Police briefs

June 11, 2008

Downsville General Store robbed

DOWNSVILLE -- Deputies Wednesday morning were investigating a burglary at the Downsville General Store, 8638 Downsville Pike. Someone broke the front door glass and took cigarettes, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said in a news release.

The burglary was reported at 12:31 a.m.

Investigators have contacted possible witnesses.

Anyone with information can call investigators at 240-313-2100.

Falling Waters woman faces drug charge in Pa.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- A Falling Waters, W.Va., woman was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance June 2, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Troopers assisted emergency services workers responding to a drug overdose at a home in the 14000 block of Molly Pitcher Highway in Greencastle, officers said in a news release.


A small amount of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia were found in the home, and Amber Lynn Files was found unconscious from a suspected overdose, troopers alleged.

Files, 21, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

29 citations handed out at Washington County landfill

A multiagency enforcement operation Saturday at the Washington County Landfill resulted in 29 traffic citations, 37 written warnings and one safety equipment repair order, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Authorities conducted the operation to address ongoing complaints of unsecured loads of trash falling from vehicles, commercial vehicle safety and equipment violations, and illegal use of untaxed diesel fuel, Lt. Art Overcash said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department, Maryland State Police, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and agents from the Maryland Comptrollers Office assisted in the operation, Overcash said.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers inspected five vehicles and placed one of them out of service for equipment violations, Overcash said. Three vehicles were weighed and one was cited for being overweight by 1,400 pounds, he said.

Thirteen vehicles were checked for illegal use of untaxed diesel fuel, but no violations were found, Overcash said.

Authorities plan to continue periodic enforcement at all solid waste facilities in the county and ask that citizens hauling trash take the time to secure the bags and loose materials to prevent them from falling or blowing out of the vehicle, Overcash said. Violations are punishable by a fine of $80, he said.

Shippensburg man charged in hit-and-run

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 51-year-old Shippensburg, Pa., man faces charges after a hit-and-run crash Saturday night on U.S. 11 that injured a 21-year-old Shippensburg woman, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

Gaspare Anile faces eight charges including DUI, reckless driving, careless driving, accident involving personal injury while not properly licensed, and failure to give information and render aid after a crash, police said.

Anile was driving south on U.S. 11 when, just before 11 p.m., he made a left turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle at the intersection with Pa. 997, police said.

Anile, whose license was suspended for DUI, left the scene on foot before police arrived, police said. Witnesses said he staggered, swayed, slurred his speech and smelled strongly of alcohol.

The driver of the other vehicle, Kira Lee Cramer, sustained moderate injuries, police said. She had been discharged from Chambersburg Hospital, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Martinsburg woman charged with solicitation

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 24-year-old Martinsburg woman was arrested early Tuesday after a member of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force said she approached him for a ride and offered to perform oral sex for $20, Martinsburg Police said in a news release.

Emily Anne Hardy was cited for solicitation of prostitution, police said.

Washington County Sheriff's Department respond to incidents

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


· At 8:30 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 12000 block of Greendale Drive. Someone broke a rear window.

· AT 9 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 30 block of Chestnut Street in Funkstown. Someone slashed a tire on a vehicle.

· At 11 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported at Snavley's Garden Center in the 190000 block of Leitersburg Pike. Someone broke the driver's side window out of a company truck.


· At 12:15 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 9000 block of Stephanie Lane. Someone broke the window of a vehicle.

· At 6 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 10000 block of Bayberry Court. Two vehicles were spray-painted.

· At 7 a.m., auto theft was reported in the 100 block of Hebb Road. A 2000 Volkswagen Jetta was stolen, but found further down the road. Its radar detector was taken.

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