Police Briefs

March 17, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Vehicle believed involved in abduction try spotted again

Maryland State Police said a car believed to be involved in a suspicious incident in Sharpsburg on Monday was spotted for the second straight day.

Police said a student reported seeing a car, possibly a red Toyota Avalon, in the area of a Sharpsburg school on Tuesday. Police said it was similar to a car reportedly seen in an incident Monday in which a motorist asked two elementary school students to get into his car at about 2:15 p.m.

That incident occurred on Porterstown Road and the car was described as a bright red, four-door, newer-model car with shiny wheels, a loud exhaust and duct tape over the passenger-side window opening.

Washington County Board of Education spokeswoman Carol Mowen said the car was reportedly seen near Sharpsburg Elementary School on Monday and Tuesday. Mowen released no additional information on the incident late Tuesday.


Mowen said Sharpsburg Elementary Principal Carl Stark sent a letter to parents' homes to let them know of the original incident and to ask them to report any suspicious activity in the area to authorities.

--Brian Shappell

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls since Tuesday, Sgt. Mark Knight said:


  • At 6 a.m., $500 was reported stolen from a money box at Rankin's Used Golf Carts, at 16827 National Pike.

On Tuesday:

  • At 5 p.m., an 18-inch gargoyle lawn ornament, valued at $55, was reported stolen from the 13000 block of Resh Road.

  • At 5 p.m., wedding bands, valued at $2,000, were reported stolen from the 11300 block of Greenberry Road.

  • At 6:30 p.m., a rear window to a Chevrolet Cavalier was reported damaged in the 17400 block of Gay Street. There was no damage estimate listed.

  • At 7:30 p.m., a tire to a pickup truck parked at Boonsboro High School was reported slashed. No damage estimate was listed.

  • At 8 p.m., alleged domestic violence was reported at Washington Court in Smithsburg. No arrests were made.

  • At 8 a.m., tires were reported slashed on a 2005 Hyundai parked in the 16000 block of Wishard Road. Damage was estimated at $100.

Fire reported near Sharpsburg

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said a house fire was reported Tuesday at 10 p.m. at 5611 Mount Briar Road near Sharpsburg.

No one was hurt in the blaze, the dispatcher said.

Fire companies from Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Fairplay and Jefferson County responded to the scene, he said.

Pa. man faces molestation charge

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A 30-year-old Mercersburg man was being held on $250,000 bond in Franklin County Prison Tuesday following his arrest Friday on child-molestation charges, Mercersburg Police Chief Larry Thomas said Tuesday.

David Wayne Cooper, no address available, was charged with molesting a 4-year-old girl, Thomas said.

Cooper was apprehended without incident when Mercersburg Patrolman James Bradley observed his vehicle on Pa. 416 shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, Thomas said.

Cooper was arraigned before Magistrate District Judge David Hawbaker following his arrest.

Girl struck by car in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 13-year-old girl ran from the sidewalk onto Randolph Street Tuesday afternoon, running into the side of a passing car, according to police.

Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman Chuck Kittle said the girl was not seriously hurt. He said he was able to talk to her after she was taken by ambulance to City Hospital.

Kittle said that at around 5:10 p.m. the girl and another friend, also 13, were playing on the sidewalk on Randolph Street, when the girl ran into the street. Kittle said he did not know why she ran into the street.

Several witnesses said she ran in front of a parked van first, meaning the driver of the car could not see her, Kittle said.

She was not run over or hit by the car, he said.

The driver was not charged.

The accident happened in front of 312 Randolph St., Kittle said.

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