Police briefs - afternoon

April 20, 2005

Rocks tossed at vehicles on I-81

After the drivers of several vehicles reported rocks were thrown at them late Tuesday on Interstate 81, Maryland State Police conducted a search of an adjacent wooded and residential area, but found no one, police said in a news release.

Police said truck drivers started calling the Hagers-town barrack at about 11 p.m. to report that someone was throwing rocks at vehicles traveling in the collection and distribution lane of southbound I-81 at Interstate 70. When a trooper responded to the scene, his patrol car was struck by a large rock. The trooper stopped the cruiser and ran to search but found no one.

Several troopers and Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies, assisted by K-9 units from the sheriff's department and the Hancock Police Department and a state police helicopter, searched the adjacent wooded and residential areas but found no one, police said.

Many rocks, some the size of softballs, were found lying on the road, police said.


Three tractor-trailers sustained significant damage from the rocks and several others were struck, but had no apparant damage. The state police cruiser had minor body damage. No one was injured, police said.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to call them at 301-739-2101.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

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

· At 5 p.m., coins and jewelry were reported stolen during a breaking and entering in the 17800 block of Virginia Avenue. The items were valued at $600.

· At 6 p.m., a breaking and entering in which $1,500 in cash was reportedly stolen was reported in the 5500 block of Amos Reeder Road.

· At 6:30 p.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 700 block of Boyd Street. No arrests were made.

· At 9 a.m., a Halfway Little League concession stand was reported broken into. About $1,000 in damage was reported.

· At 9:30 a.m., a window was reported broken on a 1996 Chrysler parked in the 23400 block of Whitetail Road. The window was valued at $200.

· At 12 p.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 13000 block of Edgemont Road. No arrests were made.

Moped found along U.S. 40 West

A moped that was found along U.S. 40 West of Md. 144 on Tuesday can be retrieved by its owner, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Police said the owner of the moped, upon showing proof of ownership, can get the moped by calling 301-739-2101.

Man charged with assault downtown

A Hagerstown man was arrested in connection with an assault downtown late Monday, according to court records.

Jason B. Physioc, 21, of 147 E. Franklin St., Apt. 3, was charged with second-degree assault in connection with an incident at the residence, records state.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleges Physioc shoved his wife, Raven Alexandra Physioc, to the ground and pulled her hair in front of a young child after several arguments Monday. Police said officers responded to a 911 call from the residence at just after 10:30 p.m.

Washington County District Judge Ralph France set bond for Physioc, who violated an active protective order, at $300,000 during a hearing Tuesday.

Physioc was being held at the Washington County Detention Center late Tuesday, a detention center spokesman said.

Condition of driver in crash improves

The condition of a motorist who was seriously injured in an April 14 crash in Leitersburg that left five others injured has been upgraded.

A University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center spokeswoman said Shawn M. Schneider was listed in serious condition late Tuesday. Schneider, 23, of Garnes Road in Mercersburg, Pa., was listed in critical condition last week.

Police said the crash was reported on Leitersburg Pike, north of Millers Church Road, at about 6:20 a.m. Police said a 1992 Ford Escort driven by Schneider crossed into oncoming southbound traffic. Police said the Escort and a 1996 Ford Windstar driven by Melissa Sue Coleman, 30, of West Fifth Street, Waynesboro, Pa., collided head-on.

Coleman and four family members were taken to area hospitals with injuries, police said. Her 3-year-old daughter, Jenna Brianne Coleman, was listed in critical condition following the crash at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, a spokeswoman said on April 14.

Hospital spokeswomen and police did not release information on her condition Tuesday

Pa. man charged after Tuesday crash

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a McConnellsburg, Pa., man was charged with driving under the influence following an accident Tuesday morning on Molly Pitcher Highway in Antrim Township.

Police said Frederick M. Vogt, 57, address unavailable, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier north at 12:52 a.m. when it ran off the road and struck a brick pillar on the property of Harry C. Oberholzer of 8943 Molly Pitcher Highway.

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