Police briefs

May 25, 2006

Boy falls through ceiling at store

FREDERICK, Md. - A 16-year-old boy who was hiding in the ceiling of a Frederick department store Tuesday after allegedly stealing electronics from the store's shelves stepped on a weak spot and fell through the ceiling into view of police searching the building, the Frederick Police Department said in a written release.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools and theft under $500, police said.

He was released to the custody of his mother, police said.

According to the release, police responded to Boscov's department store, 1301 W. Patrick St., to check out a burglar alarm at about 11:30 p.m. When they searched the second floor, they "heard noises in the ceiling above them," the release states.


The alleged burglar "ultimately revealed himself by stepping on a weak spot in the ceiling and falling partially through," police said.

A garment bag filled with electronics allegedly was found in the boy's possession, the release states.

Hagerstown Police respond to calls

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

600 block of Frederick Street, verbal argument.

100 block of East Avenue, second-degree assault charge.

South Potomac Street, second-degree assault charge.

400 block of Park Place, domestic incident.

10000 block of Shale Drive, theft of a credit card.

100 block of East Franklin Street, returned missing juvenile.

900 block of Washington Avenue, damage to property.

60 block of West North Avenue, damage to property.

Weis Market on Eastern Boulevard, theft.

900 block of Maryland Avenue, theft of a bicycle.

100 block of Tulip Court, theft from a vehicle.

Police seek help in finding missing man

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 64-year-old man who has been missing since May 6.

Frank Sharkey, who has bipolar disorder, was last seen in the Falling Waters area on the morning of May 6. He was wearing a pullover shirt, sweat pants and sneakers.

He was described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 270 pounds, with dark hair, a gray beard, glasses and hazel eyes. When he left a home on Tice Road in Falling Waters, he was driving a blue 1988 Dodge Ram van with a West Virginia license plate.

Anyone with information about Sharkey may contact Sgt. Eric Burnett at 304-267-0001.

Man charged after checkpoint incident

RANSON, W.Va. - Six Ranson Police Department officers had to jump out of the way after a motorist entered a checkpoint along North Mildred Street Monday night at a high rate of speed, court records said.

The car passed five stopped cars and, at one point, Ranson Police Chief William Roper ordered the man to stop at gunpoint, Jefferson County Magistrate Court records said.

Christopher Steven Dawes, 31, of 114 Gunpowder Lane, Inwood, W.Va., was charged with offenses including possession of marijuana, two counts of battery of an officer, six counts of assault on an officer, failure to maintain control, reckless driving and obstructing, records state.

Dawes is free on $10,000 bond.

Ranson Police were operating a checkpoint at North Mildred Street and Wescott Drive about 6 p.m. when the motorist approached, Cpl. Stephen Cox said in a report.

The driver was operating a white Volkswagen which went into a skid at the checkpoint, Cox said. Cox said he ordered the motorist to stop and the car went past him.

After Roper ordered the man to stop at gunpoint, the car continued and skidded to a halt off the road, Cox said.

Cox said he searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag containing what he believed was marijuana.

The motorist allegedly became combative and kicked Cox and Capt. Mickey Ballenger and it took several officers to subdue the man, Cox said.

U-Haul crashes into McDonald's drive-thru

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A driver crashed a U-Haul truck into a McDonald's drive-thru Wednesday morning in Greencastle, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The driver ordered his food about 10 a.m. and pulled through the drive-thru at 721 Buchanan Trail East, but the top of his vehicle crashed into the restaurant's awning, police said. The sign was damaged, and the driver fled in the U-Haul truck.

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

Police search for missing girl in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were searching for a 16-year-old girl last seen Sunday afternoon at her home in the 1500 block of East Strohm Road in Chambersburg.

Paige Mouse left her home about 2 p.m. and has not contacted her parents since, police said.

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

Man charged with stealing gasoline

SCOTLAND, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man was pleading guilty in court to stealing gasoline when he was arrested on a separate gas theft charge, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Robert Joseph Shaffer, 21, allegedly pumped $15 in fuel at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Amoco, 1410 Doron Drive in Scotland, and tried to pay with a stolen gas card, police said.

Shaffer could not pay for the gas, so he left his expired military identification card and said he would return in a few hours to pay for the fuel.

Police said Shaffer never returned.

He was found that day at District Court pleading guilty to stealing gasoline in February, police said.

Shaffer was taken into custody without incident and charged with a second retail theft for failure to pay for gasoline, police said.

Shaffer also was charged with stealing a fuel card from a former employee and using the card 18 times between May 1 and Sunday, police said. Shaffer allegedly charged about $640 in gasoline to the card.

He was charged with theft by unlawful taking, access device fraud and criminal attempt access device fraud, police said.

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