Police briefs - Feb. 15

February 15, 2012

Man charged with failing to register as sex offender

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Waynesboro man has been charged with failing to register as a sex offender, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Philip W. Crawford Jr., 39, of Waynesboro, was charged with failure to comply with the registration of sexual offenders requirements, according to a state police news release.

Troopers said Crawford failed to report his change of address last month.

Hagerstown tire slashings probably related

Nearly 20 incidents of tires being slashed on vehicles in the city earlier in the month are probably related, a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman said Wednesday.


Police said 17 of the tire slashings were reported on Feb. 5.

One was reported Feb. 6 on North Magnolia Avenue, and another was reported on Feb. 7 at the Copy Quick at 710 Oak Hill Avenue, according to city police reports.

Lt. Tom Langston said police have some good leads in the investigation.

Of the 17 that were reported on Feb. 5, six were reported on Wayside Avenue; six on North Mulberry Street; three on Woodland Way; one on Belview Avenue; and one on Randolph Avenue, the reports said.

Anyone with information about crimes can call city police at 301-790-3700.

— Dave McMillion

Hagerstown man charged after brief chase

A Hagerstown man police allege was riding an off-road motorcycle through the city was charged following a brief chase that ended in a crash Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief Arthur Smith said.

Travonte Boyd, 18, of 17422 Maple Leaf Court, was charged with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, police said.

Smith said officers started chasing Boyd at about 6 p.m. after they saw him “pop a wheelie” on a dirt bike as he was riding south on Potomac Street.

“He was kind of asking to get pulled over,” Smith said.

He said the chase ended a short time later when Boyd crashed into a parked car near the intersection of Church and Potomac streets.

Paramedics were called to treat Boyd for minor injuries.

Police have received calls in the past complaining about someone riding a dirt bike in the area where Boyd was caught, Smith said.

Two, including police officer, injured in crash

Two people, including a Hagerstown police officer, were taken to Meritus Medical Center when a car collided with a city police cruiser Monday night at Salem and Stratford avenues, police Chief Arthur Smith said Tuesday.

“The cars were heavily damaged,” Smith said. “Both persons were injured, but they weren’t badly hurt.”

The accident occurred Monday at 9:54 p.m., when a 2002 Hyundai being driven by Maria Modresky, 19, of Elk Ridge, Md., attempted to turn left onto Salem Avenue from Stratford Avenue, according to a police department news release.

Police said the Hyundai pulled into the path of a cruiser being driven west on Salem Avenue by Officer Chris Buterbaugh.

Officers closed Salem Avenue in the area of the accident for about an hour, according to the release.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports incidents

The following incidents were reported by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:


• At 8:16 a.m., an attempted burglary was reported in the 6100 block of Business Parkway.

• At 8:39 a.m., an attempted identification theft was reported in the 100 block of Parkway Drive.

• At 10:06 a.m., a shoplifter was reported in the 17100 block of Virginia Avenue.

• At 11:04 a.m., theft of a vehicle registration plate was reported between Sharpsburg and Frog Eye Road.


• At 6:08 a.m., a window was reported broken at a business in the 200 block of West Main Street.

Franklin County Emergency Services report

The following incident was reported Tuesday by Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Services:

• At 4:02 p.m., a traffic accident at Philadelphia Avenue and Commerce Street in Chambersburg.

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