Police briefs

March 25, 2005

Tractor-trailer driver charged in crash

LEITERSBURG - A Washington County man was charged Thursday in connection with an alleged drunken driving crash, Maryland State Police said.

Dwayne T. Caricofe, 38, of 13515 Halifax Drive, was charged with negligent driving and driving under the influence, police said.

Police said witnesses reported Thursday that a tractor-trailer was being driven erratically in the Leitersburg area. At about 6:18 p.m., the tractor- trailer reportedly crashed into a guardrail and came to rest in a farm field on Ringgold Pike, near Breezy Acres Road.

Police allege Caricofe, who was driving a truck owned by New England Motor Freight, had been drinking prior to the crash.

The impact ruptured a fuel tank, and fuel leaked into a drainage ditch on the property, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Girl injured in crash on Md. 75

FREDERICK, Md. - A girl was seriously injured Thursday morning in a crash on Md. 75, Maryland State Police said.


Police said a crash involving a minivan and a tractor-trailer was reported at about 7:10 a.m.

Police said a Dodge Caravan, being driven by a juvenile whose identity was not released, crossed the center line and collided with a southbound tractor-trailer.

The girl was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of "serious injuries," according to police. Her condition was not released by authorities.

No charges were filed in the incident Thursday.

Three youths face destruction charges

Three Smithsburg boys were charged Wednesday with throwing rocks at passing vehicles in the town on Monday night, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Police said the boys, ages 9, 10 and 11, were charged with malicious destruction of property. The were released to their parents pending action by the Department of Juvenile Services, police said.

Police said they got a call at about 6:30 p.m. Monday telling them that boys were throwing rocks from a hiding place behind a railroad bridge abutment at vehicles passing by on Md. 64. The boys would throw the rocks and then run, only to return and repeat their actions, police said.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

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

· At 7:30 a.m., a cell phone was reported stolen in the 18600 block of Northhaven Street. No value was listed.

· At 8:30 a.m., fishing equipment was reported stolen in the 100 block of East Main Street in Sharpsburg. The equipment was valued at $500.

· At 10 a.m., a CD player was reported stolen out of a 1988 Honda CRX parked in the 11300 block of Youngstoun Drive. No value was listed.

Police seek man in abduction attempt

The Hagerstown Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding a man they believe attempted to abduct two juveniles March 13 in the area of North Locust Street and Randolph Avenue.

Police said on Sunday, March 13, at about 5:45 p.m., two juveniles, ages 7 and 8, were at a vending machine at the intersection of North Locust Street and Randolph Avenue when a vehicle pulled onto Randolph and stopped. The driver of the vehicle got out and popped his trunk, walked over to the youths and attempted to grab one of the children, but that child broke free.

The man is described as a light-skinned male, possible mixed nationality, between 40 years old and 50 years old and balding, police said.

Police developed a composite sketch of the man by interviewing the children separately, according to the written release.

The vehicle is described as an older model blue four-door vehicle with numerous scratches. It had damage to the left side rear door, police said.

Police ask anyone with information on either the man or his vehicle to call Detective Christopher Kayser at 301-790-3700 ext. 244.

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