Police briefs

March 17, 2005

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.

Ã?oeTuesday:Ã?oen At 5 p.m., an 18-inch gargoyle lawn ornament, valued at $55, was reported stolen from 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.


d· At 7:30 p.m., a tire to a pickup truck parked at Boonsboro High School was reported slashed.

· 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.

Woman hurt in Franklin Co. crash

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A St. Thomas, Pa., woman sustained what Pennsylvania State Police described as moderate injuries in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday on the 3600 block of Black Gap Road in Greene Township.

Police said Susan McCarl, age and address unavailable, was trying to turn south onto Black Gap Road at 12:20 p.m. when her 2002 Chrysler Town and Country collided with a northbound 2002 Chevrolet Tracker driven by Richard Beam of Pleasant Hall, Pa.

Beam was not injured, police said.

Cell phone, coins stolen in Pa. burglary

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a residential burglary Sunday on Rosenberry Drive in Peters Township.

Police said the house was broken into between 4 and 9 p.m. and a cell phone and $200 in coins were stolen.

Condition of burned man improves

The condition of a man who was badly burned in a Feb. 26 fire at a Hagerstown hotel has been upgraded at a Baltimore facility.

A spokeswoman at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center said Stephen Ropelewski was listed in guarded, serious condition Wednesday evening. She said his condition was upgraded from critical this week, but would not specify what day.

Ropelewski sustained the burns in a fire at the Dagmar Hotel, where he lived.

Lead investigator Richard L. Miller, a city assistant fire marshal, has said the fire started on the bedding inside Ropelewski's room but did not release an exact cause.

Miller said Ropelewski had undergone multiple surgical procedures.

Free smoke alarms available in city

The Hagerstown Fire Department is offering free smoke alarms to city residents who are deaf or hard of hearing, according to the department.

The department said the alarms not only feature a loud warning sound but also a strobe light to provide a visual alert.

Information for applying for the smoke alarms can be obtained by contacting department Public Educator Mike Weller at 301-739-8577, ext. 115, or at

Child safety seat checkpoint slated

HALFWAY - Maryland State Police, with the assistance of the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department, will conduct a child safety seat checkpoint Friday at the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, state police said.

State police said the checkpoint, which will be held rain or shine, is to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The checkpoint is designed to educate the public on the proper use and installation of the safety seats, police said.

Cash, rare coins stolen in Pa. burglary

STATE LINE, Pa. - An undetermined amount of cash, coins and rare coins were stolen in a residential burglary that occurred Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the back door of the house on the 600 block of Redwood Drive in Antrim Township was forced open between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.

Hagerstown woman's car is stolen in Pa.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Hagerstown woman's car was stolen Wednesday morning while parked in Antrim Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The 2002 Subaru Impreza of Beth Hoover, 44, was stolen from 152 Hykes Road between midnight and 7:30 a.m., police said. The car was unlocked and had a spare set of keys inside, police said.

Pa. man hit in face with bat, punched

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man was hit with a baseball bat and punched in a confrontation with two other people Tuesday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Cody Auginbaugh, 19, got into an argument with two unknown people at about 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Pa. 233 and South Mountain Road in Quincy Township, police said. One threw a baseball bat that hit him in the face and the other struck him in the face before the two fled in a light blue Honda, police said.

Masked man thwarted in burglary attempt

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an attempted burglary Tuesday morning at a Coral Ridge Road home in Greene Township.

Police said a masked man tried to open the locked door of the house at 7:30 a.m., but a juvenile inside spotted the man, who then ran into the woods behind the house.

The man was wearing a black ski mask, black leather jacket, blue jeans and camouflaged bib overalls, police said. He was carrying a crowbar, police said.

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