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Crime Watch - Nov. 10

November 09, 2011

Man, 19, charged with threatening to torch home

BOONSBORO — A young man has been charged with threatening to burn down a home earlier this week in Boonsboro, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said.
Brandon Ray Brooks, 19, whose address was not provided, was charged with threat of arson and telephone misuse, according to a fire marshal’s office news release.
A homeowner in the 15800 block of Keedysville Road in Boonsboro told investigators Friday that someone threatened to burn down his house, the release said. Authorities issued a warrant for Brooks’ arrest after an investigation revealed the threat was real.
 Brooks was arrested without incident Tuesday at Boonsboro High School, the release said. He was taken to Washington County Central Booking and released on his own recognizance.
If convicted, Brooks faces a maximum penalty of 13 years in prison and $10,500 in fines, the release said.
Maryland State Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Boonsboro police assisted with the investigation.

Vandals damage fence at Clear Spring Library
CLEAR SPRING — Vandals damaged a fence earlier this week at the Clear Spring Library, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
The incident was reported just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.
Lt. Mark Knight said vandals kicked in a fence that surrounds a Dumpster near the library.
He said deputies had no suspects as of Wednesday afternoon.

Halfway man’s phone stolen during assault
HALFWAY — A man’s cellphone was stolen during an assault Tuesday night in Halfway, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators believe the man might have been set up before the assault, which was reported at 11:47 p.m. in the 17500 block of Lincolnshire Road, Lt. Mark Knight said.
He said deputies have identified suspects, but charges had not been filed.
The victim suffered minor injuries, Knight said.

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