All police briefs for 10-21

October 21, 2004

Attic fire damages Smithsburg home

Firefighters were investigating the cause of an attic fire Wednesday afternoon in a home on Comanche Drive in Smithsburg.

Firefighters from several Washington County units as well as from Franklin County, Pa., responded to the fire, according to Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Ron Jeter.

Jeter said no one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. He added that it was a small fire, but that more investigation was needed to determine the cause. He had no damage estimate.

City man charged in apparent road rage

A Hagerstown man has been charged in a road rage incident that happened on Interstate 70 on Oct. 3, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said in a written statement on Wednesday.


Police are not releasing the man's name, but they said they charged him with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and several traffic offenses.

Police said the driver of a black Honda Accord pointed a handgun at the driver of a red Corvette on westbound I-70 in Washington County.

Police had asked that the driver of the red Corvette, who they said was the victim in the incident, contact investigators. Police said Wednesday that they have identified the victim.

Pa. firefighters investigating arson

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Borough Fire Marshal Jerry Hartman said the Waynesboro Police Department is investigating a double arson that occurred earlier this week at 266 Mount Airy Ave.

No injuries were reported, but Hartman said Wednesday that the latest incident, which happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday, caused an estimated $40,000 damage to a front room and its contents in the house.

It's owned by Harold Mackey Jr., Hartman said.

The room that burned contained guns and ammunition, some of which discharged in the heat.

"It's a good thing no one was hurt," Hartman said.

He said investigators believe that fire was set.

On Monday, when Mackey came home shortly before 8 p.m., he found some burning newspapers that had been stuffed between the storm door and rear-entrance door to his house, Hartman said.

Damage was minor, restricted to the doors and part of the kitchen floor, Hartman said.

"We have a couple of suspects," Hartman said.

Threatening note found on school wall

A threatening note written on a bathroom wall at Clear Spring High School on Tuesday allegedly was written by a 15-year-old who said he did it as a joke, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

The school called police Tuesday at about 12:15 p.m. after a student found a note written on a bathroom wall which said: "Bomb will go off at 3:00," the release said.

Once police arrived, investigators interviewed students and police allege a 15-year-old confessed to writing the note on the wall as a joke, police said.

The juvenile was charged with false statement of a destructive device and disrupting public school and was held by the Department of Juvenile Justice pending a hearing, the release said.

Cigarettes, laundry detergent stolen

Food Lion on College Road was robbed of a large quantity of Marlboro cigarettes and about 20 large containers of Tide liquid detergent Tuesday morning, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Phone lines at the store were cut and entrance into the store was gained by forcing open the front door, police said.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to call them at 301-791-4686 or call Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

Woman sought on probation violation

The Hagerstown Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding a woman wanted for violating probation on original charges of forgery and theft, Lt. Richard Johnson said in a news release.

Cynthia Michelle Linn, 28, whose last known address was 809C W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, is charged in a Washington County Circuit bench warrant issued July 7 with violation of probation, Johnson said.

The whereabouts of Linn, whom police describe as a white woman with brown hair and brown eyes, about 116 pounds and 5 feet 8 inches tall, are unknown, Johnson said.

Police ask anyone who has information on Linn's whereabouts to call the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700 ext. 234 or call Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

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