Police briefs

May 18, 2010

Pa. State Police investigating bomb threat at Mowery Elementary School

QUINCY, Pa. -- A bomb threat Monday at Mowery Elementary School in Quincy Township was being investigated by Pennsylvania State Police.

The written threat was discovered outside the school at about 9 a.m. and school officials notified police, police said. Several troopers went to the school and searched inside and outside the building, but nothing suspicious was found, police said.

Children were taken into the gymnasium during the initial investigation, according to James Robertson, superintendent of the Waynesboro Area School District.

"Nothing was found," Robertson said. "We followed our protocol."

Children are prohibited from bringing their backpacks to school for the rest of the week, he said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call state police at 717-264-5161.

Buggy passenger injured after collision with vehicle

DRY RUN, Pa. -- The passenger in a buggy had a leg injury Saturday after a collision with a passenger vehicle in Fannett Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.


Jacob Kempf, 63, of Volant, Pa., was thrown from the buggy in the 11:38 a.m. accident near the intersection of Pa. 75 and Goshorn Road, police said. He was taken to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital, police said.

Daniel A. Byler, 16, of Dry Run, was driving the horse and buggy south when he attempted a left turn into a driveway without signaling, police said. A Mazda driven by Shawna R. Rotz, 32, of Spring Run, Pa., was southbound behind the horse and buggy, and was attempting to pass when the buggy turned into the path of the car, police said.

Byler jumped from the buggy and was unhurt, police said.

Neither driver was cited, police said.

Piggy bank with state quarters stolen from Guilford Township home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A brown piggy bank containing as much as $500 in state quarters was reported stolen from a Guilford Township home, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The piggy bank was taken from a home in the 2000 block of Country Road between May 10 and Sunday, police said.

Motorcyclist hurt after crash in Quincy Township

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A Waynesboro man had what Pennsylvania State Police described as moderate injuries Saturday night when the motorcycle he was riding crashed near the intersection of Mentzer Gap and Creager roads in Quincy Township.

Ryan Hight, no age or address given, was traveling south on Mentzer Gap Road at 10:10 p.m. when the 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster went off the roadway and into an orchard, police said.

Hight was taken to Waynesboro Hospital by an ambulance.

Mercersburg Market robbed at knifepoint

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- The Mercersburg Police Department was investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at Mercersburg Market at 19 N. Park St.

Police said a man armed with a knife walked into the store at 5:20 p.m. The robber threatened to stab a female employee if she did not hand over money from the cash register, police said.

The employee tossed the cash register drawer at the man, who ran out the door and headed north, police said.

The man was described as white, about 6 feet tall and weighing 210 to 230 pounds, police said. He was wearing a black ski mask, black shirt and white shoes, and he might have tattoos on his neck, police said. Anyone with information about the incident can call Mercersburg police at 717-328-3116, or e-mail

Weapons, camera stolen from Peters Township residence

FORT LOUDON, Pa. -- Several pistols, knives and a camera were stolen in a residential burglary last week in Peters Township, Pennsylvania State Police in Franklin County said.

The burglary occurred between May 10 and 14 in the 11000 block of Lincoln Way West, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 717-264-5161.

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