Police briefs - July 13

July 13, 2012

Vehicles rammed in Frederick; Smithsburg man charged

A Smithsburg man has been charged with repeatedly ramming parked vehicles Friday in Frederick, Md., the Frederick Police Department said.

Michael Eugene Hartman Jr., 28, of Catoctin Road in Smithsburg, was charged with driving under the influence, hit and run, and malicious destruction of property, according to a police department news release.

Police said they received a call shortly after 1 a.m. Friday for a car that was ramming a Nissan Altima and a Chevrolet Blazer that were parked on Vienna Court in Frederick. The vehicles were struck with enough force to turn them sideways in their parking spaces, police said.

A witness gave police a description of the car and told officers that it left the area on Willowdale Drive, according to the release.

Officers said they spotted the vehicle turn from Willowdale onto U.S. 40, traveling east in the westbound lanes. Police stopped the vehicle after it made a U-turn.

Police said the car had heavy rear-end damage and a broken-out rear window.

Police alleged that Hartman failed a field-sobriety test and said he was taken into custody.

Faulty wiring blamed for vehicle fire

MAUGANSVILLE — An electrical failure in wiring started a fire that caused $3,000 to a sport-utility vehicle Thursday afternoon on Cearfoss Pike, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

The incident was reported at 3:19 in the 14200 block of Cearfoss Pike, according to a state fire marshal’s office news release.

Authorities said the fire was caused by faulty wiring in the driver's side dashboard of a 1992 GMC SUV.

Firefighters from the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. took about five minutes to get the fire under control, the release said.

No one was injured.

Vandalism reported in Franklin County

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police said they are investigating several acts of vandalism
that were reported early Thursday morning in Franklin County.

The criminal activity is believed to have occurred between 4 and 5 a.m. on Big Dipper Lane, and on Constellation, Galaxy and Sundown drives in Greene Township, according to a state police news release.

Troopers said tires were slashed and someone spray painted a house, cars and garage doors. In addition, flowers were ripped out and lawn furniture was scattered.

Anyone with information may call state police at 717-264-5161.

Man accidentally shoots himself in leg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A 30-year-old man was treated for non-lifethreatening injuries after he accidentally shot himself in the leg early Thursday morning in Peters Township, according to a state police news release.

The incident was reported at 2:59 a.m. at 3599 Lemar Road, where the man shot himself in the lower leg with a .32-caliber pistol, according to a state police news release.

Troopers said the man, whose name was not released, was taken by St. Thomas Fire/EMS to Chambersburg Hospital.

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