Police briefs

November 09, 2004

Brush fire keeps firefighters busy

SMITHSBURG - Firefighters worked for nearly two hours to extinguish a spreading brush fire northeast of Smithsburg on Monday, the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co., said.

The company said a brush fire grew to about half an acre as a result of windy conditions Monday. The fire was reported at about 2 p.m. near Edgemont and Frazier roads, according to the company.

About 35 firefighters responded to the call, the department said.

No injuries were reported.

County man charged with stealing van

A Washington County man has been charged in connection with a vehicle theft, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Tony M. Cooper Jr., 31, of 17423 Fair Oaks Court near Hagerstown, was charged with motor vehicle theft, according to deputies.


Deputies allege Cooper took a 1986 Chevrolet van that belongs to George W. Bumbaugh Sr., who is his girlfriend's father, without permission on Saturday evening. Deputies were in the area investigating an unrelated incident when they discovered the vehicle had been taken.

Deputies respond to weekend calls

The following incidents were reported this weekend to the Washington County Sheriff's Department:

· A white wicker table valued at $50 was reported stolen at 7:30 p.m. Friday from a home in the 11900 block of Peacock Trail in the Robinwood area.

· Log splitters were reported stolen Saturday from the 2000 block of Reed Road near Yarrowsburg in southern Washington County.

· Approximately $2,500 in damage to a building at the old Washington County landfill on Resh Road west of Hagerstown was reported at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The driver's side door of a 2001 Chevy Cavalier was reported keyed, scratched from the front to back, at Valley Mall at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

· A compact disc player was reported stolen from a Jeep Wrangler in the Sears parking lot at Valley Mall at 9 p.m. Saturday.

· Generators valued at approximately $1,000 were reported stolen at 7 a.m. Monday from a job site on Woodbridge Drive.

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