Police briefs

February 25, 2005

Police investigating thefts from vehicles

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating thefts from several vehicles on Burkett Road in Antrim and Montgomery townships that occurred between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Police said tools were stolen from a truck belonging to Clay Trace Construction of Greencastle prior to 10 a.m. Wednesday while the truck was parked at 10855 Burkett Road. Items valued at about $950 were stolen between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday from an unlocked vehicle belonging to Kathleen Shockey of 10782 Burkett Road, police said.

Between 6 p.m. and 9:30 a.m., items worth $660 were stolen from an unlocked 1989 Chevy Blazer belonging to Matthew E. Marquiss of 10586 Burkett Road, police said.

Man charged with shooting off fireworks

SMITHSBURG - A Smithsburg man was charged with discharging fireworks without a permit after Smithsburg Police found a man igniting fireworks and throwing them out of his residential window Tuesday at about 11 p.m., the Smithsburg Police Department said in a news release.


Ryan Andrew Hartley, 20, of 1 E. Water St., Apt. 11, in Smithsburg, also was charged with disturbance of peace, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcoholic beverages while being under 21 years of age, police said.

Illegal fireworks were found in the residence, police said.

Hartley was released on personal recognizance, police said.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following incidents on Wednesday:

· At 9:30 a.m., two tires on a 2004 Chevy Avalanche were reported damaged at 9:30 a.m. in the 12000 block of Belvedere Road off Jefferson Boulevard east of Hagerstown. Damage was estimated at $300.

· A commercial snowblower was reported stolen at 10 a.m. from a vacant farmhouse on Jefferson Boulevard.

· A concrete mixer, a dolly and an auger were reported stolen at 11 a.m. from Mack Trucks Inc., 13302 Pennsylvania Ave.

Hood College student found dead in dorm

FREDERICK, Md. - A Hood College student was found dead Wednesday in her dorm room, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Police said the death of Rebecca Jean Sullivan, 21, of New Jersey, appeared to be accidental and no foul play has been found during the preliminary investigation.

Lt. Thomas Chase said findings by the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner were not released Thursday.

Hagerstown police respond to calls

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls this week, according to Sgt. Paul Kifer:


· At 10:14 a.m., Robert Joseph Zellner, 18, was arrested in the 600 block of Maryland Avenue and charged with possession of and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

· At 10:48 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the first block of Elizabeth Street. A description of the vehicle was not released.


· At 1:16 a.m., Sarah Elizabeth Kauffman, 30, was arrested in the area of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue and charged with driving under the influence.

· At 12:15 p.m., a knife reportedly was found in a flower bed in Public Square.

City police look for missing teen, 17

The Hagerstown Police Department was searching for a teen who was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Jamie Boutcher, 17, was last seen early Monday. The report was made from 530 W. Howard St., police said.

Boutcher is described as a white female, 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with red hair, blue eyes and tattoos on both arms.

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