Police briefs

September 11, 2006

Crews search after report of downed plane

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Rescue crews searched an area along the border of Berkeley and Morgan counties in the Eastern Panhandlew Sunday afternoon after someone on a cell phone told authorities said they saw a plane go down.

The cell phone caller said the plane possibly went down in the Eastern horizon and did not come back up, said a Washington County, Md., 911 dispatcher.

Rescue crews searched areas along Cherry Run Road in Berkeley and Morgan counties but called off the effort late Sunday afternoon after seeing no sign of an aircraft, dispatchers said.

Pa. man accused of shooting dog

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 22-year-old man who allegedly shot someone's dog was charged with cruelty to animals and released on bond, Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said.


Justin Wade McCarty II, of Warfordsburg, Pa., is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges today, police said in a press release.

Man accused of drug deal at Pa. Wal-Mart

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A New York man was charged with drug crimes after he allegedly delivered crack cocaine at Wal-Mart, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Christopher Brian Kelly, 30, of Far Rockaway, N.Y., was charged with delivery of controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute controlled substance after the alleged incident at Wal-Mart Saturday afternoon on Lincoln Way East.

Bail was set at $200,000, police said.

Pa. ski resort reports vandalism

MERCERSBURG, Pa - A light and windows at buildings at Whitetail Resort, as well as windows of a bus, were reported damaged, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

According to police, someone or group of people vandalized the windows of the Mountain Operations Building, a light and window in the water treatment plant and windows of a bus between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday. The cost of the damage was estimated at $4,000, police said.

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

Guns are reported stolen from Pa. home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two guns were reported stolen from a residence in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The guns were stolen sometime between June 28 and Saturday, police said.

Gardening tools reported stolen

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Gardening tools and four large flower pots were reported stolen from a Greencastle, Pa., residence, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

According to police, a wheelbarrow, shovel, pick, rake, edging tool, hand spade, hand shearers, five-gallon gas container and flower pots were stolen between Wednesday and Thursday from a fenced-in yard on Hykes Road. The items were worth about $350, police said.

Pa. woman charged in one-vehicle crash

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A woman who was flown from the scene of a one-vehicle crash and treated and released from a hospital has been charged with driving under the influence, Pennsylvania State in Chambersburg said.

Melinda Brown, 24, of Fannettsburg, Pa., allegedly was not wearing a seat belt when the vehicle she was driving traveled off of the roadway on Path Valley Road in Franklin County and struck a wooden fence, metal post and address sign.

She was flown to Altoona Hospital and released after the Aug. 13 accident, police said.

Youth charged in phone threats

One juvenile has been charged in connection with phone threats made to South Hagerstown High School on Thursday morning, Hagers-town City Police said.

Police said the call came in at approximately 8:13 a.m.

A short time later, a second call was made threatening the school. Information on the nature of the calls is not being disclosed.

Based on the immediate response from school officials and police to a newly designed protocol established jointly by Washington County Public Schools and Hagerstown City Police, a juvenile was arrested within an hour of the call.

Police said a second arrest might result after further investigation.

The charge is verbal threats/destructive device, false statement concerning destructive device, disturbing school operations and telephone misuse.

Tires slashed in South End

By 8 a.m. Friday, Hagers-town City Police had received calls from the owners of 13 vehicles in the South End reporting slashed tires.

"The calls are still coming in," said Sgt. Steve Bussard. Damage was reported on East First Street, Guilford Avenue, Chestnut Street and Summit Avenue.

Anyone with information on vehicles in their neighborhoods overnight that didn't belong may contact police at 301-790-3700.

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