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April 21, 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 Hagerstown 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 apparent 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 noon, alleged domestic violence was reported in the 13000 block of Edgemont Road. No arrests were made.

Moped found by police along U.S. 40

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.

Three men rob sub shop, police say

An armed robbery was reported at a Park Lane business Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release issued by the Hagerstown Police Department.

Police said the robbery was reported at 2:54 p.m. at Freddie's Subs, 520 Park Lane.

Police said three men entered the store and placed an order. Police said one of the men then showed a handgun and demanded money.

The men left with an undetermined amount of money, and no injuries were reported in the incident, according to police.

Police described the men, all of whom were wearing white T-shirts and dark jeans, as the following:

· A black man, about 18 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build. The man had a black handgun.

· A black man, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He had the word "academic" written on the left leg of his pants.

· A black man, about 18 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a red "ball cap."

Additional information on the incident, including the name of the victim, was not released Wednesday.

Police ask that anyone with information on the incident call the department at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

Police investigating thefts from cemetery

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of 10 bronze vases from memorial stones in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, 3218 Philadelphia Ave.

Police said the vases were attached to the memorials and were stolen from the cemetery between March 15 and Wednesday.

Arson damages Franklin Co. home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an arson that heavily damaged a Greene Township home Wednesday morning.

Police said they responded to a 3:57 a.m. fire at the home of Douglas E. Effland, 2374 Green St. The fire had been set by unknown means on the back porch of the two-story house and spread to the inside, police said.

Police said no one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

The Franklin Volunteer Fire Co. was assisted by units from Pleasant Hall, Pa., Shippensburg, Pa., and Fayetteville, Pa., police said.

Electronic equipment stolen

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said an undetermined amount of automobile electronics equipment was stolen Wednesday morning from Blazin Auto, 855 Buchanan Trail East.

Police said the burglary was reported at 5:15 a.m. A large rock had been thrown through the front window of the store to gain entry, police said.

Pennsylvania State Police investigating burglary

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary at a Southampton Township home in which a .38-caliber handgun was stolen.

Police said the burglary at the home on Pinola Road took place in a period of about five days before it was reported Wednesday morning.

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