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Police and fire briefs

October 08, 2009

Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. responds to 24 calls for service in September



SMITHSBURG -- The Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. responded to 24 calls for service in September, according to Chief Chris Rohrer.

There were two structure fires and five vehicle accidents in that period, he said.

Smithsburg assisted Hancock in September by providing a standby crew during Canal Apple Days. A number of Smithsburg businesses and residents also were assisted during the month.

At Tuesday night's meeting of the Smithsburg Mayor and Council, representatives of the fire company formally thanked the leaders for the 10 sets of turnout gear purchased by the town for the company.

Smithsburg Police respond to 79 calls for service in September



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight reported to the Mayor and Council Tuesday night that his department had 79 calls for service during September.

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The department assisted the Washington County Sheriff's Department 22 times, Maryland State Police twice and Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services once.

Fifty-nine citations were issued in September, 47 of them for moving violations, Knight said.

Crime calls included six suspicious vehicles, three animal complaints, three ordinance violations and two fights.

There were no arrests in September.

Knight said the police department patrolled 4,194 miles in September, spent nearly 40 hours on foot patrols, made 1,438 patrol checks and made 17 premises checks.

-- Marlo Barnhart

Pa. State Police seek man wanted in attempted break-in



Authorities were looking for a man who tried to break into a home at about 2:15 p.m. Monday in the 15400 block of Buck Valley Road in Bethel Township, a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police said.

The man was described as about 6 feet 3 inches tall and 230 pounds, the release said. He has brown Mohawk-style hair and a goatee.

Anyone with information may call state police at 717-485-3131.

Martinsburg Police seek help in finding missing teen



The Martinsburg Police Department was seeking assistance in finding Bre'na Beaner, a 17-year-old girl who was reported missing June 25 and last seen at a local high school, a press release from the Martinsburg Police Department said.

Beaner is black, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 105 pounds, the release said. She is believed to be in the Berkeley County area and traveling with a male juvenile.

Anyone with information may call police at 304-264-2100.

Incidents reported in Washington County



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

Tuesday, Oct. 6:

o At 7:18 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported at the Oak Hill House in the 12800 block of Independence Road. One of the juveniles was reportedly destroyed property in the house.

o At 9:05 a.m., theft from a motor vehicle was reported in the 100 block of Cumberland Street in Clear Spring. Two pool sticks and some CDs were taken from the vehicle.

o At 11:48 a.m., theft was reported in the 11500 block of Selema Drive. Someone reported that unauthorized charges were made on a bank card.

o At 3:48 p.m., shoplifting was reported at the Le Gourmet Chef Outlet at the Prime Outlets. Someone took an electric grill.

o At 5:32 p.m., shoplifting was reported at the AT&T store at the Valley Mall. Someone took 16 Jawbone Bluetooth devices.

o At 5:42 p.m., theft was reported at the Rent-A-Center in the 17600 block of Virginia Avenue. A 47-inch television was rented and then pawned at a pawn shop.

o At 11:10 p.m., a domestic incident was reported in the 12300 block of Delwood Avenue.

Wednesday, Oct. 7:

o At 8:24 a.m., theft was reported at Emerald Pointe on Marsh Pike. Someone took construction tools from a construction site.

o At 8:52 a.m., theft from a motor vehicle was reported in the 1400 block of Oakmont Drive. Someone took $170 in diesel fuel.

o At 9:23 a.m., a domestic incident was reported in the area of Stanford Road.

o At 4:19 p.m., a stolen vehicle was recovered in the 1200 block of West Washington Street. A 2000 Jeep that was reported stolen to Martinsburg, W.Va., police was found.

o At 4:46 p.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 21000 block of Rohrersville School Road. Someone damaged the windows and doors of the Ruritan Building.

o At 6:05 p.m., a domestic incident was reported in the 11900 block of Heather Drive.

o At 7:28 p.m., drug violations were reported in the area of Main Street in Hancock.

o At 8:38 p.m., shoplifting was reported at Spencer's Gifts at the Valley Mall.

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