Police briefs

October 19, 2004

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls over the weekend, said Sgt. Mark Knight:

On Friday:

· At 11:30 a.m., jewelry was reported stolen from a home in the first block of East Salisbury Street in Williamsport. A gold band, valued at $650; a seven-stone anniversary ring, valued at $600; a two-stone ruby ring, valued at $2,000; a small gold band, valued at $100; and a small band with ruby and diamond chips, valued at $100, were reported stolen.

· At 10 a.m., three vehicles parked at a home in the 11700 block of Snug Harbor Lane off Conococheague Creek near Williamsport were reported damaged. A Chevrolet truck, a 1962 Ford dump truck and a 1968 Ford pickup truck each were reported to have had their front windshield and driver's side windows broken. The damage to each of the cars was estimated at $400.


· At 8 a.m., domestic violence was reported in the first block of West Poplar Street in Funkstown. No arrests were made.

On Saturday:

· At 6:30 p.m., a green boys' bicycle and a black boys' bicycle were reported stolen from the 11500 block of Selema Drive near Hagerstown Community College. The chain that had secured the bikes to a rack outside an apartment building had been cut.

· At 12 p.m., domestic violence was reported in the 100 block of Kevin's Court in Smithsburg. No arrests were made.

· At 8:30 a.m., domestic violence was reported in the 11200 block of Youngstoun Drive near Hagerstown Community College. No arrests were made.

· At 9 p.m., one handgun and two rifles were reported stolen from a home in the 18600 block of Northaven Street in Northaven Mobile Home Park.

· At 8:30 p.m., a Honda CRV was reported keyed in a tic-tac-toe pattern while parked at Food Lion, at 1125 Eastern Blvd. The damage to the car was estimated at $500.

On Sunday:

· At 1 a.m., domestic violence was reported in the 11300 block of Rock Hill Road off Conococheague Creek near Williamsport. No arrests were made.

· At 12 a.m., domestic violence was reported in the 13600 block of Grandview Drive off Maugans Avenue, north of Hagerstown.

· At 6 p.m., the liner to an above-ground pool was reported damaged in the 300 block of Daycotah Avenue in Hagerstown's West End.

· At 11:30 p.m., a window was reported broken in the first block of West Poplar Street in Funkstown.

Overturned truck snarls I-68 traffic

HANCOCK - A tractor-trailer that overturned on Interstate 68 near Hancock snarled traffic for more than eight hours on Monday, Maryland State Police said.

Cpl. Wayne Wachsmuth said the tractor-trailer had just turned off Interstate 70 to head west on I-68 when its load of stone shifted, causing the vehicle to overturn.

The accident shut down the westbound lanes of I-68, and snarled traffic in Maryland and Pennsylvania because of the emergency detour, Wachsmuth said.

Wachsmuth said he was not aware of any injuries, and no one was reported to have been taken to a hospital, according to Washington County Emergency Services dispatch records.

Home damaged by fire in Fairplay

A Saturday morning fire caused $20,000 in damage to a home in the 7800 block Sharpsburg Pike in Fairplay, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

Twenty firefighters were called to the home at 1:59 a.m., according to a news release, and the fire took about 15 minutes to control.

The fire was apparently started when a candle was accidentally left burning inside the home. No one was injured.

W.Va. residents charged with theft

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg residents have been charged with theft-related crimes in connection with auto break-ins on Sunday, Martinsburg City Police said.

Rocky Todd Rinker, 20, and Lisa Ann Hearn, 27, both of 516 E. Moler Ave., were charged in connection with the incident, according to a news release.

Rinker was charged with breaking and entry, and grand larceny. Hearn was charged with possessing a stolen vehicle, accessory to breaking and entry, and accessory to grand larceny. Both were being held Monday at the Eastern Regional Jail.

Police said a motorist alerted police to suspicious activity at an auto sales lot at 925 N. Queen St. just before 5 a.m.

Police said keys to vehicles had been taken from inside the sales office, and Rinker and Hearn were taken into custody after police found them in two of the cars.

Man stabbed near borough carwash

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A borough resident was stabbed several times in the neck, arms and chest after he told someone he did not have any money, Waynesboro Police said.

The 25-year-old was walking near a carwash at the intersection of West 5th Street and Ridge Avenue at about 11 p.m. Sunday, when a man approached him.

The unknown man asked what time it was and asked for a dollar. When the victim said he did not have any money, the man stabbed him.

The assailant is described as a white man between 20 and 25 years old; 5 feet, 10 inches tall; weighing 160 pounds; with short, brown hair. The man was wearing a dark, long-sleeved T-shirt and blue jeans.

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