Police, fire briefs

July 31, 2009

Pa. State Police respond to incidents

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police responded to the following recent incidents, according to press releases from the Chambersburg barracks.

July 24

o At 5:30 p.m., a theft was reported at Wal-Mart on Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. Three men stole $200 from cash registers after asking for change.


o At 9:30 p.m., a man was arrested for driving under the influence on U.S. 30 near Fifth Street in Chambersburg. William Ira Martin Jr., 46, of Harrisburg, Pa., was charged with his seventh DUI and his fourth offense for driving while suspended, police said.


o At 4 a.m., a fire was reported at a farm on Woodstock Road in Greene Township, Pa. Fire destroyed a pole barn full of hay, police said. The building was isolated and no other buildings were in danger. A cause could not be determined for the fire due to the severe destruction, police said.


o At 4:40 p.m., theft was reported at Wal-Mart on Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. An employee was charged with theft by unlawful taking after she stole money while working at the cash register, police said.

Inwood, W.Va. man charged with burglary

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An Inwood, W.Va., man was charged Friday after walking into an unlocked house in the 200 block of West Race Street in Martinsburg earlier in the day and confronting his ex-girlfriend and another man who were in bed inside, according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release.

William M. Pennington, 35, of Inwood, was charged with burglary, police said.

The incident happened Friday shortly before 12:45 a.m., police said. The ex-girlfriend flagged down a passing police sergeant after the fight with Pennington spilled out into the street, police said.

Pennington was being held Friday night at Eastern Regional Jail on $25,000 bond, according to a jail spokesman.

Martinsburg, W.Va. man charged with burglary

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man was arrested after he was found with items taken from a garage during a break-in on Wednesday, according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release.

Daniel Barry Shipley, 32, of 198 S. High St., was charged with burglary, an Eastern Regional Jail spokesman said. He was being held Friday night at the jail on $10,000 bond, the spokesman said.

The burglary happened in the 300 block of Gussie Avenue, police said. Officers were called to the location while the burglary was in progress and were given a description of the suspect, police said.

Shipley was stopped in the area of Beth and Tenino streets in Martinsburg, police said.

Fire damages apartment in Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Firefighters responded early Friday morning to an apartment fire at 324 E. Washington St., Chief Ed Smith of the Independent Fire Co. said.

The fire, which was called in by a neighbor, was reported at 5:13 a.m.

No one was in the apartment at the time of the fire, and no one was injured, Smith said.

Firefighters were on scene until about 6:40 a.m., he said.

Smith estimated that the fire caused $20,000 in damage to the apartment and $1,500 in damage to furniture.

The fire might have been caused by a box fan that burned up, he said.

Youth still missing from Oak Hill House

CLEAR SPRING -- A 17-year-old who escaped from the Oak Hill House in early June is still missing, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Ryan Christopher Smith ecaped from the group home at 12806 Independence Road on June 4, the release said.

The missing youth is 6 feet tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He is believed to be in the Columbia, Md., area, the release said.

Anyone finding him is asked to call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020 or contact Sgt. Roy Harsh of the Washington County Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigation Unit at 240-313-2183.

Chambersburg man charged with DUI

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who has a DUI-suspended license was charged again with DUI following a traffic stop Wednesday night on McKinley Street Extended at Willow Street, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

Charles Edward Brown III, 25, was stopped at 11:56 p.m. after police discovered his license plate on a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder was suspended for insurance cancellation, troopers said.

Brown allegedly was under the influence of alcohol and prescription medication, troopers said.

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