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November 8, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said they are investigating the theft of copper wire at 5380 Manheim Road in Chambersburg. Someone took copper wire from Allegheny Power sometime between Sept. 1 and Nov. 3, police said in a news release.
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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 30, 2011
Theft of copper pipe from properties continues to be a problem in Hagerstown and a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman is asking for the public’s help in solving the crimes. On Dec. 6, Hagerstown Police said copper pipe was stolen from 15 to 20 homes in the city. Now there have been 26 copper thefts in the city and like some of the previous cases, the recent ones have resulted in water damage because people breaking into the properties did not turn off water service before cutting pipes, said Capt.
NEWS
September 21, 2007
Works on metal and canvas by African-American artist Jamall Sheats. Reception noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Continues through Sunday, Oct. 28. Just Lookin' Gallery, 40 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free.
NEWS
December 7, 2012
A Berkeley County man is accused of stealing about 1,500 pounds of copper from the Quad/Graphics printing plant, which is near his Martinsburg area home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Peter Alan Mynhier Jr., of 483 Gantt Drive, was arraigned one count of grand larceny Thursday evening by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, according to court documents. Mynhier, 30, along with two other defendants, Jessica Marie Ryan, 25, of 946 Tomahawk Run Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., and Patrick Nelson Drury Jr., 39, of 424 Oak Hill Road, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., also were arraigned by Humphrey on charges of distribution of heroin and conspiracy in a separate case, according to court documents.
NEWS
January 13, 2012
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for whoever stole about $9,000 worth of copper from the Sprint tower site in the 16900 block of Virginia Avenue between Hagerstown and Williamsport. The thefts were reported between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to a sheriff's office news release. Lt. Mark Knight said Friday that the sheriff's office didn't have any suspects. Thieves also recently took copper from cellphone tower sites in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Police reported Wednesday that someone cut through the fence of the Intelos and Shentel communications site in the 14200 block of Rocking Mill Lane in Antrim Township and stole about 324 feet of copper wire.
NEWS
February 18, 2011
A man accused of buying copper with a stolen credit card has been charged with theft and credit-card theft, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Allen Jin Ho Young, 30, address unavailable, was charged with theft of less than $100 and credit-card theft of more than $500, according to a sheriff's office news release. Deputy Matthew Sullivan said he was called to the area of Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway on Thursday afternoon for a report of a man cutting copper and loading it into a vehicle.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 9, 2011
A 22-year-old man accused of stealing an air conditioner and copper parts from other air conditioners in the Martinsburg area was arrested Friday, according to charging  documents. Claude Joseph Hartman Jr., aka "CJ," was arraigned Friday afternoon by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on three felony counts of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny, the court documents said. Hartman, who was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on a $40,000 bond Friday evening, was identified from surveillance video and photographs, according to court documents and jail records.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | September 22, 2006
CASCADE - PenMar Development Corp. employees noticed something odd about the corporation's office building when they arrived at work several weeks ago. After a closer inspection, they realized the building at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base known as "the castle" was missing its gutters. A drive around the base revealed that the gutters and downspouts were missing from five other buildings, including some of the property's historic stone buildings. The items were a target because they were copper, PenMar officials said.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | August 7, 2008
A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty in June to stripping copper groundwire from utility poles was given a suspended sentence and two years of probation Monday, Washington County District Court records show. Jeffrey Lynn Morris, 42, of 102 Harvard Road, was ordered to complete 60 hours of community service and to repay Allegheny Power $3,460.60 in monthly installments of $200, court records show. Charging documents say Morris cut ground wire from 13 poles along Howell Road, which runs between Edgewood Drive and Mount Aetna Road, on April 16. One resident reported seeing a man use a ladder to cut wire from a pole and contacted Allegheny Power.
NEWS
August 13, 2008
Lost -- Miniature pinscher. Where -- The dog was lost on Warner Hollow Road in Smithsburg. When -- The dog has been missing since Saturday. Description -- The male dog is black and copper. It weighs approximately 15 pounds. It answers to the name Spencer. Phone number -- If you have seen this dog, call 301-824-4468 or 240-217-0356.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to stealing copper wire and pipes from an unoccupied building, but will face a hearing later to determine whether he owes more than $114,000 in restitution. “I'm just concerned about the restitution. I don't agree with that,” Roger Brandon Bushby told Washington County Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer. Bushby, 36, of Spruce Street in Hagerstown pleaded guilty to theft of $1,000 to $10,000 and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, with all but 18 months suspended.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
The disruption of Internet service for thousands of Frontier Communications customers in the Eastern Panhandle was apparently caused by copper thieves, according to a company spokesman. “They thought it was copper and found that it wasn't,” Frontier spokesman Dan Page said, minutes after service began to be restored Wednesday afternoon to about 20,000 customers in Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and Hampshire counties. The fiber optic cable cut occurred about 16 miles from Martinsburg in a remote area, Page said.
NEWS
December 16, 2012
19-year-old Hustontown, Pa., woman sexually assaulted McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 19-year-old Hustontown, Pa., woman told police she was raped on a McConnellsburg street Friday, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The woman said she was walking along South 7th Street when a large unknown male forced her from the road and sexually assaulted her in a dark area between two homes between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police said. The male then fled the scene, state police said.
NEWS
December 7, 2012
A Berkeley County man is accused of stealing about 1,500 pounds of copper from the Quad/Graphics printing plant, which is near his Martinsburg area home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Peter Alan Mynhier Jr., of 483 Gantt Drive, was arraigned one count of grand larceny Thursday evening by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, according to court documents. Mynhier, 30, along with two other defendants, Jessica Marie Ryan, 25, of 946 Tomahawk Run Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., and Patrick Nelson Drury Jr., 39, of 424 Oak Hill Road, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., also were arraigned by Humphrey on charges of distribution of heroin and conspiracy in a separate case, according to court documents.
NEWS
November 9, 2012
Two Hagerstown men have been charged in connection with the theft of copper wire from trucks of a utility company which had come to Washington County to help the region deal with the after effects of Hurricane Sandy last month, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. Timothy Blake Miller, 21, of 17548 Gay St., and Richard Dalton Vanes, 20, of 17328 Diane Drive, are each charged with rogue and vagabond, theft between $1,000 and $10,000, burglary tools, conspiracy to commit rogue and vagabond and conspiracy to commit theft, according to a news release from Carly Hose, public information officer for the sheriff's office.
NEWS
October 30, 2012
An electric utility company that helped local electrical crews deal with the damage from what had been Hurricane Sandy reported that copper wire was stolen off their trucks while they were parked near Railway Lane, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman. Pike Electric had five trucks parked at the Ramada Plaza Sunday night, said Lt. Tom Newton. Pike Electric crews reported Monday morning that wire had been stolen from trucks parked at the motel, Newton said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2012
Four people have been charged in the theft of more than 400 pounds of copper wire from multiple electric power substations in Berkeley County since August, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Justin William Harrison, 25, of Inwood, W.Va., and Samantha Jo Wingard, 18, and Dillon Alexander Nusbaum, 20, both of Hedgesville, W.Va., were arraigned this week on charges of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, according to court documents. Harrison is charged with three felony counts of conspiracy and Wingard and Nusbaum each were charged with two counts, according to court document.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION and DON AINES | davem@herald-mail.com | May 15, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge Tuesday gave a Smithsburg man a three-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay $1,000 in restitution in connection with the theft of 200 pounds of copper wire from a Potomac Edison substation last year that caused about $8,000 in damages, according to court records. Judge W. Kennedy Boone III also placed Michael Steven Bray, 31, on three-years' probation. Bray was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary Tuesday.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION and DAN DEARTH | davem@herald-mail.com | May 15, 2012
A search has been suspended for a man who jumped into the Potomac River Monday night near Berkeley Springs after fleeing from police who were investigating a copper theft, Morgan County Sheriff Vincent Shambaugh said Tuesday. K-9 units searched both sides of the river, and officers also looked around train cars in the area after the man disappeared Monday night, Shambaugh said. Maryland State Police searched the Potomac River area Tuesday morning from Hancock down to the Big Pool area but did not see anything, Shambaugh said.
NEWS
January 17, 2012
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating two separate copper thefts that were reported Monday. The first theft was reported at about 12:59 p.m. in the 7100 block of Sharsburg Pike, where copper was stolen from a residence, according to a sheriff's office news release. The second theft was reported at 4:02 p.m. in the 12600 block of Bradbury Avenue in Smithsburg. Deputies said the incident in Smithsburg involved the theft of copper pipe and wire. There was no estimate of the copper's value in either case.
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