Police briefs - afternoon

June 13, 2005

Fire damages trailer in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE - A Sunday morning fire caused about $15,000 in structural damage to a trailer in Knoxville, according to a Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office news release.

Fire marshals said the fire reportedly occurred overnight in the 2000 block of Hoffmaster Road but was not reported until about 9 a.m. The trailer, owned by Charles Thompson and occupied by John and Renee Ashbaugh, and its contents were destroyed, fire marshals said.

Fire marshals said the Ashbaughs were not home at the time of the fire, and the cause of it was under investigation Sunday.

Anyone with information on the incident may contact fire marshals at 301-791-4758.

Break-in, vandalism reported in county

The following incidents were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Office over the weekend:

· About $500 in damage was reported to the front door of Downsville General Store on 8638 Downsville Pike about 5 a.m. Sunday. According to the sheriff's office, the damage appeared to be the result of an attempted break-in.


· Damage to a pool on the 300 block of Pangborn Boulevard was reported at about 7 p.m. Saturday. The side of the pool had been punctured, police said.

· The sheriff's office responded to a report of domestic violence on the 200 block of Potomac Avenue in Boonsboro about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. No one was arrested.

· The sheriff's office responded to a report of domestic violence on the 18,000 block of Mansfield Road about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. No one was arrested.

Frederick teen charged in assault

FREDERICK, Md. - A 16-year-old boy was charged with first- and second-degree assault after an altercation about 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the 200 block of West Second Street in Frederick.

According to police, the boy allegedly tried to strike his mother's boyfriend before removing a folding knife from his pocket and lunging at the victim several times, missing him.

The 16-year-old was taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

Items stolen from shed in Greencastle

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An air compressor was among the items stolen from a shed behind a home in the 2300 block of Buchanan Trail West, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the theft was reported at 11:40 a.m. Friday. Several clamps and pieces of aluminum also were stolen, police said.

Hot Dog Hut's safe is reported stolen

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police are looking for the public's help in collecting information about the theft of a safe from a local business Sunday morning.

Police said the Hot Dog Hut at 299 Medical Court was broken into about 2:25 a.m. when an object - possibly a tire iron - was used to break a window in the front of the business, Cpl. D.W. Ruppenthal of the Martinsburg Police Department said.

A small safe containing an undisclosed amount of money was stolen, Ruppenthal said.

The Hot Dog Hut is behind a small shopping center off Rock Cliff Drive.

Anyone with information about the theft may contact Patrolman William Parks at 304-264-2100.

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