Prop­erty owner of­fers $500 re­ward

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Shar­rin McGrane Jones of Love Point re­cently re­turned home to find the out­build­ing that main­tains her home’s elec­tric, wa­ter pump and bath­room fa­cil­i­ties de­stroyed. Jones had been away on busi­ness that week, but neigh­bors told her a loud crash was heard some­time be­tween 9 and 10 p.m. Thurs­day night, Aug. 10.

The prop­erty, at the very end of River view Road, lit­er­ally “the point” of Love Point, where the Ch­ester River meets the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, has been owned by her fam­ily since her late fa­ther, Saul McGrane, pur­chased it in 1972. The prop­erty at that time had a large seven bed­room, wooden, twos­tory home on it with a cou­ple out build­ings, all built in 1906 by the orig­i­nal owner. The main house caught fire in 1985 and burned to the ground.

A new, sim­pler home was added to the prop­erty the next year.

Of the crash, the driver ap­peared to be at­tempt­ing “donuts” at a high rate of speed in the yard, ap­par­ently un­aware of the out­build­ing in the dark­ness, and in the sec­ond loop, crashed di­rectly into the out­build­ing, knock­ing it about 10 inches off its foun­da­tion and leav­ing the build­ing un­sta­ble. Parts of the ve­hi­cle were left be­hind, but it ap­pears the driver may have cleaned up some of the ve­hi­cle de­bris.

The out­build­ing is a to­tal loss and will have to be razed and re­moved, Jones said. Cost es­ti­mates for re­mov­ing and re­plac­ing it are over $25,000.

Jones is of­fer­ing a $500 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion that leads to the ar­rest of the in­di­vid­ual(s) re­spon­si­ble. She has spo­ken to many of her neigh­bors and a re­port of the in­ci­dent was filed with the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, which is con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“I feel like I’ve been vi­o­lated that some­one, tres­pass­ing, has come onto our prop­erty and de­stroyed some­thing that meant a great deal to me. I grew up as a child play­ing in this small build­ing. It was the only thing left from the orig­i­nal home my fa­ther had pur­chased,” Jones said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at 410-758-0770.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Love Point prop­erty owner Shar­rin Jones is at a loss as to why some­one drove into her out­build­ing late Thurs­day night, Aug. 10.

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