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Police, Fire Dogs Check Car in Churchville

A police dog alerted to the presence of weaponry or contraband Wednesday night.

cordoned off the BB&T Bank in Churchville Wednesday evening after a police dog alerted law enforcement to the possible presence of weapons or explosives in a parked car.

Wednesday afternoon police handled a call involving a suspicious person trespassing in the Churchville area, said , sheriff's office spokeswoman.

Deputies later went to BB&T Bank in the area MD Routes 22 and 136 Wednesday evening to check the car of the suspicious person, Worrell said.

A police dog checked the car around 7:45 p.m. and alerted police to the presence of an unknown substance. Worrell explained the dog could have alerted to any number of things, from bullets to gas or explosives.

"Based on information from the earlier incident the state fire marshal was called in as well," Worrell said.

Deputy state fire marshals brought with their own dog to further check the vehicle. The second dog did not detect anything out of the ordinary, according to Worrell.

"At this time no one is believed to be in danger," Worrell said.

There were no traffic disruptions on routes 22 or 136 due to the incident.

Police and deputy fire marshals left the scene around 10:15 p.m.

Stick with Patch for updates.

DeDe August 09, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Wonder what this person was doing to make him/her to be considered 'suspicious'? And I must say that I find a police dog that alerts police to the presence of an 'unknown substance' to be pretty funny. Maybe the 'suspicious person' had his/her carryout dinner in the car??
Kirsten Dize August 09, 2012 at 03:41 AM
The individual was "exhibiting suspicious behavior," Worrell said. When I get a copy of the police report I can tell you more. That should be tomorrow. -KD
Joe August 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
There was a chopper flying real low this morning all up 155 and in Churchville, wonder if this is associated with this?
maseis1 August 09, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Just what we need. Another story with the word "weapon" in the headline and no real confirmation of such item. Really?? The dog could alert to gas. Imagine that, its a car with gas in it. Sarcasm intended...

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