Police log

February 24, 1997

Two MCTC inmates stabbed

Two Maryland Correctional Training Center inmates were stabbed early Sunday as they left the dining hall to return to their housing units, Maryland State Police said.

Eric Gillums, 26, was taken to Washington County Hospital shortly after the 5:15 a.m. incident.

Hospital records showed Gillums was treated and later released back to the infirmary at the Maryland Correctional Institution, located across the road from MCTC, according to Maxine Eldridge, spokesman for the Maryland Division of Correction.

The other inmate was treated at the MCTC infirmary, police said.

Trooper First Class Mike Potter said the investigation is still in the early stages and it hasn't been determined if the stabbings were related or two separate attacks.


No inmates have been identified yet as being involved in the stabbings.

One homemade weapon was recovered, Potter said..

Man faces drug, gun charges

A Gapland Road man was charged after a Sunday evening traffic incident in which a handgun was displayed, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

Terry Wayne Shaff, 32, was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia following the 9:30 p.m. incident, deputies said.

Sgt. Doug Mullendore said Shaff was in one of the vehicles and another person was in a second vehicle on Hoffmaster Road in Sandy Hook around 9:30 p.m.

One vehicle allegedly cut the other off, Mullendore said.

Shaff was found to be in possession of a loaded, semiautomatic .22-caliber handgun, deputies alleged.

Man charged with assaulting wife

A Hagerstown man was charged with drug offenses early Monday after police responded to his home on a domestic violence call.

Lou Aaron Otzelberger, 36, of 1136 Pope Ave., was charged with possession of an unlabeled prescription drug and with second-degree assault of his wife, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting an appearance before a District Court commissioner.

Man accidentally shoots himself

A Hagerstown man was treated at Washington County Hospital Saturday night after he accidentally shot himself in the arm around 9:30 p.m., according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

Daniel John Anthony, 57, of 9739 Larkspur Lane, was released from the hospital after treatment, hospital officials said.

Anthony told deputies the gun fell out of the holster and went off.

Thieves hit storage bins

Thieves hit 27 bins at The Storage Bin at 915 Eldridge Drive over the weekend, Hagerstown City Police said.

Bolt cutters were used to get through the fence and into the bins, police said.

Some property was undisturbed while other patrons said they lost bicycles and electronic equipment.

Cyclists recovering from accidents

Five local residents who were injured in three separate motorcycle accidents recently were still recuperating at area hospitals Monday.

James L. Beard, 37, of Greencastle, Pa., was injured Thursday on the Dual Highway. His condition was listed as serious Monday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Early Saturday morning, two Frederick, Md., cyclists were hurt after the operator lost control exiting U.S. 15, according to Maryland State Police.

David C. Dalton, 37, of Frederick, had improved to serious condition Monday morning, according to a Shock Trauma Center spokesman.

Kimberly M. Taylor, 39, of Frederick, remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Shock Trauma, the spokesman said.

Two Big Cove Tannery residents were injured at 4:55 p.m. Sunday when their motorcycle collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Pa. 416 and Pa. 75 near Chambersburg, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

David E. Brubaker, 45, and his wife, Ruth, 32, were heading north on Pa. 416 on a 1985 Honda Goldwing motorcycle when they crossed into the path of a southbound 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck, police said.

They were flown to York Hospital, York, Pa., where they were both listed in satisfactory condition Monday, a hospital spokesman said.

The truck was driven by Dawn C. Lowans, 35, of 2689 Brooklyn Road, Mercersburg, Pa., police said.

Lowans and two passengers, Tasha Kay Pine, 15, and Samantha Jo King, 13, both of 2689 Brooklyn Road, Mercersburg, were treated for minor injuries at Chambersburg Hospital and released, police said.

Fire destroys W.Va. log house

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - Fire raced through an old two-story log house along Virginia Line Road Monday morning, according to fire officials.

The state Fire Marshal's office has been asked to investigate the blaze, said Bruce Chrisman, chief of the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department.

Chrisman said it appears the fire started at the front of the house, possibly outside. Fueled by winds, the fire spread quickly through the house, which was located about 1 1/2 miles south of Gerrardstown, Chrisman said.

"It's pretty much totaled," said Chrisman.

The people who lived in the house were not home at the time of the 10:20 a.m. fire, Chrisman said.

Fire burns about 5 acres in W.Va.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Fire scorched about 5 acres of farmland Monday morning just west of Charles Town, according to fire officials.

Officials believe the 9:30 a.m. fire along Earle Road between Summit Point and W.Va. 51 may have been caused by a spark from a burning barrel at a construction site, said William Willis, assistant chief of the Citizens Fire Co.

The fire threatened a nearby subdivision, but did not reach any homes, Willis said.

Six fire companies from Jefferson and Berkeley counties responded to the blaze, Willis said.

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