Police briefs - Aug. 1

August 01, 2011

Two Middletown teenagers charged in vandalism, graffiti spree

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Two Middletown teenagers have been charged with various offenses after a string of vandalism and graffiti in the Braddock Heights area, according to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

From July 15 to 25, the sheriff’s office took 13 reports of vandalism and graffiti, most of them at night, according to a news release.

Graffiti was found on roadways, residential and commercial properties, public buildings, sidewalks and mailboxes, the release said.

Roads where vandalism and graffiti were reported included Cherry Lane, Jefferson Boulevard and Schley Avenue, the release said.

A 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property over $500, seven counts of malicious destruction of property under $500, conspiracy to commit malicious destruction of property over $500 and conspiracy to commit malicious destruction of property under $500, the release said.  

One of the boys also was charged with two counts of second-degree malicious burning for setting a mailbox on fire, the release said.

The boys were referred to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.


Bicycles stolen in Washington County returned to owners

WILLIAMSPORT — Three stolen bicycles were returned to their owners Monday after a Washington County Sheriff’s Department deputy found a group of teenagers riding the stolen bikes, which were hitting a parked vehicle at the intersection of Potomac and Vermont streets in Williamsport on Sunday night, Deputy Howard Ward said.

The names of the teenagers were not released because they are juveniles, Ward said.

The parked vehicle had minor damage, he said.

 — Heather Keels

Car strikes motorcycle; Myersville woman taken to hospital

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. — One woman was taken to the hospital after a car struck the back of a motorcycle on U.S. 522 in Bethel Township, Pa., Sunday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The crash happened at about 8:45 a.m. as James Wallace, 49, and Kelly Wallace, 41, both of Myersville, Md., were headed south on U.S. 522 on a 2004 Harley Davidson cruiser, state police said in a news release.

James Wallace, the driver of the motorcycle, slowed due to a dog on the roadway, and a Ford Escort struck the back of the motorcycle, police said.

The Wallaces had minor injuries and Kelly Wallace was taken to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, police said.

The driver of the Ford, Jeremy Woolford, 19, of Warfordsburg, Pa., was cited for following too closely, police said.

Neb. woman injured when motorcycle overturns in Fulton County

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — A woman from Nebraska was injured Thursday when a motorcycle overturned on Lincoln Way East near McConnellsburg, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

The crash happened at about 6:45 p.m. as Daniel Marshall, 53, and Denise Marshall, 54, of Harvard, Neb., were headed east on Lincoln Way East on a 2007 Harley Davidson with an attached trailer, at a speed of about 10 mph, police said.

While going around a right curve near U.S. 30, the trailer began to jackknife due to wet road conditions and Daniel Marshall was unable to regain control of the trailer before the motorcycle overturned onto its left side, police said.

Denise Marshall, the passenger, had minor injuries and was taken to Fulton County Medical Center, where she was later released, police said.

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