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Police briefs

September 02, 2008

Reward offered for information in M&T robbery

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of as much as $2,000 for information leading to arrests in an Aug. 22 robbery at the M&T Bank branch at 1750 Philadelphia Ave.

Two men entered the bank at about 10:30 a.m., one of them armed with a handgun. After taking the money, the men were last seen running toward a dark late 1980s or early 1990s four-door Lincoln.

Both men were dark-skinned and wore dark bandannas over their faces. Each also wore white baseball hats and white long-sleeved shirts.

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One man was about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 170 pounds; the other was about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 180 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call Crime Solvers at 717-263-3000. Callers may remain anonymous.

The same M&T branch was robbed two other times in late July and early August. Crime Solvers announced this week that a substantial reward was paid to a person who provided information leading to an arrest in one of those holdups.

Reward paid for information in cemetery vandalism

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Crime Solvers announced last week that a "substantial reward" was paid to someone who provided information that led to the arrest of a man charged in the vandalism of a Waynesboro, Pa., cemetery.

According to the release, a tipster provided information that led to the arrest of Paul Umstead, who was charged in the widespread vandalism of Burns Hill Cemetery off Pa. 16, which occurred in July.

Police did not release the name of the tipster or the amount of the reward.

Residents are reminded they can receive rewards as high as $2,000 for providing tips to police which lead to arrests.

The tipline is 717-263-3000.

Sections of guardrail stolen from Montgomery Township

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said sections of guardrail were stolen from behind the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 11364 Fort Loudon Road, between Aug. 21 and Tuesday.

Thirty galvanized steel rail posts, five 14-foot guardrail sections and about 20 pieces of angle iron between 3 and 8 feet in length were stolen.

Waynesboro man charged with residential burglary

MARION, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said they charged a Waynesboro, Pa., man last Thursday with a residential burglary that occurred in June.

Police said Jason Michael Blank was charged with the June 12 burglary in the 200 block of Colorado Street. The house had $3,500 in damage and $1,300 worth of items stolen, including a .22-caliber Derringer pistol, police said.

Chambersburg woman charged with corruption of minors

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman was charged with corruption of minors, furnishing alcohol to minors and disorderly conduct for an incident last Wednesday night at the police barracks on Franklin Farm Lane.

Police said it happened shortly after 11 p.m. when Joanna Marie Emigh, 43, address unavailable, went to the barracks to pick up her 18-year-old son, who had been taken into custody for driving under the influence, police said.

When police told her she could be charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, Emigh "became disorderly and demanded to be arrested," police said.

"Troopers obliged" and charged her, police said.

Driver crashes into pole after chase in W.Va.

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A driver crashed into a utility pole Sunday morning while fleeing from police on W.Va. 9 near Hedgesville, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

The incident began at about 6:05 a.m. when Berkeley County Central Dispatch received a cell phone call from a Virginia woman who refused to give her name and was threatening to harm herself, deputies said. The woman said she was driving a Plymouth Neon, and satellite locating revealed she was near the Back Creek bridge on W.Va. 9, deputies said.

Deputies spotted a Plymouth Neon driving slowly east on W.Va. 9 and attempted to pull it over, but the driver accelerated and pulled back onto W.Va. 9 toward Martinsburg, deputies said. After passing a Sunoco station, it looked as though the driver was going to jump from the car and run, but the car crashed into a utility pole, deputies said.

The driver did not appear to be injured but was transported from the scene for a possible overdose and a psychological evaluation, deputies said. The department did not release the driver's name.

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