Police briefs

September 12, 2006

Police seek help finding teenager

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in finding a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since Wednesday, according to a news release.

Pamela Dawn Ahalt was last seen walking away from Smithsburg High School at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

Ahalt is white, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 155 pounds. She has brown shoulder-length hair and hazel eyes, according to the release.

Ahalt was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information on Ahalt's whereabouts to call them at 301-791-3020.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls, Lt. Mark Knight said:


· At 6 a.m., cash was reported stolen from Fireside Restaurant and Lounge, 1716 Underpass Way. The restaurant reported $1,225 was stolen from a locked cabinet.



· At 4 p.m., a purse was reported stolen from a 2006 Dodge pickup truck parked at AC&T on Big Pool Road. The purse and its contents were valued at $220.

· At 8 p.m., a flat screen TV, a plasma TV and clothing were reported stolen from the 11200 block of Cristin's Circle.


· At 9 a.m., fuel was reported siphoned from a Volvo truck parked at AC&T Fuel and Food Center on Hopewell Road. The driver reported $150 worth of diesel fuel was siphoned from his tank.

· At 10 a.m., a 2001 Honda Civic parked in the 200 block of North Colonial Drive was reportedly keyed and hit with a baseball bat.

Three face assault, robbery charges

BOONSBORO - Three men who are accused of taking part in a robbery in which the victim claimed he was shocked with a cattle prod face several counts of assault and other charges.

According to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Philip Michael-Thomas Humerick, 19, of Walkersville, Md., and 20-year-olds Thomas Lee Williams and Justin Edward Landon were charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, theft, robbery and reckless endangerment. According to the press release, Landon and Humerick also face conspiracy charges.

The last known address for Landon and Williams was 388 Spring Warbler Way in Shepherdstown, W.Va., the release states.

A 19-year-old male was treated and released from Washington County Hospital after he was assaulted Aug. 12 in the area of Benevola-Newcomer Road near Boonsboro, the release states. According to the release, he told police he went to the area voluntarily with three people. There, he was dragged by a vehicle and shocked by a cattle prod, he told police, the release states. The assailants took about $200 from him, the victim reported, the release states.

According to a deputy, Landon was being held Monday night at Washington County Detention Center. Bail for Landon was set at $100,000; Williams and Humerick, who was arrested Saturday, both posted bail, the press release states.

Former officer admits to robberies

FREDERICK, Md. - A former Indiana police officer and lawyer admitted he took part in bank robberies throughout the country, including Frederick, a press release from the Maryland State Police states.

In federal court in Rock Island, Ill., Clifton Bruce Davidson Jr., 41, pleaded guilty to robbing banks in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Connecticut and Maryland between November 2003 and November 2005.

When Davidson was arrested outside his hotel room in Phoenix, Ariz., on Jan. 31, police found a handwritten note listing cities where he had robbed banks and the estimated amount of money he had stolen, the release states. Police also found a loaded .357-caliber magnum revolver and a bank robbery demand note written on a manila envelope. Both items were used in the robbery of the Farmers and Mechanics Bank on Buckeystown Pike on Nov. 18, 2005, and the list includes the bank, the release states.

Crews battle barn fire in Jefferson Co.

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Firefighters contained a barn fire Monday evening to the round bales of hay where the blaze started, Lt. Mike Hough of the Independent Fire Co. said.

The department was called to a wooden barn on Flowing Springs Road in Jefferson County at 7:30 p.m. and received assistance from five other departments, Hough said.

He said firefighters cleared the scene in less than two hours.

Glass smashed at Pa. businesses

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough and state police in Chambersburg are investigating three incidents of smashed glass over the weekend.

· The glass doors at the Staples Distribution Center, 1550 S. Main St., were shot out Sunday morning, according to Chambersburg police.

Police said a security guard in the building heard the shots fired shortly after 2 a.m. A .40-caliber firearm was used to shoot the doors, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting may call police at 717-264-4131.

· A plate-glass window at the Social Security Administration building, 50 N. Third St., was smashed with a large rock Sunday night, borough police said.

An alarm at the building went off at 11:52 p.m., police said. There were no signs that the building had been entered after the window was smashed, police said.

· A plate-glass window at Dunham's Sports, 1714 Lincoln Way East, was smashed Friday night or Saturday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the window was smashed between 9:20 p.m. and 1:10 a.m.

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