Police briefs

March 10, 2006

Police seek help in finding woman

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in finding a woman wanted on a drug distribution charge, Sgt. Jim Cooper said.

A District Court arrest warrant has been issued for Michelle Lynn Zachodni, 30.

Zachodni is about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds, Cooper said in the release. She has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Her last address was on Hayes Avenue in Hagerstown, Cooper said.

He asks anyone with information on Zachodni's whereabouts to call the department's warrant unit at 240-313-2190.

If anyone knows Zachodni's immediate whereabouts, Cooper asks those people to call 301-791-3020.

Toddler found wandering in city

A 2-year-old boy wearing only a diaper was found by police Wednesday night wandering in the 600 block of Highland Way, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Jim Hurd said.

The boy was taken to police headquarters and turned over to the Department of Social Services, which placed him with a foster family, Hurd said.


About 3 1/2 hours after the boy was found, his mother called police to say that her child was missing, Hurd said.

Detective Shane Blankenship said the boy will remain with the foster family while the Department of Social Services investigates a neglect complaint.

Blankenship said the boy apparently walked out of his house unsupervised.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls:


  • 700 block of Cushman Ave., theft of a laptop computer and handgun, 6:26 a.m.


  • 11000 block of Lakeside Drive, breaking and entering, 6:08 p.m.

  • 2000 block of Maplewood Drive, theft of a cell phone and wallet from a vehicle, 10:34 p.m.

Police investigating burglary in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police were investigating a burglary Wednesday in which two men lured a couple outside their home while a third person stole cash and other items from inside.

The burglary in the 300 block of Philadelphia Avenue was reported at 2:19 p.m., police said. Two men went to the couple's home and lured them outside on the pretense of showing them where construction work was to be done in the alley behind the house, police said.

While the couple was outside, police said another man stole a large amount of cash and other belongings, police said.

During the burglary, the two men with the couple spoke into handheld radios, acting as though they were talking to someone about the construction work, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglary may call borough police at 717-264-4131.

Police: Driver crashes vehicle into house

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A vehicle struck a house and barn Tuesday afternoon in an accident on Cider Press Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Iveto Valdez Coronado, age and address unavailable, lost control of the vehicle on a curve and ran off the road, striking the front porch of the house and going through the yard before hitting the corner of the barn.

Police did not indicate whether Coronado was injured in the crash.

Woman, children avoid serious injuries

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a woman had minor injuries and two children were unhurt Wednesday morning when her vehicle rolled over several times before being struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81.

Police said Tabitha Mellott, 28, of Chambersburg, was driving a 1994 Mercury south near Exit 14 when she lost control of the vehicle at 7:35 a.m. Police said the Mercury went into the median and rolled over several times before going into the northbound lanes and being hit by a 1997 Freightliner driven by Alton Whittaker, 35, of Thomasville, N.C., police said.

Mellott was wearing a seat belt and her passengers, a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl, were in child safety seats.

Whittaker was uninjured, police said.

Man injures himself with circular saw

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County man was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after injuring himself with a circular saw Thursday evening, according to an Independent Volunteer Fire Co. member.

The unidentified 49-year-old man was doing work at his Old Cave Road home at about 6:30 p.m. when he cut himself on the arm, the member said. The man was flown to the hospital by helicopter, the member said.

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