Police briefs

September 17, 2008

Va. men charged with making false reports

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Two Virginia men have been charged with making false reports after police said the men claimed one of them had been shot in Chambersburg, according to the Chambersburg Police Department.

On the morning of July 29, George E. Ware, 43, of Madison Heights, Va., was treated for two gunshot wounds to his left leg. Ware told police he was shot while in the 900 block of South Main Street, police said.

Jonny C. Scott, 50, of Bedford, Va., told police he was with Ware and backed his story, police said.

It was discovered that Ware had been wounded in a shooting in Hagerstown, police said. The men made the false statements due to concerns about losing their jobs, police said.

Pa. State Police in Chambersburg report monthly statistics

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police in Franklin County investigated 370 criminal offenses in August, according to the monthly report issued by the Chambersburg barracks.


Troopers cleared 198 crimes and made 198 criminal arrests during the month, police said.

During August, there were 136 crashes with 80 people being injured and one killed. There were nine hit-and-run crashes, nine crashes involving intoxicated drivers, and 40 motorists were charged with driving under the influence, police said.

Troopers issued 587 traffic citations and 325 written warnings, according to the report.

Pa. home burglarized, vandalized

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a residential burglary that occurred between 10 a.m. and noon Monday.

The home in the 3000 block of Cook Road in Greene Township was broken into and the inside was vandalized, police said.

Jewelry, drugs stolen from Pa. home

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- A home in the 400 block of Charlestown Road was broken into Monday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The house was entered between 6:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. police said. Jewelry and prescription medicines were stolen, police said.

Pa. woman's purse stolen at party

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police were investigating the theft of a woman's purse from a party over the weekend.

The purse of Courtney Miller of Waynesboro, Pa., was stolen between 9 p.m. Saturday and 1:24 a.m. Sunday while she was at a party in a house on Landmark Court, police said. Her credit card was later used to buy gasoline at a convenience store in St. Thomas, Pa., police said.

Hagerstown man faces drug charge after police search vehicle

Hagerstown Police on Monday charged a city man with possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Officers on patrol Monday afternoon responded to a complaint about a vehicle with two men inside, parked in the 500 block of West Howard Street, police said in a news release.

A Washington County Sheriff's deputy responded with a drug-sniffing dog that alerted to the driver's door, police said. Officers searched the vehicle and found more than 50 grams of suspected crack cocaine with a street value of $2,000 to $3,000, officers said.

Jerome Andre Broadus, 32, of North Jonathan Street, was charged and was being held on $30,000 bond Tuesday morning at the Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said.

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

  • At 7 a.m., theft from a vehicle was reported in the 21800 block of O'Toole Drive. A wallet and cell phone were taken.

  • At 5:30 p.m., theft from a vehicle was reported in the area of the Target parking lot. A window was broken and a GPS unit was taken.

  • At 5:30 p.m., auto theft was reported in the 12300 block of Big Pool Road. A four-wheeler was taken but later recovered.

  • At 6:30 p.m., auto theft was reported in the 11500 block of Twinebridge Court. A 2005 Nissan Maxima was taken but later recovered.

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

  • At 9:50 a.m., theft from a vehicle was reported in the 2600 block of Chestnut Grove Road. A boat motor was stolen.

  • At 12:20 p.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 11700 block of Camden Road. Roofing nails were placed in a driveway, causing damage to three tires.

  • At 1:15 p.m., theft was reported on Zittlestown Road in Boonsboro. A tree stand was taken from hunting property.

  • At 1:35 p.m., a theft was reported in the area of Church Street in Williamsport. Wedding rings and diamond earrings were taken.

  • At 1:50 p.m., a theft was reported in the 23300 block of Fruit Tree Drive. A stainless steel door was taken from a storage unit.

  • At 9:50 p.m., a theft was reported in the 20500 block of Park Hall Road. A Murray riding mower was taken.

  • At 11 p.m., a theft was reported in the 800 block of Northern Avenue. An air conditioner was taken from a home.

    Two charged after chase in Frederick

    FREDERICK, Md. -- A Hagerstown woman and a Frederick man are facing charges after a trooper stopped a vehicle Sunday for speeding on Interstate 70, Maryland State Police said.

    The driver was asked to perform sobriety tests. He became violent and pushed the trooper into the roadway, officers alleged in a news release. He then got back in his vehicle and fled the scene, which led to a high-speed pursuit in Frederick, police said.

    The driver allegedly threw a loaded handgun and suspected crack cocaine from the vehicle, troopers said.

    He lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of North Market Street and Frederick Avenue, and fled on foot, troopers alleged.

    When officers caught up to the man, he resisted arrest and struck one of the troopers in the face, officers alleged.

    The driver and the officer were both taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, and later were released.

    Franklin William Randolph, 39, of 205 Maple Ave. in Frederick, was charged with criminal and traffic offenses.

    The woman in the car, Carmen Lynn Jones, 41, of 316 N. Prospect St. in Hagerstown, was charged with possession of drugs.

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