Hancock briefs

July 15, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Municipal League dinner scheduled

The Williamsport American Legion will host the Washington County Maryland Municipal League Dinner Meeting on July 26. Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy announced the meeting at Wednesday's Town Council meeting.

The dinner meeting will be held at the American Legion's picnic grounds.

Murphy said scholarships will be awarded to the county at the meeting. "That's a good one," he said.

Wheeler appointed to commission

A former Hancock councilwoman was appointed to the Hancock Planning Commission on Wednesday.

The Hancock Town Council appointed Debbie Wheeler to fill the open slot vacated by John Popenoe, who recently resigned.

Last month, the Town Council presented Popenoe with a plaque for his service. Popenoe served on the Planning Commission for 10 years.

Police respond to 98 calls in June

The Hancock Police Department responded to 98 calls for service in June, Officer T.J. Buskirk said Wednesday.


Buskirk presented the month police report to the Hancock Town Council and its regular monthly meeting.

The police department's activities in June were as follows:

  • 54 hours of park walk, talk and ride duties

  • 18 hours of radar

  • six hours of funeral escorts

  • five criminal cases, consisting of four thefts and one assault

  • 161 parking citations issued

  • three municipal citations issued

  • four arrests - two adults and two juveniles

Some of the calls Hancock police responded to were:

  • On June 8, a child riding a bicycle was struck by a vehicle.

  • On June 8, a disturbance at a business on West Main Street was reported. A person threatened a patron of the business with a pipe, used profanity in front of a 3-year-old and trespassed after being told to leave, according to police.

  • On June 9, a theft of $500 was reported from Hillside Road.

  • On June 9, a report of a domestic disturbance was made on West High Street.

  • On June 10, police received a report of a suspicious person near Sheetz on West Main Street. According to police, a person was walking around giving passing cars the middle finger.

  • On June 26, police received a call from West High Street about a neighbor refusing to return a ball that rolled into her yard. Children accidentally rolled the ball into the neighbor's yard.

    Septic system installed at park

    Hancock Town Manager Larry Logan said at Wednesday night's Town Council meeting that a septic system has been installed at Kirkwood Park.

    "It's too bad that the system was completed at the end of baseball season," Logan said. "It's good to go next year."

    Glitch plagues meter readings

    Software used to compile water-meter readings has been acting up in Hancock. Town Manager Larry Logan said water meters can be read, but the readings aren't transferring to the computer. He said the system is 10 years old.

    "We're going to have to think about that as a budget item, I'm sure," Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

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