Police, fire briefs

June 01, 2009

Man driving backhoe injured when he loses control on mountain road

BOONSBORO -- The identity of a man who sustained chest and leg injuries Sunday afternoon after he lost control of a backhoe on Boonsboro Mountain Road was still not available Monday morning.

A check with the Washington County Sheriff's Department Monday morning revealed the report on the incident wasn't completed. Deputy Scott Beckley investigated the accident.

The man was able to jump from the backhoe before it crashed in the 2:27 p.m. incident, officials said.

It is believed the tractor might have experienced brake failure, though one rescue official said the cause of the crash was not clear.

The man was transported to Washington County Hospital, but his condition was not available.

Man charged after stolen vehicle crashes

FREDERICK, Md. -- An Emmitsburg, Md., man has been charged with making a false report of a crime and malicious destruction of property in connection with a Saturday morning wreck involving a stolen vehicle.


Frederick County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Anthony LoRusso took Christopher G. Higgs into custody at 4 a.m. Saturday. Higgs, 28, of Emmitsburg, was released on personal recognizance, according to a spokesman Monday at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. 

The arrest came after LoRusso responded to a report of an accident in the 17000 block of Annandale Road. While he was enroute, the deputy got a report of a stolen vehicle out of Emmitsburg. 

At the scene, it was determined the vehicle struck a utility pole, then drove across the lawn and into a ditch. 

The driver was later identified as Higgs who had left the scene of the crash and reported his vehicle stolen, deputies alleged

Washington Co. deputies handle weekend calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department handled the following calls over the weekend and Monday:

June 1:

o An undesirable in the 12800 block of Seavolt Road, reported at 4:16 a.m.

May 31:

o A shoplifting incident at the Sheetz on Virginia Avenue, reported at 5:25 a.m.

o Theft of jewelry from the 14500 block of Pennsylvania Ave., reported at 4:21 p.m.

o Theft of a cell phone from the 1800 block of Abbey Lane, reported at 4:43 p.m.

o Shoplifter at The Icing by Claire's, 17301 Valley Mall Road, reported at 4:51 p.m.

o Disorderly person in the first block of North Main Street in Smithsburg, reported at 9:34 p.m.

o Assault at the Sheetz, 700 Potomac Ave., reported at 11:41 p.m.

May 30:

o Breaking and entering in the 100 block of North Conococheague Street, Williamsport, reported at 4:22 a.m.

o Disorderly person in the 1300 block of Weverton Road, reported at 9:30 a.m.

o Theft of a vehicle from the 11000 block of Lakeside Drive, reported at 12:47 p.m.

o Breaking and entering in the 4000 block of Southbend Lane, reported at 2:11 p.m.

o Theft of wallets from Payless Shoes, 17301 Valley Mall Road, reported at 2:28 p.m.

o Shoplifter at Spencer's Gifts, 17301 Valley Mall Road, reported at 5:07 p.m.

o Theft of wallet from AC&T Fuel Center, 11500 block of Hopewell Road, reported at 8:06 p.m.

Items stolen from Pa. park concession stand

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- A thief targeted the Buck Valley Park concession stand over the weekend by forcing a side door and then stealing $125 in supplies, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Sometime between Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., the thief took four cases of water, 17 cases of soft drinks and a small wicker basket containing $2 in change, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 717-485-3131.

Crews respond to basement fire in Hancock

HANCOCK -- A basement caught fire in a home at 14300 Tollgate Ridge on Sunday morning, a 911 dispatcher said.

The fire was reported at 8:39 a.m. as a furnace malfunction, the dispatcher said.

No one was injured in the fire and the investigation is continuing, the dispatcher said.

Boy riding bike treated after hitting SUV

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- An 11-year-old boy on a bicycle hit a Hyundai Elantra on his way to school Friday, Waynesboro police said in a news release.

The boy was traveling west on West Third Street on the hill before South Potomac Street. He did not stop the bicycle and entered the intersection at 8:15 a.m., police said.

The boy went to Waynesboro Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Driver blames wet road for causing crash

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- One of the drivers involved in a two-vehicle accident Thursday blamed a wet road for the crash, Waynesboro police said in a news release.

Police said Jerome Kennedy, of Waynesboro, was driving a 1989 Ford Bronco on East Third Street when the vehicle slid on a curve at Myrtle Avenue.

The vehicle hit a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Wayne Driscoll of Waynesboro.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage, police said.

Copper lines cut, AC unit reported stolen

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Copper lines were cut and an air conditioner was stolen from Kristin Court in May, Waynesboro police said in a news release.

Two homes had copper lines cut from the home. One air-conditioning unit was stolen, police said.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call police at 717-762-2132.

Man treated after burning himself with fireworks

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg on Saturday after burning himself with fireworks, a Berkeley County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

The accident happened at about 8:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Tall Pine Lane in the Glenwood Forest subdivision, she said.

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