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Smithsburg briefs

August 08, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Police respond to 236 calls in July



SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Police responded to 236 calls in July and made 19 arrests, including two juveniles, Chief Michael Potter told the mayor and town council on Tuesday.

In one case, someone assaulted an officer and caused about $500 worth of damage to the inside of a cruiser, he said.

He said police have arrested one person in connection with an arson at Smithsburg High School and have investigated an arson at Veterans Park.

He noted that police recently charged a teenage boy with scratching several vehicles with a sharp object, causing about $6,000 worth of damage. One of the damaged vehicles belongs to a police officer, Potter said.

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Potter also told the council that Smithsburg appears to have become a "dumping ground" for stolen Hondas. He said there have been about 30 in the last few months.




Council discusses unkempt property



SMITHSBURG - The town council on Tuesday discussed how to handle a problem with an unkempt property on East Water Street.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said the property has trash on it and a pool with smelly, stagnant water. No one is living there.

The property owner has made some improvements, but not a lot, she said.

Councilman Jerome Martin suggested condemning the property.

Randy Dick, the town's development and zoning administrator, said he could condemn the pool, but not the house.

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