Police briefs

August 25, 2004

Graffiti sprayed at Pa. playground

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Graffiti, including racial epithets, was sprayed on playground equipment and the memorial at the Donald "Mike" Waters Memorial Playground Sunday night or Monday morning, according to borough police.

Police said they were investigating a possible connection between the vandalism at the South Second Street playground and other incidents involving graffiti during the same period.

Recreation and Parks Director Herb Dolaway said it took about an hour to remove the graffiti after it was reported Monday morning.

"Normally, when we have graffiti, we try and remove it in a timely fashion," Dolaway said, particularly if it involves racial slurs or profanity.


Driver treated after dog runs onto road

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An 18-year-old driver was treated for minor injuries Monday morning after she crashed trying to avoid a dog in the road, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said Shannon Rodgers of Waynesboro was taken to Waynesboro Hospital after the 10:20 a.m. accident on Pa. 316 in Quincy Township. Rodgers was driving a 1993 Honda Accord south when a dog ran onto the road, police said.

The car struck and sheared off a utility pole, went over a guardrail and rolled onto its roof, police said.

Garden tools stolen from hotel shed

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Gardening equipment was stolen from an unlocked utility shed at Hampton Inn, 955 Lesher Road, Pennsylvania State Police said.

A power washer, Craftsman gas-powered leaf blower and Homelite and Weed Eater trimmers were stolen between 1 p.m. Friday and 7:40 a.m. Monday, police said.

Boonsboro's town flag reported stolen

Boonsboro's town flag was reported stolen at 3 p.m. on Monday from Shafer Park, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The flag was valued at $60, police said.

Other crimes reported to the sheriff's department on Monday were:

· At 6:30 p.m., a toolbox and tools valued at $400 were reported stolen from a garage in the 18700 block of North Pointe Drive north of Hagers-town.

· At 9 a.m., a Sharrett Inc. employee's 1999 Dodge pickup was reported broken into and several items reported stolen while the pickup was at Sharrett's service center at 1333 Dual Highway. Damage was estimated at $500.

· At 10:30 a.m., four windows at Boonsboro High School were reported broken, possibly from thrown rocks. Damage was estimated at $800.

City police respond to domestic calls

The following crimes were reported to the Hagerstown Police Department:

· Domestic violence was reported at 2:41 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Central Avenue.

· Domestic violence was reported at 12:17 a.m. today in the 800 block of West Washington Street.

· Domestic violence was reported at 9:17 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Mitchell Avenue.

· Domestic violence was reported at 9:26 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of South Locust Street.

· At 5:11 p.m. Monday, a purse and its contents were reported stolen from a motor vehicle at Giant Eagle, 835 W. Hillcrest Road.

· Domestic violence was reported at 7:34 p.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Kensington Drive in the North End.

· At 11:29 p.m. Sunday, a window was reported broken at A.C. Moore at the Centre at Hagerstown.

· A breaking and entering was reported at Bethel Assembly of God, 515 E. Wilson Blvd., at 7:24 p.m. Sunday.

Three charged in prostitution arrests

FREDERICK, Md. - Three men were charged Friday in a police operation focusing on prostitution in Frederick, the Frederick Police Department said.

Christopher D. House, 29, of the 6000 block of Mt. Dale Road in Thurmont, Md.; Kevin A. Brunette, 39, of the 800 block of Jubal Way in Frederick; and Dennis E. Gift, 57, of the 4500 block of Buchanan Trail East in Zullinger, Pa., were each charged with one count of solicitation for prostitution.

Police alleged that each man approached and solicited an undercover female police officer, who was playing the role of a prostitute, in the north end of the city's downtown between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Police said residents and business owners were complaining of prostitutes working and performing lewd sex acts in area back yards and in vehicles.

Riding lawn mower reported stolen

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A riding lawn mower was stolen from a Southampton Township residence Friday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The Cub Cadet Model 124 was stolen between 2 and 4 p.m. from 1510 Two Turn Road and belonged to Andrew Cole of Shippensburg, police said.

Police: Front door pulled off Pa. house

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a burglary and vandalism at a Metal Township home Friday.

Police said the front door of the house on the 17500 block of Willow Avenue was pulled off between 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. and a locked bedroom door was forced open, although nothing was reported stolen.

The vehicle of the person who lived in the house was vandalized between 1 and 5 a.m. the same day, police said.

Pa. man charged with attempted rape

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