Police briefs

June 17, 2009

Help sought in solving string of property destruction incidents

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in solving a string of destruction of property incidents on Long Ridge Drive, Paradise Church Road, Eden Drive, Kialani Drive, Emerson Drive, Sharon Drive and Cranberry Court.

The incidents occurred June 9 through 12 and involved the use of a BB gun shooting out the windows of vehicles, according to a sheriff's department press release.

Some windows on homes also were shot at, deputies said.

It is believed the person or people involved might have been on foot during the incidents and live in the area, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the incidents may call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Two face charges after digital camera stolen from Target

A North Carolina man and woman were charged Tuesday after a digital camera was stolen from Target at 17213 Cole Road, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department press release.


Sandra Michelle Dove, 31, of Stantonsburg, N.C., and Jimmy Shane Dove, 42, of Stantonsburg, were charged with theft less than $100, deputies said. Jimmy Shane Dove also was charged with driving suspended out of state, deputies said.

A theft investigator with Target told authorities a man and woman took a digital camera valued at about $39 about 2:30 p.m. and left in a Ford Mustang, deputies said.

The car was stopped on Halfway Boulevard near Interstate 81 and the camera was recovered, deputies said.

Man charged after gasoline was allegedly poured through house

A Hagerstown man was charged Tuesday after gasoline was allegedly poured throughout a house during a domestic disturbance on Lawton Lane, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department press release.

Michael Suan Miller, 42, was charged with arson threat, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and alcoholic intoxication endangerment, deputies said.

A woman at the house said she was assaulted by her live-in boyfriend during the incident. She was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of injuries, deputies said.

People in an adjoining duplex and duplexes around the residence were evacuated, but a hazardous materials team later determined the home to be safe, deputies said.

Boy, 5, struck by vehicle while riding bicycle

A 5-year-old boy who was riding a bicycle Tuesday afternoon was run over by a car backing out of a parking space at Halfway Manor apartments on Maple Leaf Court, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The boy was flown out of the area to a hospital after the 3:25 p.m. incident, but his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Lt. Tim Baker said.

It was uncertain which hospital the boy was taken to, Baker said.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

Frederick Co. man dies following ATV crash

FREDERICK, Md. -- A Frederick County, Md., man who was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash on Sidney Road last Friday night has died, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Daniel S. McCleary, no age given, was driving the ATV north in the 5000 block of Sidney Road when it went off the road, struck a culvert and overturned, according to a press release.

McCleary was thrown from the vehicle in the crash and was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, police said.

The crash, which was reported at 8:51 p.m., remains under investigation, police said.

B&E reported in W.Va; three sought

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Deputies are looking for three men involved in a break-in early Wednesday at Tackett's Pub, 11 Van Clevesville Road, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

The burglar alarm was sounded at 1:05 a.m., the release said.

The owner said the side door had been pried open and someone tried to break into an ATM, but failed. A small amount of cash was taken, the release said.

Three people - one inside the building and two outside - could be seen on a surveillance tape, the release said.

The two outside the building were described as two white males. One had a thin build and was wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored shirt with white lettering across the front. The other had a thin build and was wearing blue jeans and a red shirt.

The person inside the building was a heavier-set white male wearing light-colored shorts and white or light-colored shirt.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

Strong-armed robbery reported in Inwood

INWOOD, W.Va. -- Deputies are investigating a strong-arm robbery early Tuesday outside a Middleway Pike business, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

A man said several people attacked him as he left the business, the release said.

Deputies and a Martinsburg City Police K-9 unit searched the area.

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