Police briefs

November 12, 2004

Two face charges in botched robbery

Two men have been charged in an August botched burglary in Hagerstown that resulted in a dog being shot.

Desmond Herbert, 19, a prisoner at the Washington County Detention Center, and Timothy Lee Butler, 28, whose last known address was 46 Summit Ave., in Hagerstown, were each charged with first- and second-degree assault, first- and third-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Police said Herbert also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a weapon in the commission of a crime.

Police said shots were fired inside 43 Alexander St. on Aug. 22, and a Rottweiler was shot in the chest, apparently while trying to protect a woman and two children in the house.


The incident was believed to be the result of a botched burglary attempt, police have said.

Police said the dog, which survived the shooting, was treated at the Park Circle Animal Hospital in Hagerstown.

Herbert and Butler were being held Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center without bail, a detention center spokesman said.

Herbert already was being held at the jail on charges that he pistol-whipped a woman at a North Locust Street residence last month.

Charges against Herbert that included first and second-degree assault were forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court following a Tuesday District Court hearing, court records state.

Man reportedly exposes himself

FREDERICK, Md. - Authorities were investigating reports that a man exposed himself late Wednesday in a video store parking lot, the Frederick Police Department said.

Police said a man approached a vehicle at the Blockbuster Video on West Patrick Street and tapped on the window of a woman's car with an exposed portion of his body.

Police said the man sought in connection with the indecent exposure incident is a white man, about 6 feet tall, who was wearing a blue and white floppy hat, dark shirt and blue jeans.

Smash-and-grab burglary reported

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating another smash-and-grab burglary, this one Tuesday morning at Miller's Sunoco, 1027 Lincoln Way East.

Police said the font door glass of the business was smashed between 1:30 and 4:30 a.m. and the cash register, containing an undetermined amount of money, was stolen, police said.

About 10 other similar burglaries at Franklin County stores have been committed since late October, according to police reports. Anyone with information can call police at 264-5161.

Two suffer injuries in Pa. 16 crash

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Two people sustained minor injuries Wednesday in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Hollowell Church Road in Antrim Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said Pamela Barnhart of Mont Alto, Pa., was driving west at 5:01 p.m. when her 2001 Dodge Stratus struck the rear of a 1991 Ford Thunderbird driven by Arturo Fuentes of Waynesboro, Pa. Police said Fuentes had stopped to make a left turn.

Barnhart and a passenger, Dakota Barnhart, ages unavailable, were treated at Waynesboro Hospital, police said.

Police ask for help in laptop sale scheme

A Washington County Sheriff's Department investigator is asking anyone who may have answered a classified advertisement for the sale of a $300 laptop computer published in The Herald-Mail from Nov. 4 through Nov. 9 to call the sheriff's department.

Investigator Greg Alton said Thursday that two people have lost money after calling the person who placed the advertisement.

"Apparently when people call him he's telling them to wire the money and they're not getting the computer," Alton said.

The advertisement, which is no longer running in the newspapers, was listed in the following manner: "Sony Laptop V505 Series. New. Still in box, $300; Pentium M processor, DVD, CD-ROM, Win. XP, Intel Centrino, Intel pro wireless network." The ad then listed a phone number, the first three digits of which were 410.

"We have a name of who took out the ad, but I can't say that's him yet," Alton said, adding that identity theft might be involved in the fraud.

Alton asked that anyone who might have been a victim of the fraudulent advertisement call him at 240-313-2185.

Breaking and entering reported in county

Three breakings and enterings, including two on Garretts Mill Road, were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday.

The two breakings and enterings in the 19600 block of Garretts Mill Road south of Yarrowsburg in southern Washington County were reported at 6 p.m., Sgt. Mark Knight said.

At one home, the door was kicked in and $270 in quarters, $50 in single dollar bills and an Olympia digital camera were taken, Knight said.

At the other home, the front door was damaged, but nothing was reported taken, he said.

Police received a report at 5 p.m. that a home in the 11400 block of Hopewell Road was broken into and entered. Items were reported missing, but no details were available, Knight said.

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