Police briefs - Dec. 29

December 28, 2010

Interstate 81 traffic stalled by accident

Southbound traffic on Interstate 81 near the bridge over the Potomac River was backed up for about an hour and a half Tuesday night following a two-vehicle crash, according to a Maryland State Police spokesman.

The driver of a GMC Envoy slowed down to allow traffic to enter the interstate from the Williamsport and Md. 68 entrance ramp when the Envoy was struck by a Chevrolet Cobalt about 8 p.m., Trooper Robert Care said.

The Envoy overturned and landed on its roof, and the Cobalt went into the median, struck a guardrail and came back onto the interstate, coming to rest on the shoulder of the slow lane, Care said.

A 2-year-old passenger in the Envoy and the child's grandmother were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Care said.

Traffic was backed up past Interstate 70 after the crash, Care said.

Deputies looking for missing county teen

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a 17-year-old boy who was reported missing from his home in the 9900 block of St. Roberts Drive on Dec. 23.

Chima Daniel Ezidinma is described as being black, with black hair, brown eyes, weighing 160 pounds and being 5-feet, 11 inches tall, police said.

He was wearing blue jeans, a black leather jacket and white sneakers, police said.

Anyone with information about the location of Ezidinma can call the sheriff's office at 240-313-2100.


Reward offered in robbery of bondsmen

A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual who robbed Jim Frank's Bail Bonds at 37 W. Antietam St. on Dec. 22, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

A man entered the business about 4 a.m., showed a handgun, and demanded a wallet from an individual, city police said.

The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The suspect is described as black and was last seen wearing a black hat, black jacket and dark pants, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact Hagerstown Police Department's criminal investigation division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234. Information can also be e-mailed to

Tools stolen, vehicles damaged at Pa. business

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Various power tools were stolen from Valley Quarries at 3587 Stone Quarry Road after multiple buildings were broken into at the business Monday or Tuesday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

After taking the tools from the buildings, the suspects went into a quarry and broke into a utility truck and stole more tools, state police said.

Money was also stolen out of a soft-drink vending machine after it was smashed with a sledgehammer, and a window was also broken on a company truck, state police said.

Bolt cutters were used to break locks in the burglary, which occurred between 3:30 p.m. Monday and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, state police said.


Baseboard units stolen from Pa. property

 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — All baseboard heating units containing copper pipes were stolen from a property in the 7600 block of Nyesville Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The items were stolen between 4 p.m. on Christmas and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 26, state police said.

Copper theft has been a problem across the Tri-State area.

Anyone with information about the Nyesville Road theft can call state police at 717-264-5161.

Franklin County Emergency Services report

The following incidents were reported Tuesday by Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Services:

  • At 7:45 p.m., a chimney fire in the 7500 block of Anthony Highway in Quincy Township.
  • At 7:59 p.m., an auto accident in the 4400 block of Molly Pitcher Highway South in Guilford Township.
  • At 9:53 p.m., a carbon monoxide incident in the 300 block of South Church Street in Waynesboro.
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