Police briefs for 11-30

November 30, 2005

W.Va. man charged with court disruption

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A West Virginia man was charged Tuesday with disrupting a governmental process stemming from an incident during a court hearing Oct. 31, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Darby Allyn Ridenour Sr. of Kearneysville, W.Va., allegedly assaulted a man during Circuit Court proceedings, police said.

A bailiff allegedly saw Ridenour with his hands on the neck of another man, and Ridenour was escorted from the courtroom, police said.

Ridenour was released Tuesday on $2,500 bail after turning himself in to police, police said.

Student pulls fire alarm at Catoctin

THURMONT, Md. - A student was referred to Frederick County Juvenile Justice authorities Monday after intentionally activating a fire alarm at Catoctin High School, the Maryland State Fire Marshal said.

The alarm was pulled near the entrance to the building, at 14745 Sabillasville Road in Thurmont, the fire marshal said.

There was no damage, and the fire department did not respond, the fire marshal said.


Police seek woman in attempted theft

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Department is searching for a woman who attempted to steal $700 in merchandise on Monday from Kohl's Department Store at 7350 Guilford Drive in Frederick, police said.

The store's loss prevention employees saw a woman leave Kohl's about 9:30 a.m. with children's clothing and toys that she had not paid for, police said. When she was approached by personnel, the woman fled the store.

The woman is described as Hispanic and in her mid-20s, 5 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 3 inches tall with a thin build and dark brown hair, police said. She was wearing a gray sweat shirt and a white T-shirt with gray sweat pants. Her pants had the words "bling bling" across the back, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident may call Deputy 1st Class Jennifer Skelley at 301-644-4017.

Two men grab cash and flee from store

SMITHSBURG - The AC&T on Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg was robbed Tuesday morning by two men who started to pay for a Pepsi before grabbing money from the store's cash register, according to a written release from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

A clerk, who was pushed to the floor during the robbery, was not injured in the incident, the release states.

Police said that the men walked into the store at 2:25 a.m. One of the men started to pay for a Pepsi, but as the clerk started to open the cash register, the other man pushed her to the floor. The men grabbed an unknown amount of money from the cash register, left the store and took off in a gray four-door Oldsmobile, police said.

Anyone with information on the robbery may call the Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

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