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January 24, 2012
A Hagerstown man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after he backed a pickup truck into a Maryland State Police car Tuesday on Shank Farm Way off Leitersburg Pike, state police said. Michael Wyatt Pettit, 64, of Little Elliott Drive was charged in the incident, according to a news release from Cpl. Chris Barnard. Pettit, driving a Dodge Dakota, turned right from a Weis Market about 8:54 a.m., and north on Shank Farm Way, the release said. The truck crossed into the southbound lane and nearly struck an unmarked state police car. It then swerved back into the northbound lane and passed the unmarked police car, the release said.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | February 1, 2007
An 8-year-old boy has been charged with assaulting his school bus driver, pulling a gearshift of the moving bus and then trying to break out of a moving police cruiser after his arrest, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department press release. The boy, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, was charged with resisting arrest, school: disturbing operations and attempting to manipulate vehicle device with malicious intent, according to the release. The alleged series of incidents occurred after the boy got into an altercation with a classmate while the two were being transported on Bus 399 on Tuesday about 3:15 p.m. in the area of Md. 64 and Trovinger Mill Road, deputies said.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | October 19, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Former Martinsburg High School football standout Brandon Barrett was charged over the weekend with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana after police pulled his car over for erratic driving, court records state. Barrett, 19, of 111 Centre St., Martinsburg, was arraigned on the two misdemeanor charges and released on $5,000 bond. He asked that an attorney be appointed to represent him, records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court state.
NEWS
August 29, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A 27-year-old Chambersburg man was charged with indecent exposure after two women reported seeing a naked man posing along Pa. 995 Saturday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Two 20-year-old women were heading north in the 1000 block of Warm Spring Road, also known as Pa. 995, around 11 p.m. Saturday when they saw a naked man posing against a sign along the roadway, according to an affidavit of probable cause from state police. The women weren't sure what they had seen at first, so they turned around and went back, police said.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | October 4, 2007
It took a phone call from a girlfriend for authorities to identify an "uncooperative and belligerent" auto theft suspect who led police on a high-speed chase, spit on a police car and gave two false names over the course of his arrest early Wednesday morning, a Maryland State Police trooper said in charging documents. Richard Dane Small, 22, of 412 Reynolds Ave. in Hagerstown, faces charges that include unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, speeding, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, giving a false name to police, and failure to display license and registration on demand, according to Washington County District Court documents.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
A Washington County Sheriff's Office officer hit a guardrail on Interstate 81 on Tuesday morning in an accident that might have been caused by icy conditions, officials said. Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said it appears Tim Atwell encountered black ice when his police car went into the guardrail. Atwell's vehicle sustained minor damage and Atwell was not hurt, according to Mullendore. The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. at about the 10-mile marker on southbound I-81, a Washington County 911 supervisor said.
NEWS
July 20, 2005
A Hagerstown Police detective who saw a man walking on North Potomac Street on Tuesday with a ladies' purse - and a woman following him, crying and pointing - stopped and arrested the man, police said. Detective Shawn Schultz was driving an unmarked police car south in the 400 block of North Potomac Street at about 10 a.m. Police said he saw David Charles Thomas Jr., 66, carrying a black purse. As he looked through the purse, Thomas took out a blue change wallet and put into his pants pocket, police said in a news release.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | December 2, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man is accused of leading police on a chase early Saturday morning that did not stop even after his car collided with a patrol car, Martinsburg Police said. Curtis Lee Smith, 22, of 74 Tamarac St., was being held without bond Saturday at the Eastern Regional Jail. The chase began about 1:35 a.m., when the driver of a red 1988 Pontiac Grand Am with no brake lights refused to stop, police said. As one police car gave chase, the Grand Am was hit broadside by a second police car at the intersection of Burke and Spring streets after failing to stop at a stop sign, police said.
NEWS
February 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- North Hagerstown High School was placed on lockdown Friday while police apprehended a 14-year-old who was wanted by the Department of Juvenile Services, police and school officials said. The lockdown began shortly before noon and was lifted at 1 p.m. At about 12:30 p.m., Hagerstown Police escorted a young man from the school in handcuffs and took him away in a police car. Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said the wanted juvenile was not a student at North Hagerstown High School and was not authorized to be there.
NEWS
November 18, 2008
32-inch TV stolen from Chambersburg Wal-Mart CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating the theft of a 32-inch Sony Bravia HDTV from Wal-Mart on Saturday. The television was stolen from the store at 1730 Lincoln Way East at about 1:30 p.m., police said. A man described as 6 feet tall and 215 pounds with a light-brown complexion fled with the television in a 1990s model gold Ford or Mercury with a temporary West Virginia registration of 321-782. The man was wearing black pants, a black jacket with a white logo on the back, a black baseball cap and a white T-shirt, police said.
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NEWS
August 28, 2013
Three people were taken to the hospital after a car was struck by a Boonsboro Police Department sport-utility vehicle Tuesday afternoon on Shepherdstown Pike near Monroe Road, Boonsboro Police Chief Charles Stanford said Wednesday. The accident happened at about 3:45 p.m., when a Chevrolet Tahoe being driven east on Shepherdstown Pike by Officer Shawn Faith made a U-turn to stop a westbound vehicle, Stanford said. He said the Chevrolet struck a Honda that was approaching behind the Chevrolet from the east.
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NEWS
May 16, 2013
Hagerstown Police Department detectives would be allowed to drive their unmarked police vehicles home under a proposal Chief Mark Holtzman made during a Tuesday work session of the City Council. Each of the department's six detectives get called in while off duty an average of 21 times a year, Holtzman told the council. Allowing them to drive the unmarked vehicles home would mean they could respond to a crime scene without first having to switch their personal vehicles for a police car at headquarters, he said.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
A Washington County Sheriff's Office officer hit a guardrail on Interstate 81 on Tuesday morning in an accident that might have been caused by icy conditions, officials said. Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said it appears Tim Atwell encountered black ice when his police car went into the guardrail. Atwell's vehicle sustained minor damage and Atwell was not hurt, according to Mullendore. The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. at about the 10-mile marker on southbound I-81, a Washington County 911 supervisor said.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2013
The driver of a box truck that police believed was involved Sunday in a hit-and-run crash in Williamsport fled from police after an officer pulled the truck over on Greencastle Pike just north of Williamsport, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman. After the officer stopped the driver at about 2:10 p.m., the box truck went backward and struck a sheriff's department cruiser, moving it about 5 feet, Sgt. Robert Whittington said. No police officers were injured when the truck rolled into the police car, police said.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 29, 2013
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals said in a 2011 judgment that a driver could not be charged for fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer if that officer was in an unmarked car with lights or sirens. Del Neil Parrott, R-Washington, said Tuesday that he will file a bill that seeks to clarify the issue so that those fleeing such a vehicle can be criminally charged. Sen. Christopher Shank, R-Washington, has filed a similar bill in the State Senate. “If they (law enforcement officers)
NEWS
February 18, 2012
A Smithsburg man was charged with driving under the influence and other counts after his vehicle struck a Maryland State Police patrol car Saturday morning in Frederick County, Md., according to a news release from state police in Frederick. Robert John Gery, 19, was charged with DUI, negligent driving and other offenses in the incident, which occurred Saturday at 4:31 a.m. on Raven Rock Road south of Buck Lantz Road, troopers said. Trooper First Class David Zanoni sustained nonlife-threatening injuries in the crash, troopers said.
NEWS
January 24, 2012
A Hagerstown man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after he backed a pickup truck into a Maryland State Police car Tuesday on Shank Farm Way off Leitersburg Pike, state police said. Michael Wyatt Pettit, 64, of Little Elliott Drive was charged in the incident, according to a news release from Cpl. Chris Barnard. Pettit, driving a Dodge Dakota, turned right from a Weis Market about 8:54 a.m., and north on Shank Farm Way, the release said. The truck crossed into the southbound lane and nearly struck an unmarked state police car. It then swerved back into the northbound lane and passed the unmarked police car, the release said.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 1, 2011
A Virginia man who police allege robbed the Susquehanna Bank on Frederick Street in Hagerstown Thursday morning was caught after a brief car chase that leveled fences and ended in a field behind Bester Elementary School. Carl Whited, 44, of 168 Rocky Road in Luray, Va., was charged with robbery, armed robbery, assault, reckless endangerment, theft, damage to property, possession of stolen property and failure of vehicle driver to stop after unattended property damage accident, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2011
Two West Virginia men were in police custody Sunday afternoon following a police pursuit that reached 100 mph and stemmed from an attempted burglary call east of Saint James, south of Hagerstown, Washington County Deputy Alan Matheny said. The suspects fled in a red Kia van that hit at least one vehicle during the pursuit, Matheny said. No one was injured in that accident, police said. The accident occurred at the intersection of Sharpsburg Pike and Lappans Road by the AC&T store, Matheny said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 22, 2011
Hagerstown Police Department officials say they hope the city’s recent purchase of three off-road motorcycles will help beef up patrols in back alleys and other areas that are too small for police cars to maneuver. Capt. Mark Holtzman said the motorcycles will allow the officers to more effectively patrol alleys, railroad property and several city parks. “It allows the officers to reach areas of the city that don’t get patrolled on a regular basis,” he said. Holtzman said the police department used confiscated drug money to purchase three Suzuki 400s for about $6,000 each from Twigg Cycles on Edgewood Drive.
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