Police briefs

March 30, 2005

Woman rescued from car on flooded road

SCRABBLE, W.Va. - A woman whose car stalled on a flooded road Tuesday afternoon had to be rescued by volunteers with the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire Chief Tom Newcomb said he and another firefighter used ropes to reach the woman and take her to safety. Her Subaru stalled near the middle of a 300-foot expanse of water that had flooded an area of the 500 block of Scrabble Road, Newcomb said.

The woman told rescuers that she had safely driven through the water earlier in the day.

Signs warning that high water was present were in place, Newcomb said.

Newcomb estimated the water depth at 3 to 31/2 feet. He said it was moving swiftly.

Newcomb said the rescue was frustrating because other people tried to drive through the water as firefighters were rescuing the woman. One man's truck stalled in the water, but he crawled on his truck's hood and was able to somehow restart the engine, Newcomb said.


That driver then backed up and told firefighters that he should have heeded their warning, Newcomb said.

TVs stolen from local appliance store

Spicher's Appliances on Pennsylvania Avenue north of the Hagerstown was robbed of several LCD televisions and a wall-mounted flat screen plasma TV among other appliances early Tuesday in a "smash and grab" burglary, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

At 2:54 a.m., police learned that the glass front door of the store was smashed with a piece of concrete curbing, enabling the burglars to steal several LCD TVs, a flat screen plasma TV and other electronic equipment, police said.

The burglars were inside the store for less than five minutes, according to police.

Police said they have no description of the burglars or the vehicles they used.

A similar incident occurred at Thumpin Car Stereo on Virginia Avenue at about 1 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Knight said.

He said burglars entered the store by throwing a rock through the window and stole electronics equipment and navigation equipment. Knight said police did not have a description of the burglars or the vehicle.

Police ask anyone with information on the Spicher's burglary to call them at 301-739-2101.

Police ask anyone with information on the Thumpin Car Stereo burglary to call them at 301-791-3020.

County boy faces assault charges

A 13-year-old Washington County boy was charged with assault, several sex offense charges and second-degree rape in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl reported at 9:45 p.m. Monday, Washington County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Roy Harsh said.

The boy was being held at the Thomas B. Finan Center in Cumberland, Md. The girl was evaluated Monday night at Washington County Hospital, he said. Harsh said he had no further details.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

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

· At 12:30 p.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 11000 block of Youngstoun Drive. No arrests were made.

· At 2:30 p.m., an air ratchet was reported stolen from Blue and Gray Towing, at 11609 Hopewell Road.

· At 3 p.m., seven lawn mowers were reported damaged at Clear Spring Park. The damage was estimated at $40 each.

· At 11:30 p.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 100 block of East Main Street in Sharpsburg. No arrests were made.

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