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Police briefs

March 31, 2008

Washington County deputies respond to calls



The Washington County Sheriff's Department recently responded to the following incidents, according to Lt. Mark Knight:

Friday:

· At 1:30 p.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the parking lot of Valley Mall. A rock was thrown through the window of a vehicle.

Saturday:

· At 12:15 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the parking lot of Milestone Garden Apartments in Williamsport. A mirror was busted off a vehicle in the parking lt.

· At 2 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported at Federal Express in the 11000 block of New Gate Boulevard. A window was broken out of a vehicle.

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· At 9 a.m., breaking and entering was reported at Artery Homes Storage in the 1000 block of Linwood Road. Someone entered a building, but nothing was taken.

· At 11 a.m., breaking and entering was reported in the 13000 block of Maugansville Road. A screen was cut and pried open.

· At 2 p.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 21000 block of Leitersburg Pike. A vehicle was spray-painted overnight.

Sunday:

· At 6 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 14000 block of Village Mill Drive. A window was broken out of a vehicle.

· At 5:15 p.m., breaking and entering was reported in the 13000 block of Weaver Avenue. Someone attempted to force entry, and damaged the door.




Suspect sought in Frederick armed robbery



FREDERICK, Md. -- Police Sunday responded to an armed robbery at Frederick Wine House on West Seventh Street, the Frederick Police Department said.

The robber displayed a handgun and took cash, but no one was injured, officers said in a news release. He was described as white, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was about 32 years old with a dark crew cut, graying on the sides, and was wearing a powder blue sweatshirt.

Anyone with information can call police at 301-600-2100.




Theft reported at cafe in Frederick



FREDERICK, Md. -- Troopers Saturday responded to a theft at Past Times Cafe, 5311 Buckeystown Pike in Frederick, Maryland State Police said.

Someone took a purse, troopers said in a news release. Investigators later found the purse in the bathroom at the restaurant, but money had been taken, troopers said,

The robber was described as white, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds, with blond hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information can troopers at 301-600-4151.




Burglary in Chambersburg under investigation



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Troopers on Sunday were investigating a burglary in the 2000 block of Philadelphia Avenue, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Someone last week broke into a mobile home at took two gas grills, an antique china set and a men's bicycle, troopers said in a news release.

Anyone with information can call police at 717-264-5161.




Buggy driver injured in Fannett Township crash



FANNETTSBURG, Pa. - A horse-and-buggy driver was injured Sunday in Fannett Township when a yoke malfunction brought the buggy to an abrupt halt, throwing the driver onto the road, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

The crash happened at about 1 p.m. on Path Valley Road, police said. It resulted in head trauma for the driver and caused the horses to get loose, police said.

There were three people in the front seat and three in the back when the crash occurred, police said.

The driver's condition was unavailable Sunday night.




Two flown to hospitals after Jefferson County crash



KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The intersection of W.Va. 480 and Vanclevesville Road was closed for about an hour Sunday afternoon following a "T-bone" collision of two cars in Jefferson County, police said.

A woman in a Honda was flown to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center and a man in the car was flown to another hospital after the 4 p.m. wreck, said Sgt. Victor Lupis of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

A 12-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl in the car were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Lupis said.

A man riding in the other car, a Pontiac, was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., Lupis said.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Lupis said.




Washington County man faces arson charge



A Washington County man was charged Sunday with second-degree arson in connection with a vehicle fire in July, fire officials said in a news release.

Brian Urban, 30, was arrested at Weis Market in Hagerstown after investigators received a tip that he would be there, Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo, Jr. said.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office and the Maryland State Police determined Urban set fire to a 1994 Chevrolet station wagon parked in front of his wife's home in Williamsport on July 1, 2007, Zurolo said. The 3 a.m. fire caused about $5,000 damage, he said.

Investigators believe the motive for the fire was over marital property, Zurolo said. Investigators had been having difficulty locating him, he said.

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