police log

March 06, 1997

Man sought in exposure case

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies are looking for a man driving a maroon Nissan truck who wrote a sexually explicit note to a woman shopper at Hagerstown Commons Tuesday evening and then followed her.

The man left the area when she did, flashing his lights and honking his horn as he followed her onto the Dual Highway around 8 p.m., deputies said.

When the woman pulled into a business parking lot, she said the man got out of his truck, dropped his pants and exposed himself to her, deputies said.


The man is described as white, medium height, chunky build with reddish blonde hair, deputies said.

3 people injured in 2-car accident

BARDANE, W.Va. - Three people were injured in a two-car accident Tuesday night on W.Va. 9 at Wiltshire Road, West Virginia State Police said.

John Webb, 24, of Leesburg, Va., was traveling east on W.Va. 9 when a 17-year-old Harpers Ferry, W.Va., girl failed to stop at a traffic sign, police said.

The girl was traveling north on Wiltshire Road when the cars collided at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Webb, and a passenger in his car, Chris Nordby, 24, of Leesburg, were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, police said. They were both listed in good condition on Wednesday.

The girl also was treated at the hospital and released. She was charged with failure to yield the right of way. Her name was not released because she is a juvenile, police said.

The accident was investigated by Senior Trooper D.W. Peal.

Van overturns, no serious injuries

MARION, Pa. - Four Franklin County residents escaped serious injury Wednesday when their van went off the southbound lane of Interstate 81 about one mile south of Pa. 914, state police said.

The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. when a travel trailer being towed by the van started weaving back and forth, police said. The trailer overturned when the van went off the road, police said.

The driver of the car was identified as Candice Dooney, 36, of Chambersburg. All of the occupants were wearing seatbelts, police said. One passenger suffered minor injuries, police said.

2 women charged with welfare fraud

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Franklin County women have been charged with illegally receiving public assistance by failing to report employment and income, according to news releases from the office of the inspector general.

Patty A. Keith, 29, of the 1700 block of Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, is charged with failing to report $5,337.50 in wages from the Greencastle-Antrim School District between November 1995 and September 1996, a news release stated.

Rosetta M. Gordon, 42, of the first block of Path Valley Road in Fort Loudon, is charged with failing to report $1,595.75 in income from Mellott's Cleaning Service between April and August 1995, according to a news release.

Welfare fraud carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

No serious injuries as car hits bus

A car driven by a Hancock man struck a school bus Wednesday afternoon, but nobody was seriously hurt, Hagerstown City Police said.

Jason Eugene Shives, 22, of Maple Ridge Road in Hancock, was cited for failure to stop for a red light, police said.

According to police, Shives was traveling east on East Baltimore Street, drove through a red light, and struck a Washington County school bus traveling north on South Locust Street at about 3:50 p.m. The bus was carrying 36 children home from Bester Elementary School, police said.

Bus driver Anna Mae Wilson, 54, of Dalewood Avenue in Hagerstown, and the children aboard were not hurt, police said.

Shives was treated and released at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Radiator steam sets off fire alarm

Steam from a broken radiator set off an automatic fire alarm Wednesday evening at an apartment building on East Washington Street.

Traffic was blocked on one side of the road for about 10 minutes as Hagerstown firefighters shut off the valve at 27 E. Washington St., Battalion Chief Richard Hopkins said. The alarm sounded shortly after 8 p.m.

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