Police briefs

September 07, 2009

Sheriff's deputies looking for missing teen

Washington County Sheriff's deputies were searching Monday for a teenager who walked off Sept. 2 from the Cedar Ridge Children's Home west of Hagerstown.

Brandon James Whittaker, 14, was last seen walking eastbound on U.S. 40 toward Hagers-town, deputies said in a news release.

Brandon was described as biracial, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 133 pounds, deputies said. He has family in the Hagerstown area and is not considered to be in any danger, deputies said.

Anyone with information can call police at 30-791-3020.

Pa. man charged with simple assault

FORT LOUDON, Pa. -- A Fort Loudon man was charged Sunday with simple assault following an incident on Carrick Valley Road in Todd Township in Fulton County, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.

The man threatened to shoot a propane tank, which made a 26-year-old woman fear for her life, troopers said in a news release.


Dennis Lynn Fox, 25, and the unidentified woman then argued, which escalated into Fox throwing the woman onto a couch and then onto the floor, troopers alleged.

Fox was charged with simple assault.

Man charged in assault of Pa. trooper

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man was charged with aggravated assault and other crimes Monday in connection with the assault of a state police trooper trying to arrest the man at Wal-Mart, 1730 Lincoln Way West, Pennsylvania State Police said.

A trooper was kicked five times in the upper arm when he tried to arrest Aaron D. Mobley, 31, for misdemeanor disorderly conduct, troopers alleged in a news release.

Mobley, of 697 Center St., was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment.

MCTC escapees still at large

The search for two inmates missing from the Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown continued Sunday to no avail, Maryland State Police said.

Matthew L. Chait and Michael Allen Johnson fled a work detail on prison grounds Friday morning. A search by prison officials and area police Friday and through the weekend turned up no signs of the two men.

Chait, 26, was serving seven years for armed robbery, a handgun violation and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a prison official said.

Johnson, 24, was serving 8 1/2 years for burglary.

Both were wearing white jumpsuits.

Earlier reports indicated that Chait was to be released in early 2012 and Johnson in the middle of 2011.

Chase results in charges against area man

An early Saturday morning high speed chase resulted in damages to a Washington County Sheriff's Department patrol car and numerous charges against a pickup truck driver, but no injuries.

At 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Ryan Socks was patrolling the Sharpsburg Pike near Lappans Road when he clocked a pickup truck doing 91 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to a press release.

The pursuit began when Socks activated his emergency lights and siren. The pickup turned west onto Lappans Road, driving at 80 mph and turning off its lights, the press release said.

At the intersection of Spielman and Reichard roads, the pickup came to a stop and backed up, ramming Socks' vehicle, the press release said.

The pursuit ended in the driveway of a home in the 7600 block of Fairplay Road when the 2001 Ford F-350 came to a stop.

The driver was told to get out and lie on the ground but instead began to walk away, the press release said. Socks then used his Taser gun and the driver -- identified as Allen William Smith, 45, of 7523 Sharpsburg Pike -- was then taken into custody without further incident.

Smith was charged with second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property over $500, possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, fleeing and eluding police, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was freed from the Washington County Detention Center after posting a $25,000 bond, the press release said.

Motorcyclists injured in U.S. 40 crash

Two motorcyclists were injured Sunday afternoon when they wrecked on U.S. 40 near the entrance to Greenbrier State Park.

Emergency dispatchers said one motorcyclist had a broken arm from the 12:06 p.m. accident. The injuries to the other motorcyclist weren't as serious, dispatchers said.

Both were taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulances.

Maryland State Police investigated the accident but no report was available Sunday.

Firefighters called to Reeders Memorial Home

BOONSBORO -- A call for a fire at Reeders Memorial Home Sunday afternoon was instead traced to a malfunctioning light fixture, emergency dispatchers said.

Firefighters from Washington and Frederick counties were dispatched at 3:53 p.m. to the nursing home complex at 141 S. Main St.

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