Police briefs

April 06, 2004

Cars vandalized during the weekend

These crimes were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department over the weekend:

  • On Saturday at 1:41 a.m., the back window to a 1991 white Chevrolet Blazer parked at Creekside Inn, 1225 Security Road, was reported broken, said Sheriff's Department Cpl. Roy Harsh.

    He said damage was estimated at $200.

  • On Saturday at 5:08 a.m., $216 was reported stolen from a cash register at Holiday Inn Express, 241 Railway Lane, Harsh said.

  • On Saturday at 9:48 a.m., a printer was reported stolen from a car parked in the 100 block of Joel Court, but it was found shortly afterward at a house under construction in the same block, Harsh said.

  • On Saturday at 10:34 a.m., a 2004 Ford Focus was reported to have been scratched as it was parked at The Colonial Motel, 14130 Pennsylvania Ave., Harsh said.

  • On Saturday at 11:40 a.m., a BMW was reported to have been scratched and its tires flattened while parked on Blue Heron Lane, Harsh said.

  • On Saturday at 3:09 p.m., a blue moped that had been reported stolen was found at 10013 Linwood Road, Harsh said.

  • On Saturday at 3:33 p.m., $168 was reported stolen from a cash register at Ollie's Bargain Outlet, 1709 Massey Blvd., Harsh said.

  • On Sunday at 9:12 p.m., a Mitsubishi Eclipse was reported broken into and its stereo stolen as it was parked in the lot of Hagerstown Cinemas at Valley Mall, Harsh said. He said the stereo was valued at about $1,020.

Neighbors call 911 for man in smoky home

Neighbors of a Hagerstown man called 911 Saturday night when they heard the smoke detector go off in his home, Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Dick Hopkins said.


The man, who is hearing-impaired, had fallen asleep, Hopkins said.

Firefighters who responded to the 6:44 p.m. call, got the man out after forcing open the door to the 63 W. North Ave. house, Hopkins said.

There was no fire, but there was smoke from food on the stove, so firefighters ventilated the home, Hopkins said.

He said no one was injured.

Man robbed on his way to MARC station

FREDERICK, Md. - A man was robbed Saturday morning while walking to the MARC train station to get a cab, according to a Frederick Police Department news release.

The victim was approached by another man at Carroll and East All Saints streets around 12:24 a.m., police said.

The victim was threatened, and an undisclosed amount of money and his wallet were taken, police said.

The robber was described as black, about 6 feet tall and thin, with facial hair, police said. He was wearing jeans and a tan shirt. The man was in his mid-30s and had short hair.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call police at 301-694-2100.

Pa. man subdued until police arrive

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Williamson, Pa., man was subdued by bystanders early Saturday after he threatened another man with a knife and then a gun in the VFW parking lot, Chambersburg police said.

Police said James E. North, 41, of 5342 Warm Spring Road, was charged with two counts of simple assault, one count of recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats in the 12:23 a.m. incident outside the VFW post at 747 S. Fourth St.

Police alleged that North confronted Ralph Scott, address unavailable, while brandishing a knife. The knife was knocked out of North's hand and he then allegedly pulled a .38-caliber handgun on Scott, police alleged.

Another person knocked the gun out of North's hand and he was restrained by several other witnesses, police said.

Pa. man hurt in Sunday night crash

UPPER STRASBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday night in Letterkenny Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said Don P. Crouse, age and address unavailable, was flown to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center following the 8:15 p.m. accident on Upper Strasburg Road. A hospital spokeswoman said Monday evening she had no information on Crouse.

Crouse was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Byron G. Smith of Chambersburg, police said. Smith lost control of the vehicle on a sharp curve west of Upper Horse Valley Road and the truck went over an embankment and hit several trees.

Crouse was thrown from the vehicle, police said. Smith had minor injuries and was taken to Chambersburg Hospital by ambulance, police said.

Pa. man charged, crack cocaine seized

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was arrested and an estimated $5,000 worth of crack cocaine seized Sunday night when borough police conducted a search at a "fortified" Spring Street house, Chambersburg police said.

Police said Joseph L. Moore, 18, of 12 Spring St., was arrested in the 9:40 p.m. raid at his home. Several bags of cocaine were found, along with packaging materials, a safe and other drug paraphernalia, police said.

The doors and windows of the home were barricaded and audio and video surveillance devices monitored the entrance, police said.

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