Police briefs

August 10, 2007

Pa. man charged in copper thefts

The Washington County Sheriff's Department arrested a Pennsylvania man in connection with the theft of copper gutters and downspouts from the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base last summer, Investigator Greg Alton said Thursday.

Joshua Allen Downin, 24, of 11950 Old Route 16 in Rouzerville, Pa., was arrested Tuesday and served with a warrant charging him with theft scheme in connection with the missing copper, Alton said.

Employees of PenMar Development Corp. originally noticed that the copper items, valued at about $50,000, were missing.

Downin was selling copper spouting that PenMar representatives identified as the missing copper at a business in Mont Alto, Pa., Alton said.

PenMar was created by the state in 1997 to redevelop the former base, which shut down in 1998.

Mother and daughter lose home to fire

HALFWAY - A fire Thursday afternoon in the 17600 block of Heisterboro Road displaced a family of two, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said.


Firefighters from Halfway, Funkstown, Williamsport and Maugansville responded to the fire, which was reported at 2:13 p.m., a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

The fire was caused by electrical failure in a refrigerator, Ernst said.

Ernst estimated the fire caused $75,000 in damage.

The American Red Cross provided assistance to the mother and daughter who lost their home in the fire.

Police charge drivers in road rage incident

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro police have charged both drivers involved in a road rage incident from July 30.

Andrew L. Bird, 18, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., was charged with reckless driving, police said.

He was driving a Mustang that dragged Charles Kline, 49, of Waynesboro, several blocks from the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and East Second Street, police said.

Kline has been charged with harassment, police said.

All charges have been filed in the office of Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz.

Tractor levels traffic light in Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A tractor hit a traffic light at a busy borough intersection Thursday morning, causing traffic congestion throughout the day as motorists dealt with a temporary four-way stop.

Crews should be repairing the traffic signals at South Potomac and West Third streets today, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. The temporary fix was to put up stop signs, he said.

Glen Cook Jr., of Mercersburg, Pa., was driving a tractor south on South Potomac Street around 11:45 a.m., police said.

Police said Cook told them that a vehicle was partially in his lane of travel when the driver in front of him tapped his brakes.

Cook locked his brakes, slid through the intersection, went onto the curb and flattened the traffic light in the southwest corner, police said.

No injuries or damage were reported in that accident, although another later in the day at the intersection required towing.

Police said Richard Wagner, of Hagerstown, was driving north on South Potomac Street when his vehicle collided with a 1999 Chevrolet driven by Wayne Driscoll, of Waynesboro, at 1:30 p.m.

Both vehicles were towed, but neither Wagner nor Driscoll reported injuries to police.

- Jennifer Fitch

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