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Police briefs - afternoon

June 14, 2005

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, 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 in 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 in the 200 block of Potomac Avenue in Boonsboro about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. No one was arrested.

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· The sheriff's office responded to a report of domestic violence in 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 in 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 boy was taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

Coroner: Man died of natural causes


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Quincy Township man whose body was discovered Monday afternoon off Staley Road died of natural causes, according to Franklin County Deputy Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer.

The body of Eugene F. Bakner, 84, of 8315 Tomstown Road, was discovered by Pennsylvania Forestry Department of Conservation and Natural Resources personnel at about 2:15 p.m. Peiffer said the body was discovered a short time after Bakner died.

Bakner had gone to a spring off Staley Road to get water, Peiffer said. The road goes through Michaux State Forest.

There will be no autopsy, Peiffer said.

W.Va. man charged in hunting incident


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man was charged Saturday with negligent shooting of a person, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Gary C. Riley, 22, of 62 Forrestview, also was charged with shooting at game not plainly visible, records state.

Riley was hunting turkey on a farm off Border and Leetown roads on April 26 when he heard what he thought was a turkey calling from the direction of an old logging road, court records state.

Riley, who was using a 12-gauge shotgun, looked through the brush and fired one shot. Riley heard a person saying he had been shot, records state.

Riley ran to the victim, Jerry Wayne Hipp, and asked Hipp if he needed to be taken to a hospital or a nearby farmhouse, records state. Hipp, who was hit by pellets, told Riley he would be OK, according to court records.

Negligent shooting of a person carries a possible fine of $1,000 to $10,000 and/or up to a year in jail.

Shooting at game not plainly visible carries a possible fine of $100 to $500 and a jail term of 10 days to 100 days.

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