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Police briefs

June 16, 2006

Motorcycle rider hurt in Pa. crash



MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The rider of a motorcycle was injured Thursday night in a crash involving a vehicle in Montgomery Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The crash occurred at 9:06 p.m. on Letzburg Road, according to a Franklin County 911 dispatcher. The Mercersburg, Montgomery, Peters and Warren Volunteer Fire Co. was dispatched to the accident scene and was still there at 10 p.m.

The investigating trooper also was at the scene shortly after 10 p.m., police said.




Crews battle barn fire in Fulton County



NEEDMOORE, Pa. - Firefighters from at least three counties in two states were on the scene of a barn fire in the Needmore area until late Thursday, a Fulton County, Pa., emergency dispatcher said.

The barn fire at 949 Harmon Lane was reported about 6:30 p.m., and firefighters from nine departments in Fulton, Washington and Allegany counties were still on the scene at 10:45 p.m., the dispatcher said.

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Further information was unavailable late Thursday.




Martinsburg Police stress juvenile curfew



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg Police are reminding parents and guardians about the city's juvenile curfew ordinance.

Those 17 years old or younger should not be in or upon any public place during the period ending at 6 a.m. and beginning:

  • At 10 p.m. for those 12 or younger.

  • At 11 p.m. for those 13 to 15 years old.

  • At midnight for those 16 years old or older.


Any minor who violates the code will be subject to adjudication of the juvenile court system, police said. There are some exemptions when the juvenile is in the care and custody of his/her parent or guardian or participating in an activity authorized by the parent or guardian, police said.

The ordinance includes a clause about parental responsibility. A fine of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail may be enforced if the parent knowingly permits or allows a minor to violate provisions of the curfew ordinance, police said.

Police said they anticipate they would use the parental responsibility clause if there are repeated curfew violations.




Teens charged in mailbox vandalism



THURMONT, Md. - Three teens were charged with vandalism to private property for allegedly destroying 13 mailboxes in the Thurmont area, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

The boys, 13, 15 and 16, were arrested Wednesday about 2:45 a.m., police said. The 13-year-old also was charged with unauthorized removal of a motor vehicle and driving without a license.

A resident in the 8000 block of Old Kiln Road complained that his mailbox had been destroyed that day. Within minutes, the boys were found in a vehicle, police said. The boys were released to their parents' custody.

Police said 13 damaged mailboxes had been identified on Graceham, Old Kiln and Old Frederick roads. The investigation was continuing.




Thurmont man faces assault charge



THURMONT, Md. - A Thurmont man was charged with second-degree assault and child abuse Wednesday, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Ronald A. Terpko Sr., 42, allegedly struck a juvenile in the face in front of deputies about 3 a.m., police said. Police responded to Ironmaster Drive to investigate a destruction of property that had occurred earlier.

Police said Terpko was asked to sign a release to pick up a juvenile who had been arrested. When he arrived, Terpko allegedly struck the juvenile in the face.

Police said the youth was in handcuffs at the time of the assault. Terpko was arrested and taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.




Dental office in Pa. burglarized



McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Office equipment and cash were reported stolen from Apple Valley Dental Association in McConnellsburg sometime between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Pennsylvania State Police said a fax machine, a paper shredder and a small amount of cash were taken from the business at 12594 Buck Valley Road.




ID and key cards stolen from vehicle



McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said several items were stolen from a man's vehicle in McConnellsburg sometime between June 9 and Sunday.

The vehicle was parked on Blackberry Lane when the man's McConnellsburg Fire Company identification and key cards were stolen, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident may call police at 717-485-3131.




Cash and coins stolen from Pa. mall business



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - About $1,000 in cash and coins was stolen May 29 from Aladdin's Castle at Chambersburg Mall.

Pennsylvania State Police said the money was stolen from an unsecured open office. Anyone with information about this incident may call police at 717-264-5161.




Hagerstown Police schedule checkpoint



Hagerstown Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 10 p.m. June 24 through 3 a.m. June 25 at an undisclosed location.

Police said the checkpoint will be held in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and program Checkpoint Strikeforce. Police said the checkpoint is an effort to reduce the number of drunk and drugged drivers on Hagerstown roads.

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