Police briefs

May 17, 2006

Driver, passenger in police chase charged

SMITHSBURG - Washington County Sheriff's deputies charged the driver of a vehicle they followed on a high-speed pursuit Monday night and one of his passengers with vehicle theft.

Anthony Alfredo Saltamacchia, 23, of 81 W. Main St. in Waynesboro, Pa., was charged with motor vehicle theft, theft, negligent driving, reckless driving, and fleeing and eluding police, deputies said.

His passenger, Summer Chantel Robinson, 22, of 116 E. North St. in Waynesboro, was charged with theft and motor vehicle theft, police said.

There were two female juvenile passengers in the vehicle, police said.

The vehicle Saltamacchia was driving, a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, was reported stolen from an Edinburg, Pa., resident, police said.

Waynesboro Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but Saltamacchia allegedly did not stop and drove into Washington County. He led deputies into Smithsburg, where he lost control and crashed the vehicle into a guardrail at Md. 64 and Md. 491, police said.


All four occupants were injured in the crash and taken to Washington County Hospital. The juveniles were released to their parents' custody, police said.

Saltamacchia and Robinson had been released from the hospital by late Tuesday, police said.

Police respond to assault, theft calls

Hagerstown Police responded to the following incidents, according to Sgt. Paul Kifer:


  • 900 block of Saint Clair Street, attempted robbery and second-degree assault.


    • 100 block of East Washington Street, domestic incident.

    • 700 block of Spruce Street, theft.

    • Unit block of Jonathan Street, theft.

    • 1000 block of Corbett Street, possible sexual assault.

    Cash stolen from Quincy, Pa., hotel

    QUINCY, Pa. - About $1,100 in cash and other items was stolen from South Mountain Hotel in Quincy between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

    Police said someone entered the hotel at 10479 Dixon Road, and removed the money and other items.

    Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 717-264-5161.

    Man injured in crash

    ST. THOMAS, Pa. - One man was injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning on U.S. 30, Pennsylvania State Police said.

    A 1991 International truck tractor pulled out of the EC Barnes Inc. parking lot onto U.S. 30 west and into the path of another vehicle about 10:30 a.m., police said. Gary Comfort, 52, of Chambersburg, Pa., was driving the truck.

    Harold Lynch, 48, of Fort Loudon, Pa., was driving the other vehicle, a 1995 Dodge truck, east on U.S. 30, police said.

    Comfort was uninjured. Police said Lynch had minor injuries and was taken to Chambersburg Hospital.

    Two men face drug charges

    Acting on a tip, the Hagerstown Police Department Street Crimes Unit followed two men suspected of drug activity Thursday and arrested them on drug charges when the men allegedly dropped drugs when police approached them, Sgt. Jim Robison said in a written release.

    Charles Leonard Smith, 24, of 7831 Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

    Archie Wayne Miller, 27, of 40 S. Mulberry St., was charged with possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, the release states.

    Police in the Street Crimes Unit were told the men would be driving around in a red Chevrolet Z24 in the area of the 200 block of West Franklin Street at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Robison wrote.

    Police found the car, conducted surveillance and then watched the men go to the area of Walnut Lane and West Franklin Street to pick up another man, the release states.

    When the men got out of the car, members of the Street Crimes Unit approached them, but Miller ran and allegedly reached into his pocket "and threw suspected crack cocaine to the ground," Robison wrote.

    Smith allegedly threw down a cigarette box, which detectives discovered contained three plastic bags of crack cocaine, according to the release.

    Firearms stolen from Boonsboro home

    Two firearms were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Potomac Street in Boonsboro on Monday, Washington County Sheriff's Department Lt. Mark Knight said.

    The firearms were reported stolen at about 6 p.m., he said. A camper also was reported damaged, he said. The damage to the camper was estimated at $300. Total losses and damages were estimated at $2,000.

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