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Police briefs

September 29, 2004

Truck, bus mirrors brush, no one hurt


No one was injured Tuesday morning when the side mirrors of a Ford F-900 truck struck the side mirrors of a Washington County Public Schools bus, according to a release from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Arnold B. Cerezo said the bus was in the area of 12340 Itnyre Road in Smithsburg at about 11:30 a.m. when the incident occurred.

Carol Mowen, public information officer for the school system, said the bus was carrying kindergarten students to Old Forge Elementary School.

"The students were initially frightened, but after being transferred to another school bus, they were back on their way to school with smiles and laughter," Cerezo said in the release.

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City police investigate calls


The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls on Monday, according to Sgt. Curt Wood:

· At 7 a.m. Monday, tires were reported damaged in the 200 block of North Mulberry Street.

· At 7:26 a.m., two bicycles - a boys' 24-inch Mt. Storm and a girls' 20-inch Mt. Storm - were reported stolen in the 400 block of West Washington Street.

· At 10:19 a.m., domestic violence was reported in the 900 block of Hamilton Boulevard.

· At 5:37 p.m., domestic violence was reported in the first block of East Franklin Street.

Sharpsburg fire destroys bedroom


Fire broke out in a Sharpsburg apartment building Tuesday morning, destroying a bedroom and its contents, but sparing the building's tenants from injury, a Washington County Emergency Medical Services dispatcher said.

He said the fire at 202 E. Chapline St. was called in to dispatch at 12:23 a.m. and was under control five minutes later.

The dispatcher said firefighters from Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Funkstown and Shepherdstown (W.Va.), and a rescue company from Sharpsburg were at the scene.

He said the fire was in a bedroom, destroying that room and its contents.

White powder sent to attorney's office


FREDERICK, Md. - For the second time in less than a month, an envelope containing a note and white powder was received at the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Again, the powder was not hazardous, deputies said.

Deputies said the suspicious envelope was reported Tuesday at about 1:23 p.m. Deputies said the envelope contained a short note and white powder that was deemed to not be dangerous.

The office received a similar envelope on Sept. 7. The white powder inside that envelope also was determined not to be dangerous, according to deputies.

The investigation into the incidents is ongoing, according to deputies.

No additional information was released Tuesday.

Deputies respond to fights at school


THURMONT, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Department said deputies were sent to Catoctin High School Monday after two fights were reported, one in the school's front office.

Deputies said five students were involved in the fight, which was reported at 7:49 a.m. in the front lobby of the school. The students involved were taken to the front office, where a second fight broke out later, deputies said.

The second fight began after two adult family members of two students involved in the initial brawl entered the office, deputies said. Deputies said the adults, who were not identified Tuesday, refused to stop and sign in at the front desk.

Deputies said the investigation was continuing Tuesday.

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