Police briefs

December 12, 2009

Man faces theft and assault charges

A Hagerstown man has been arrested in connection with the theft of more than $1,000 in property from vehicles that were parked in the 1100 block of Corbett Street and the 900 block of Pope Avenue, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department press release.

Randy Joel Mathias, 20, was found Saturday by Maryland State Police in the 900 block of Pope Avenue with numerous stolen items in his pocket, deputies said.

Mathias also is accused of assaulting a man who approached him about being in a vehicle and destruction of property in addition to the theft charges, deputies said.

Several vehicles were broken into overnight and property was removed, but a victim was not located for much of the property that was recovered, deputies.


Anyone whose vehicle was broken into overnight in the area of Wilson Boulevard and Corbett Street may call Deputy Haugh at 240-313-2170.

Three hurt in W.Va. 9 crash

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Three people were injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on W.Va. 9 near Cain Lane in Morgan County, according to a press release from West Virginia State Police First Sgt. E.D. Burnett.

A 2007 Nissan Sentra was westbound on W.Va. 9 and a 2009 Toyota Yaris traveling east struck the Nissan in an offset/sideswipe manner, causing the Toyota to run over an embankment, roll onto its side and against a tree, Burnett said. The Nissan continued eastbound and ran off the north side of the road edge, striking a mailbox, Burnett said.

The driver of the Nissan was taken to Morgan County War Memorial Hospital and the driver and passenger of the Toyota were flown to Washington County Hospital and Winchester (Va.) Medical Center by Maryland State Police Trooper 5 and Life Net, Burnett said.

The people who were injured were not identified.

Rescue units from Berkeley Springs and Hedgesville responded to the scene of the accident, which remains under investigation.

Anyone who might have witnessed the accident may call Sgt. S.E. Davis at the Berkeley Springs detachment at 304-258-0000.

Needmore man charged with DUI in accident

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Needmore, Pa., man was charged with driving under the influence after being involved in a two-vehicle crash early Saturday in Licking Creek Township, Pa., according to a press release from Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg.

Joseph Len Netz, 23, was taken to Franklin County Jail for a probation violation and numerous pending warrants for unpaid citations and fines in addition to the DUI charge, troopers said.

The accident, which happened at 2:35 a.m. on Lincoln Highway near Black Bear Road, was investigated by Trooper Jeff Remeikas, troopers said.

When Netz, driving a Ford Mustang, attempted to pass a green truck, the driver of the truck, who was not identified, then sideswiped the car and both vehicles spun out of control, troopers said.

The truck left the accident scene and the vehicle Netz was driving came to rest in a front yard, where it was found disabled, troopers said.

Anyone with information about the accident may call Trooper Remeikas at the McConnellsburg station at 717-485-3131.

Authorities seek 15-year-old runaway

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Authorities are looking for a 15-year-old girl who ran away Friday afternoon from Extended Family Services in McConnellsburg, according to a press release from Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg.

Angel Lynn Keller of McConnellsburg last was seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, white blouse and white sneakers and was carrying a light blue cotton bag, troopers said.

Angel is about 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has blonde hair, troopers said.

Anyone with information about Angel's whereabouts may call Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg at 717-485-3131.

Police seek information in gun shop theft

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for information leading to the conviction of those involved in the theft of firearms and money from Runshaw's Gun Shop in Franklin County, Pa., according to a press release from Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg.

The theft happened between Wednesday at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 8 a.m., troopers said.

The Lurgan Township business was entered by force through a rear door, troopers said.

An unspecified number of firearms and an undetermined amount of money was taken, troopers said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at 1-800-283-4867 or Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg at 717-264-5161.

Rifle found in field

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A loaded .22-caliber rifle was found in a field on private property in the area of Commerce Avenue near Commerce Industrial Park on Saturday at 11 a.m., according to a Greencastle Police Department press release.

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