Police briefs

August 08, 2008

Two Hagerstown men charged with malicious destruction of property 

Two Hagerstown men were charged with malicious destruction of property and other crimes Thursday after deputies responded to a report of men trying to break into vehicles in the area of Robinwood Court. 

A Toyota Corolla was damaged when the men attempted to break into the vehicle, deputies said in a news release.

Deputies also alleged that the two men had property that had been taken during a separate incident Wednesday in the same area.

Samuel Allen Younker, 19, and Justin Vance Hughes, 18, were also charged with theft, possession of motor vehicle burglary tools, and rogue and vagabond.

Hughes was released on his personal recognizance.

Younker posted a $15,000 bond and was released.

Police still looking for missing teen

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is requesting the public's assistance in finding a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for more than five months.


Katelyn Neil was reported missing Feb. 29 after she ran away from the Leitersburg Pike movie theater, and her whereabouts are unknown, Sgt. Roy Harsh said in a news release.

She might be in Hagers-town or the surrounding areas or might have gone to Prince George's County or Baltimore area, deputies said.

She was described as white, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds with shoulder-length brown hair, deputies said.

She is on medication for a medical condition and her mother is concerned for her welfare, deputies said.

Anyone with information may contact Sgt. Roy Harsh with the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 240-313-2183 or call the department's general phone number at 301-791-3020.

Area man hurt in motorcycle crash

A Washington County man sustained minor injuries Thursday night in a motorcycle crash on Resh Road west of Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Gary Smith, 38, of Church Hill Court, lost control on a curve at about 8:36 p.m., about 100 feet west of U.S. 63, ran into some gravel and struck a tree, Deputy Thomas Routzahn said.

Smith was taken to Washington County Hospital with minor injuries, Routzahn said.

$7,000 in copper stolen from chapel

BOONSBORO - About $7,000 worth of copper was stolen this week from Dahlgren Chapel on the Frederick County-Washington County line on U.S. 40 alternate, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

All of the new and refurbished down spouting was taken from the historic chapel sometime between noon Tuesday and 6 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Anyone with information may contact Trooper 1st Class S. Hess of the Frederick Barrack at 301-600-4151 and refer to case No. 08-51-028465.

Crop sprayer struck by train in W.Va.

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - A man was driving a farm tractor and a crop sprayer across a private railroad crossing at the Twin Ridge Orchard Thursday morning when the sprayer was struck by a train, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Jacob Kimble, who police estimated was in his 60s, suffered some minor injuries, said Sgt. Shannon Sell.

Kimble tried to beat an oncoming Norfolk Southern train at the crossing about 8:45 a.m. when the train struck the crop sprayer, Sell said.

The accident occurred near Luther Jones Road.

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