Police Briefs

August 08, 2005

Pursuit leads to arrest of W.Va. man

Reports of reckless driving eastbound on Interstate 70 Sunday afternoon led to a brief pursuit and the arrest of a driver for numerous violations, including possession of a stolen vehicle, Maryland State Police said.

Kurtis Alan Mills, 24, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was being held Sunday evening on $20,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, according to a spokesperson there.

Mills also was charged with possession of a stolen tag and a stolen wallet, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked license, negligent driving and unauthorized use and display of registration plates, police said.

After getting several calls about the reckless operation of a 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara in the area of Big Pool around 12:15 p.m., Trooper 1st Class Phillip Martin spotted a vehicle matching that description near Clear Spring.


Martin followed the vehicle and watched it travel from the fast lane to the shoulder to the slow lane and into the median. After attempting unsuccessfully to stop the vehicle, Martin was aided by Trooper 1st Class Christopher Barnard. The vehicle was stopped near Cedar Ridge Road, police said.

Martin's investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen from Martinsburg, W.Va. The wallet in the vehicle was stolen from a Martinsburg resident and the West Virginia tag also had been stolen, police said.

Drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle, police said.

Grass fire breaks out in Fairplay

FAIRPLAY - A 5-acre grass fire kept firefighters from five Washington County fire companies occupied for more than an hour Sunday afternoon.

Units from Fairplay, Williamsport, Sharpsburg, Boonsboro and Halfway responded to the 8900 block of Jordan Road about 3:30 p.m.

An ambulance from Williamsport was there to stand by but wasn't needed, fire officials said.

The rehab unit was dispatched to keep firefighters supplied with cool drinks during the firefighting effort.

Man says he was assaulted, robbed

A man walking in the 1000 block of Beechwood Drive early Sunday reported to Hagerstown City Police he was assaulted by three men, and robbed of $65 and his cell phone.

The victim told police he was walking at 3:55 a.m. Sunday when he was struck in the head from behind by a man he could only describe as white, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and wearing light clothing.

After giving the man his money and cell phone, the victim said two other men joined the first man and he was repeatedly assaulted before they all fled on foot.

The victim was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The investigation is continuing.

Armed robbery at Rutter's probed

QUINCY, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating an armed robbery that occurred Saturday morning at the Rutter's store at 7438 Anthony Highway.

Police said the holdup occurred at 2:33 a.m. when two men entered the store and demanded money from the cashier. A weapon was used in the robbery, but police did not say what kind.

No one was injured, police said.

One suspect was white and the other black, according to police, and both were dressed in black clothing. Anyone with information may call police at 717-264-5161.

Vehicle, property damage reported

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Several vehicles and other property in Antrim Township were damaged Saturday morning by vandals, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said three juveniles were being investigated for criminal mischief and theft in the incidents, which took place between midnight and 5:30 a.m. at residences on Sherwood, Robinhood and Wedgewood drives, and Drezden Circle.

Police said emblems and hood ornaments were removed from several vehicles and blue paint was poured on two vehicles. Another was pushed out of the owner's driveway and across the street, and had its rear windows smashed.

A fence and a basketball backboard also were damaged and a swimming pool was slashed, police said.

Tires cut in Pa.

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Sometime between Saturday and Sunday, the tires on a 2003 Chevrolet at 12444 Dickey Road were cut, Pennsylvania State Police said Sunday.

Charges filed in grave vandalism

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police last week charged two juveniles with institutional vandalism for damage caused in July to graves in the Cedar Grove Cemetery on North Franklin Street.

Police said the unidentified juveniles were charged with overturning or breaking several tombstones and with removing or destroying a number of flags placed on the graves of veterans. The vandalism occurred on the night of July 20, police said.

Charges against the juveniles were filed Wednesday, police said.

Man's accident injuries not serious

SHARPSBURG - A Hagerstown man escaped serious injury Sunday evening when his 1998 Ford Explorer ran off Harpers Ferry Road and overturned, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Howard Wesley McIntosh Jr., 59, of 17910 Hickory Lane, was taken to Washington County Hospital by Maryland State Police helicopter shortly after the 6 p.m. crash near the intersection with Millers Sawmill Road.

Deputy 1st Class Tracy Peyton said McIntosh lost control of his vehicle, crossed into the opposite lane and ran off the road. Harpers Ferry Road was closed during the investigation.

McIntosh's injuries were not life-threatening, Peyton said.

Peyton said speed was a factor in the accident.

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