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Police briefs

September 28, 2006

Williamsport man charged in dorm fire



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - An 18-year-old Williamsport man has been charged with arson after a bulletin board was set on fire in a dormitory at Shepherd University last week, according to court records.

Austin Lee Barkdoll, of 9721 Lock Tender Lane, has been released on $2,000 bond.

The bulletin board and a picture taped on a wall were set on fire about 11:20 p.m. Sept. 19 in Kenamond Hall, Shepherd University Patrolman Donald Buracker said in Jefferson County Magistrate Court papers.

Court papers did not state a motive.

The arson charge carries a sentence of two to 10 years in jail.




Sheriff's deputies respond to calls



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

· At 11:30 a.m., pole lights were reported shot out at Transflo at 150 Hump Road. The lights were valued at $1,200.

· At 11:30 a.m., a Panasonic laptop was reported stolen from a vehicle parked at AC&T in Smithsburg. There was no make or value for the laptop.

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· At 1:30 p.m., writing using an unknown substance was found on the building of Brethren Mutual Insurance Co. at 149 N. Edgewood Drive.

· At 4 p.m., a handgun was reported stolen within the last three months from a home in the 20700 block of Trovinger Mill Road.

· At 4:30 p.m., a camera and two rolls of quarters were reported stolen from a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer parked at Sheetz on Virginia Avenue.

· At 6 p.m., an X-Road Cruiser bicycle was reported stolen from a shed in the 11400 block of Manse Road. The bicycle is valued at $600.




Police seek info in wreck on Md. 63



Maryland State Police officials are seeking information from the public about a Monday accident on Md. 63 south of Broadfording Road, according to a news release.

Vernon Wayne Karn Jr., 35, was injured Monday at about 9 p.m. when his 1973 Volkswagen collided with what might have been a piece of farm equipment, police said.

Karn was driving south on Md. 63 when the accident occurred and witnesses said they saw a farm tractor driving south after the accident.

Karn was charged with negligent driving and alcohol-related offenses, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the farm equipment operator to call them at 301-739-2101.




Restaurant robbed in Chambersburg



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police Tuesday night investigated an armed robbery at Schoenberger's Restaurant, 346 Lincoln Way East.

The restaurant's beer carryout store was robbed at 8:37 p.m. by a black male armed with a gun, police said. The man was described as having a medium build and was wearing a dark knit cap and blue shirt.

The robber got away with an undetermined amount of cash, police said. A police dog was used to try and track the robber, police said.




Football player hurt at Pa. school game



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A football player was flown to the hospital from a football game at Faust Junior High School in Chambersburg Wednesday evening, a Franklin County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

According to a Stat MedEvac flight medic, the player, who was in stable condition, was taken to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The flight medic declined to give more details about the player's condition, and he refused to give the victim's name.

Neither the Chambersburg fire nor ambulance services would provide more details about the incident, which occurred at 5:15 p.m., the dispatcher said.

Stat MedEvac personnel took less than 30 or 40 minutes to handle the call, the flight medic said.

"We've had a rather serious injury at the football game," Chambersburg School Board President Craig Musser announced at the start of Wednesday's school board meeting. Some of the more than 100 people at the meeting audibly gasped when he said that a member of the visiting team might have suffered "a significant spinal injury."

The school's sports schedule listed the Faust Tigers hosting a freshman game with Harrisburg High School Tuesday afternoon.




Men charged in purse snatching



FREDERICK, Md. - Two men accused of participating in a purse snatching in Frederick have been charged with robbery and improperly using the victim's credit cards, the Frederick Police Department said.

Daniel Edward Lohr, 20, of the 1500 block of West 10th Street in Frederick, and Kenneth Maurice Niblett, 19, of Colonial Beach, Va., each were charged with robbery, theft, conspiracy to commit robbery and seven counts of credit card offenses.

Niblett also was charged with second-degree assault, police said.

According to a police press release, a 61-year-old woman was loading packages into her vehicle at about 2:15 p.m. June 26 when a male took her purse and ran to a Dodge Neon parked near Wal-Mart. After the robbery, credit cards taken from the victim were used to make purchases in Frederick and Hagerstown, police said.

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