Police briefs - March 30

March 30, 2012
  • This tractor-trailer headed westbound on Interstate 70 went off the highway and became stuck in the median Friday morning. Traffic was not affected.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

Scrap metal totaling an estimated $5,700 stolen in two incidents

Thieves netted an estimated $5,700 earlier this week in two scrap metal thefts, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lt. Mark Knight said the sheriff’s office doesn’t believe the thefts were related.

“But then again, who knows?” he said. “Everyone’s stealing metal.”

The first theft was reported at 8:25 a.m. Thursday in the 16500 block of Virginia Avenue, where tube steel valued at $4,500 was taken, the sheriff’s office said.

The second theft was reported on Haywood Circle near Funkstown and involved about $1,200 worth of copper.

Knight said the sheriff’s office doesn’t have suspects in either case.

Thefts, attempted burglary reported in Washington County

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

  • At 8:21 a.m., an attempted burglary was reported in the 16700 block of Edward Doub Road.
  • At 8:25 a.m., about $4,500 of tube steel was reported stolen in the 16500 block of Virginia Avenue.
  • At 10:05 a.m., a purse snatcher was reported on Cole Road.
  • At 1 p.m., about $1,200 of copper was reported stolen on Haywood Circle near Funkstown.
  • At 2:43 p.m., a baseball player lawn ornament was reported stolen in the 200 block of South Conococheague Street.
  • At 3:53 p.m., a registration plate was reported stolen from a motorcycle in the 13300 block of Hunter Hill Drive.
  • At 4:06 p.m., a stuffed animal was reported stolen at Valley Mall.
  • At 5:58 p.m., two video games were reported stolen from the Target store on Cole Road.
  • At 7:06 p.m., a 53-foot semi trailer was reported stolen in the 11600 block of Hopewell Road.

Tractor-trailer gets stuck in I-70 median


A tractor-trailer ran off the roadway on Interstate 70 between the Downsville Pike (Md. 632/Exit 28) and Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65/Exit 29) exits Friday morning and became stuck in the median, Maryland State Police said.

Due to rush-hour traffic, the truck remained in the median until later Friday morning, police said. 

There were no injuries, according to police.

The accident did not affect morning rush-hour traffic, as no lanes needed to be closed, police said.

The tractor-trailer was heading westbound on I-70, a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said.

Police responded to the indcident at 6:07 a.m. 

Franklin County Emergency Services report

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


  • At 7:45 p.m., a brush fire was reported in the 10100 block of Shimpstown Road in Montgomery Township.


  • At 1:12 a.m., a traffic accident was reported in the 2100 block of Williamson Road in Antrim Township.
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