Police log

March 05, 2004

City woman faces kidnapping charge

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - An arrest warrant was issued Thursday charging a Hagerstown woman with kidnapping. Police allege she removed her 14-year-old son from school on Wednesday morning without permission.

Deborah Lynn Smith, 38, was taken into custody Thursday by officers with the Hagerstown Police Department, said Sgt. E.D. Burnett, of the West Virginia State Police.

According to a criminal complaint prepared by Trooper Robert Copson, who investigated the case, Smith went to Hedgesville High School and left with her son at around 9:20 a.m.

Smith does not have any custody rights, Copson said.

The boy was found unharmed and returned to the custody of his father, police said.

Cops: Wiring problem caused Pa. house fire

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A house fire Monday in Antrim Township has been ruled accidental, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Stanford Sydnor said.


Sydnor said Wednesday the fire was caused by a wiring malfunction in the attic of the house, belonging to Jerry A. Foust, 35, of 1644 Farm Lane. Sydnor said the fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the one-story home.

The fire was spotted by neighbors and called in at 11:10 a.m., police said. No one was home at the time and there were no injuries, police said.

Gauges stolen from parked Honda Civic

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating the theft of all the gauges from a Honda Civic at Hicks Chevrolet on U.S. 11 in Antrim Township.

Police said the car was broken into between 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Cash stolen from Pa. auto business

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said $500 in items were taken Tuesday morning from a Greene Township business.

Police said a rear window in the garage of Scotland Auto on Main Street was broken at about 1 a.m.

Stolen work trailer returned to owner

SCOTLAND, Pa. - A trailer reported stolen from a residential construction site in January was found Tuesday at a home in Lurgan Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the 6-by-10-foot Haulmark trailer was stolen Jan. 27 from a site on Olde Scotland Road. The trailer, belonging to Scott Morris, 31, of Martinsburg, W.Va., contained tools, equipment and supplies.

Police said the trailer was returned to Morris and the case was under investigation.

Tools, pipe taken from school work site

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Tools and copper pipe were stolen from the construction site of the new Scotland Elementary School Monday night or Tuesday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The building was entered through an open door and the items stolen between 3 p.m. and 7 a.m., police said.

Cash is reported stolen from Pa. home

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said $700 in cash was stolen from the home of a Montgomery Township man between Feb. 21 and Tuesday.

The cash was taken from the bedroom of the house in the 11000 block of Fort Loudon Road, police said. There was no sign of forced entry and no other valuables were taken, according to police.

Rewards offered in Food Lion robbery

Rewards of up to $1,000 are being offered for help finding a gunman who held up a Food Lion grocery store on Jefferson Boulevard near Smithsburg last month.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class R.A. Plante said that on Feb. 7 at 6 a.m., a man with a gun walked up to a delivery driver's vehicle outside the grocery store, forced the driver into the store with him and then asked for the store manager.

The manager was forced at gunpoint to open the store safe, which contained a small amount of money, he said.

The robber fled in the delivery driver's vehicle, which was recovered undamaged a short distance away, Plante said. A police K-9 dog lost track in the area of the vehicle, which led police to believe a getaway car was waiting nearby, he said.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

Wheels, tires stolen from parked Nova

Four wheels and four tires were reported stolen Wednesday from a 1973 Chevrolet Nova parked in the 22000 block of Jefferson Boulevard, according to Washington County Sheriff's Dept. Sgt. Mark Knight.

He said the wheels were aluminum and the tires were expensive racing tires, but no value was listed.

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