reported to the county health department Wednesday.

-Brian Shappell

Man shot in apparent road rage case

A Pennsylvania man was shot in the thigh in an apparent road rage incident between two truckers early Wednesday at the Halfway Boulevard exit off Interstate 81, Maryland State Police said.

Brian Cherry, 35, of East Berlin, Pa., was admitted to Washington County Hospital shortly after the 2:35 a.m. incident with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the right thigh, police said.

A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday evening she was unable to find a condition listed for Cherry, but said he was brought there early Wednesday.

Trooper 1st Class Troy McDonough said his investigation revealed that Cherry was involved in a verbal dispute over the CB radio with another trucker and they agreed to meet at a location off I-81 at Halfway Boulevard to "discuss their differences."

The two met in a parking lot, where the other man shot Cherry and then drove away in a red or maroon truck pulling a white box trailer, McDonough said. The shooter was described as a white man in his late 50s with short gray hair and glasses.

Police ask that anyone who heard the conversation on the CB or who has information that could assist in locating the shooter and the vehicle call McDonough at 301-739-2101 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Woman found dead in W.Va. home

RIPPON, W.Va. - A woman was found dead in a house along Withers Larue Road on Tuesday night, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said Wednesday.

It appears the woman suffered a shotgun wound to the head, 1st Sgt. Deke Walker said.

The woman's body was discovered by troopers at about 9 p.m.

Walker declined to go into specifics about the case, including the address of the home on Withers Larue Road or who initially found the woman.

Walker said he could not say whether foul play may have been involved in the death.

"We haven't ruled out anything at this point," Walker said.

An autopsy will be conducted to help determine how the woman died, Walker said.

Withers Larue Road extends off U.S. 340 near Rippon, W.Va., in the southern part of Jefferson County.

Police seek help in pizza shop burglary

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Franklin County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction for a March burglary at a Greene Township restaurant.

Pennsylvania State Police are looking for leads in the burglary at Taormina's Pizza Shop, 8228 Lincoln Way East, on the night of March 9 or 10, 2003. Approximately $13,000 in restaurant equipment and food were stolen, police said.

Anyone with information about this or other crimes can call Crime Solvers at 717-263-3000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Student charged with making terroristic threats

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. - A student was charged with making terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened to blow up a school late last month, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the unnamed 12-year-old boy was accused of threatening to blow up Fannett-Metal High School on Thursday, Jan. 29.

The report contained no other details of the allegation.

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