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Police briefs

November 30, 2004

Inmate fails to return from work release


An inmate at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown was being considered a "walk off" after he failed to return from his work-release assignment Monday, said Capt. Priscilla Doggett, Maryland Division of Correction spokeswoman.

Doggett said Michael Sampson, 22, whose last known address was in West Virginia, failed to report back to the state prison Monday evening. Doggett said Sampson was last seen in the area of Garland Groh Boulevard, west of Hagerstown, near his place of employment.

Doggett would not release the name of his employer.

If charged and convicted on an escape offense, Sampson could receive a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, Doggett said. She said he was serving a sentence of more than 3 years on a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and was to be released in October 2005.

Doggett described Sampson as a black man, about 6 feet 2 inches and weighing about 176 pounds.

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Parked cars are shot with handgun


HALFWAY - Three cars in a Halfway neighborhood off Virginia Avenue were reportedly shot with a handgun early Monday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies said two Greenmount Avenue residents and one Lexington Avenue resident reported that their vehicles - a 2001 Toyota Echo, a 2003 Chevrolet van and a 2001 Ford van - had been shot. Deputies said the shots were fired from a handgun.

Area residents told investigators they heard three to five shots fired at about 4:45 a.m. Monday, according to deputies.

Deputies said that, during a patrol to find other damaged vehicles, a department police cruiser in the area was found to be "egged." Deputies said broken eggs also were found in the area in which two of the three cars were shot.

Deputies ask that anyone with information call 301-791-3020.




Man burned while trying to start a fire


BOONSBORO - An 18-year-old man's face and hands were burned when gasoline being used to start a fire ignited Monday, a Washington County 911 Center spokesman said.

The spokesman said the incident was reported in the 2500 block of Rohrersville Road at about 2:47 p.m.

The man, whose identity was not released, sustained second-degree burns while trying to use gasoline to start a fire, the spokesman said.




Police: Two people hurt in Pa. accident


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Kohler Road in Greene Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said Virginia E. Myers, 75, of Chambersburg, was driving north near the Walker Road intersection at 12:55 p.m. when she became distracted while looking at the dashboard clock. The 1999 Dodge Stratus went off the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over several times into a field, police said.

Police said Myers had minor injuries. An unidentified 5-year-old passenger in a safety seat also was injured, police said. An 8-year-old passenger was unhurt, police said. Their conditions were not available Monday night.

The accident knocked down power lines, causing a small brush fire, police said.

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