Police briefs

April 22, 2005

Two face charges in rock throwing

A Pennsylvania man and a Hagerstown teen have been charged in a rock-throwing incident Tuesday, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Jerry L. Higginbotham Jr., 18, of Fairfield, Pa., and a 14-year-old city resident, whose identity was not released, were each charged Thursday with three counts of malicious destruction of property greater than $500 and one count of reckless endangerment, according to state police.

Police said truck drivers started calling the Hagerstown barrack at about 11 p.m. to report that someone was throwing rocks at vehicles traveling on southbound I-81 at Interstate 70. When a trooper responded to the scene, his patrol car was struck as well.

Police said three tractor-trailers sustained significant damage from the rocks, and the state police cruiser had minor body damage. No injuries were reported, police said


Police: Speed a factor in fatal crash

WOODSBORO, Md. - The Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff's Department said speed was a factor in an April 12 crash on Hoffman Seachrist Road that left a Walkersville, Md., teen dead.

David C. Ford, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene of last week's crash, just south of Md. 550, according to deputies. Deputies said Ford's northbound 1994 Chevrolet Camaro crossed the center line of Hoffman Seachrist Road, and Ford lost control of the vehicle while trying to avoid a crash with a southbound Chevrolet pickup truck.

Deputies said the Camaro traveled off the road, down an embankment and struck a tree before catching fire. Two other Walkersville teens were in the vehicle at the time of the crash, police said. Their identities were not released by Thursday.

Deputies ask that the driver of the truck, who was "not at fault" in the crash, contact investigators at 301-631-3676. Deputies said his information is pertinent to the investigation.

Frederick police seek help in crash

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department is seeking information in a hit-and-run crash early Thursday, according to a department news release.

Police said a 43-year-old man was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Taney Avenue and Heather Ridge Drive just before 12:40 a.m. Police said the vehicle that struck him appeared to be a red Chevrolet Blazer or Ford Bronco with a white top.

The victim, whose name was not released, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of pelvis injuries.

Police ask that anyone with information on the incident call 301-694-2100.

Man attempts to rob restaurant

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police are looking for the public's help in an attempted robbery which occurred Wednesday night at a KFC restaurant at 545 E. Washington St.

Charles Town Police Department officers were called to the restaurant at 9:27 p.m. after a man entered the business and demanded money, Detective Cpl. Chris Kutcher said.

An employee who was in the lobby cleaning initially approached the man and asked him what he needed, Kutcher said.

The man showed a weapon and told the worker to open a cash drawer, Kutcher said.

The employee went to the rear of the store and another employee came out, Kutcher said.

The man told that employee that he wanted money but did not want to hurt anyone, Kutcher said.

The employee went to the rear of the store and called 911, Kutcher said.

When the employee returned to the lobby, the man was gone, Kutcher said.

Kutcher declined to describe the weapon the man used.

The man was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds and between 45 and 50 years old.

The man had slicked-back brown hair and was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses, Kutcher said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call the department's criminal investigation department at 304-725-2714.

Equipment stolen from Pa. business

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.

Handgun reported stolen from Pa. home

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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