Police log

March 11, 1997

Man charged in high-speed chase

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man was charged with a high-speed chase with Pennsylvania State Police throughout Franklin County Sunday afternoon before crashing into a state police car, according to a police.

Richard L. Palmer, 32, of 210 Garfield St., Shippensburg, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another, police said.

A motorist alerted police of an erratic driver traveling northbound on Interstate 81, the report said.

State police attempted to pull over the vehicle as the driver got off the highway at Exit 8, police said.

The vehicle continued onto Pa. 696, turned onto Old Scotland Road and traveled through Scotland, Pa., and failed to stop at signs and traffic lights, police said.


The chase continued onto Pa. 997, and as the driver exited onto U.S. 11, the hood of the car became unlatched and lodged on the windshield, obstructing the driver's view, police said.

The driver continued traveling south on U.S. 11 towards Chambersburg and crashed his car into the passenger side of a police cruiser, the report said.

There were no injuries.

Palmer was arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger and placed in Franklin County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail, police said.

Official try to find body's identity

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Officials Monday were still trying to determine the cause of death and the identity of a woman whose body was found behind a convenience store last week.

State Medical Examiner Jack Frost said "everything points to stab wounds" as the cause of death of the woman.

But Frost said there is work to be completed on the case before he can rule on what killed the woman.

The woman's body was found last Friday stuffed inside a sleeper sofa behind the H-Mart store in Martinsburg Plaza along Winchester Avenue, said Martinsburg Police, who are investigating the death as a homicide.

Police said no identification was found on the body. The woman was described as being in her late 50s or early 60s, 5-feet 2 inches-tall, and weighing about 160 pounds. She had a 13-inch long scar on her left hip and a 6-inch scar on her right knee, which might have been from surgery, officials said.

Police seize suspected pot

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police found suspected marijuana in a home in Dodson's mobile home park near Baker Heights Friday, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The suspected pot and an undisclosed amount of cash was found after deputies executed a search warrant at the home about 11 p.m., police said.

Ronald L. Light, 36, of Route 5, Martinsburg, was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, police said.

Eatery cash stolen

On Sunday, someone broke into Kerch's Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue and stole a large amount of money, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Glass in the front door was broken to gain entry, deputies said.

The crime was investigated at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Car stolen

A black 1991 Nissan was stolen from 12 N. Jonathan St. Saturday evening, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The car has New York tags N 394 JR.

Tools stolen from vehicle

Someone broke into a 1981 Chevrolet parked the rear of 41 W. Bethel St. Sunday and stole tools worth $582, Hagerstown City Police said.

The owner, a Chambersburg, Pa., man, said a chain saw was also taken.

Frederick bank robber sought

FREDERICK The Jan. 9 robbery of the Farmers and Mechanics Bank at 2198 Farm Drive, Frederick, is the topic of this week's Frederick County Crime Solvers case.

A black man entered the bank at 11:20 a.m. and demanded money from the tellers, threatening to shoot them if they didn't comply.

As the suspect fled, he threw a black nylon cap he had been wearing. It was believed he escaped in a small grey vehicle that had been parked at Avondale Condominiums.

He was described as 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, 220-250 pounds, wearing dark clothing.

Call Crime Solvers at 1-301-663-3200.

Md. man charged with assault

Washington County sheriff's deputies charged a Hagerstown man with assault early Monday morning, police said.

John Edward Hull, 37, of 11024 Hickory School Road, was charged with second-degree assault, police said.

During the incident, a woman was struck in the face at her home on Pheasant Trail, police said. The woman was assaulted at about 7 p.m. on Sunday, police said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was called and deputies arrested Hull when they arrived, police said.

Bus hits woman

A school bus grazed a Cascade, Md., woman in the 100 block of South Potomac Street Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Linda Sue Harrison, 39, was struck by the bus mirror, and was taken to Washington County Hospital at about 11:45 a.m., Sgt. Steve Bussard said. She was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The bus, driven by Stephen Eugene Anderson, 48, of Ranson, W.Va., had just dropped off children at The Maryland Theatre.

Maryland police search for teen

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