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Police briefs

June 08, 2006

Man caught on tape breaking into eatery



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was caught on videotape breaking into the Hot Dog Hut in Martinsburg Wednesday morning, and police are seeking the public's help to identify him, according to a written release from the Martinsburg Police Department.

The man broke into a side door of the 299 Medical Court business at about 2:30 a.m., went through its ceiling and took cash from the register and stole a safe, police said.

He left the building by breaking out the front-door glass, according to the release.

Police said photographs of the robber are on the police department's Web site under "press releases" at www.martinsburgpd.org.

The man had tattoos on his right forearm and was wearing white sneakers and a gray T-shirt with "CARMACK" written on the back, according to the release.

Police ask anyone who recognizes the man to call them at 304-264-2100.




Frederick County school bus in crash



FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick County Public Schools bus driver and six students were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital following a vehicle crash Tuesday in Frederick, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

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The three-vehicle crash on Fingerboard Road at Big Woods Road occurred about 7:45 a.m. Police said Anthony W. Young, 18, of Monrovia, Md., was driving a 1989 Mercedes sedan west on Fingerboard Road when he crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck.

The pickup truck, driven by Kurt R. Mohns, 51, of Ijamsville, Md., was traveling east, police said.

Police said Young continued to drive west and struck the Frederick County school bus, driven by Joseph M. Anderson, 61, of Frederick. Police said there were 19 children in the bus, ranging from 12 to 15 years old.

Anderson was turning right from Big Woods Road onto eastbound Fingerboard Road when the bus was struck.

Young was cited for failing to control speed to avoid a collision and failing to drive right of center, police said.

The investigation was continuing.




No injuries in school bus crash on U.S. 15



FREDERICK, Md. - A vehicle collided with a school bus just after 8 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 15 at Willow Road in Frederick, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Donna L. Houck, 37, of Thurmont, Md., was making a U-turn at U.S. 15 and Willow Road in a Frederick County school bus, when it was struck on the driver's side by another vehicle, police said. There were two girls on the bus.

The other vehicle, a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was driven by Sandra M. Hoffman, 28, of Jefferson, Md., police said.

There were no injuries, police said.




Md. man wanted in Frederick assault



FREDERICK, Md. - An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for a Dickerson, Md., man suspected in the early-morning assault of a Frederick woman, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Drew Frederick Burton, 49, was charged with first-degree and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, violation of a protective order, false imprisonment and malicious destruction of property over $500, police said.

Police said the woman, found Tuesday about 3:30 a.m. on her living room floor with her necks, arms and legs bound with bed linens and pieces of clothing, allegedly was Burton's girlfriend. Police said the woman was seriously injured and had visible trauma to her face and upper body.

The 24-year-old woman received an interim protective order against Burton Saturday and was scheduled for a court hearing the day she was found at her home on Bamburg Court, police said.

The woman was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where she was still being treated Wednesday.

Burton was described as black, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, about 250 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes, police said. He has tattoos on both arms and the name "Shirley" on his neck and over his heart.

Anyone with information about Burton may call Cpl. Jason West at 301-360-3894. Police said Burton should be considered armed and dangerous, and anyone who sees Burton may call police.




Trailer carrying Bronco stolen in Pa.



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A trailer carrying a 1966 Ford Bronco was stolen Monday from the Days Inn on Falling Spring Road in Franklin County, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the 18-foot trailer had been hitched to a vehicle belonging to Jerry Resa, 54, of Virginia, and had a Virginia license plate. The light blue Bronco had no registration, police said.




Man faces drug charge



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police charged a man Wednesday afternoon with distributing crack cocaine.

James Edward Byrd Jr., 41, was arrested by police with the Franklin County Drug Task Force after a three-month investigation, police said. He was accused of distributing crack cocaine in and around Antrim Township, Pa.

He was arrested in the 50 block of Mason and Dixon Road in Greencastle.

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