Police briefs

January 03, 2007

Two charged with trespassing, theft

A truck found parked near Conservit Inc. early Tuesday led to the arrests of two men who police allege tried to steal scrap metal from the processing facility off Sharpsburg Pike, Maryland State Police said in a written release.

Mark Wayne Snyder, 21, of 119 Cleveland Ave. in Waynesboro, Pa., and Octavian Lutai, 25, of 20116 Leitersburg Pike, each were charged with trespassing and theft, the release states.

At 2:09 a.m., troopers found an unattended 1984 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck parked near the perimeter of the 18656 Leslie Drive business, police said. The engine of the truck was still warm and the keys were found in the ignition, the release states.

A state police helicopter and Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies helped search the area, and police found radiators, aluminum rims and other pieces of scrap aluminum outside the perimeter fencing, according to the release.


Police allege Snyder used the truck, but was picked up by another man at the intersection of Md. 65 and Roxbury Road. Police allege Snyder admitted that he tried to steal radiators and aluminum rims, and Lutai admitted that he tried to steal aluminum rims from the business.

Man says he was robbed of $3,000

A man reported that he was robbed of $3,000 Sunday morning by two men who stopped at his Mason-Dixon Road home asking for help with a disabled vehicle, Washington County Sheriff's Department Lt. Mark Knight said.

At 1 a.m., the man reported that two men came to his home in the 18000 block of Mason-Dixon Road, claiming they ran out of gas and needed help, Knight said.

When the homeowner went to the garage to get a gas can, one of the men showed a handgun and the homeowner handed over $3,000.

The alleged robbers are described as two white males, one with short hair and dark clothing, and the other with long hair, Knight said.

The men drove off in a black, full-sized car, possibly a Chevrolet Caprice, he said.

Knight asks anyone with information about the reported robbery to call deputies at 301-791-3020.

Sobriety checks planned in W.Va.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted Friday on two sections of U.S. 522, West Virginia State Police in Charles Town said.

Police said in a press release that they will conduct the checkpoints from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at U.S. 522 near Market and Liberty streets, and U.S. 522 in front of the Berkeley Springs, W.Va., barrack.

Pa. man injured when truck hits pole

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 32-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., man was taken to Fulton County Medical Center after the truck he was driving struck an electric pole and overturned, Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said.

Donald E. Weatherly Jr., of North Broad Street, was traveling south in a 1988 Nissan truck on U.S. 522 about a mile south of McConnellsburg at about 1 p.m. Saturday when he drove off the road and the truck hit a pole on the west berm, police said. The truck then spun off the road and rolled down an embankment, police said.

The truck was heavily damaged, police said. A woman at Fulton County Medical Center, where police said Weatherly was taken by ambulance, said she could not release patients' conditions.

The road was closed several hours while the power lines and pole were repaired, police.

Md. man faces traffic charges

WILLIAMSPORT - A 43-year-old Williamsport man who allegedly left the scene after driving a car into a fence is charged with traffic offenses.

Roland Francis Harper Jr., of 7914 Neck Road, is charged with failure to stop after a property-damage accident, failure to report property damage to police, failure to notify the owner of property damaged in an accident, negligent driving and failure to reduce speed on a curve.

The damage to a fence in the 15000 block of Falling Waters Road was discovered Dec. 16, and police located the damaged vehicle Dec. 21, after an anonymous tip led them to Harper's home, police said.

Man's condition serious after wreck

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -A Hummelstown, Pa., man was in serious condition Tuesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said, several days after an accident in which the motorcycle he was riding struck a guardrail.

William McConnell was driving a 2007 Kawasaki north on a ramp onto Interstate 81 in Antrim Township at 2:35 p.m. Saturday when the motorcycle struck a guardrail, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

McConnell's right leg and ankle were seriously injured, and he was taken to York (Pa.) Hospital, police said. McConnell was wearing a helmet.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call police at 717-264-5161.

Man charged with criminal mischief

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 31-year-old Chambersburg man who allegedly kicked in a motel room door has been charged with criminal mischief, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Quam Marshall was charged after the incident at 2 p.m. Monday at Rite Spot Motel in Fayetteville, Pa., police said.

Four-wheeler taken

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A four-wheeler was reported stolen by a Chambersburg man, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

The green four-wheeler was taken between Sunday and Tuesday from the 5200 block of McCord Road, police said.

Tires stolen

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two tires were stolen from a storage-shed business on Lincoln Way West, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Anyone with information about the tires, which were taken at about 1 p.m. last Wednesday, may call the police at 717-264-5161.

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