Police briefs

May 22, 2006

Police: Youths paint school sign in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four Greencastle, Pa., youths and a Waynesboro, Pa., 16-year-old are accused of spray painting the sign at the entrance of James Buchanan Middle School.

According to the Chambersburg barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police, the five boys, ages 15 and 16, painted graffiti on a sign at the Tuscarora School District building at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Two charged in prostitution sting

FREDERICK, Md. - Two males, including a 16-year-old from Frederick, were arrested after they allegedly solicited an undercover female Frederick Police Department officer posing as a prostitute.

James Lawrence Claggett, 59, of 4912 McCall St., Rockville, Md., was charged with solicitation for prostitution in the sting, which was conducted at 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of the 700 block of North Market Street, according to police.


Van stolen from Pa. church recovered

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A van stolen from a church parking lot was recovered and returned to its owner, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The van was taken sometime Thursday from Calvary Independent Baptist Church in McConnellsburg. The investigation was continuing, according to a police news release.

Police seek information on dumped tires in Pa.

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - An 81-year-old Ft. Littleton, Pa., woman is accused of dumping 66 tires in two separate incidents in the same area in Fulton County, according to the McConnellsburg barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police.

The area is on Log Cabin Road about a quarter-mile south of Sheepskin Hollow Road in Fulton County, the police said.

Anyone with information about the incidents, which occurred separately Thursday and between May 13 and 15, is asked to call the barrack at 717-485-3131 or Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771.

Man falls out of Jeep in Pa. accident

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man was seriously injured Saturday night when he was reaching for something on the floor of a Jeep Wrangler and fell out of the vehicle Pennsylvania State Police said.

Christopher S. Straley of Greencastle was driving south on Interstate 81 near mile marker No. 2 when his passenger, Derek J. Straley, fell out of the vehicle, police said.

The driver told police he was driving 65 mph at the time, and a witness said Derek Straley rolled onto the highway for about 75 feet before standing up and walking off the road, police said.

Derek Straley was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, police said, and he was taken to Washington County Hospital with serious injuries.

A nursing supervisor at the hospital said Derek Straley was not there Sunday night.

Three injured in crash on Pa. 696

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Three Shippensburg residents were injured in a vehicle crash Friday night on Pa. 696, about one-half mile south of Coldsmith Road in Shippensburg.

Pennsylvania State Police said Carol A. Coldsmith, 50, was driving south on Pa. 696 when she crossed the center line for unknown reasons and struck a telephone pole along the northbound lane. The vehicle, a 2002 Buick Century, spun several times and rolled once before stopping on the shoulder of northbound Pa. 696, police said.

There were two passengers in the vehicle: Elizabeth Ann Coldsmith and a 12-year-old boy, police said. Elizabeth Coldsmith had moderate injuries, and the boy had minor injuries, police said. Both were taken to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Carol Coldsmith was flown by helicopter to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center with major injuries, police said.

Tools stolen from shed near Greencastle

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - About $1,000 in tools were stolen from a shed on Buchanan Trail East sometime Thursday or Friday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The tools were stolen from a shed behind Shady Grove Produce at 2999 Buchanan Trail East in Greencastle, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident may call police at 717-264-5161 and reference incident No. H03-1571564.

House burglarized after man is lured out

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a burglary Wednesday in which a man was lured from his house by people posing as representatives of a lawn-care company.

Police said the incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of Wayne Road in Guilford Township. While the man was outside, someone went inside the house and removed a safe from his bedroom, police said.

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