Police log

April 14, 1997

Teens returned to VisionQuest

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Three of four teens who escaped from VisionQuest's Seven Shield Impact Camp early Saturday morning have been returned, said Pat Yeager, director of public relations.

The fourth teen was sent to Franklin County Prison, she said.

Two 16-year-old boys were returned to the South Mountain camp by 11 a.m. Saturday after VisionQuest staff and Pennsylvania State Police found them in Adams County, according to a report released by Yeager.

State police found a 17-year-old in Adams County late Saturday afternoon, who was also returned to VisionQuest, the report said.

Late Saturday evening, state police found the fourth teen, age 18, in Gettysburg, Pa.

The boys were discovered missing from the camp around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the report.

Three of the boys are from Philadelphia County and one is from Lebanon County.

Two Philadelphia teens who escaped from VisionQuest last Sunday have not been found.


Md. teen injured in shooting

NEW MARKET, Md. - A New Market teenager was listed in serious but stable condition in Washington County Hospital late Sunday after allegedly being shot by a teenage friend, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Joshua D. Basore, 15, of the 6600 block of Coldstream Drive West, was visiting friend Daniel E. Turner, 16, of the 10600 block of Finn Drive, New Market, when the shooting occurred in Turner's upstairs bedroom, police said.

Turner had placed one round into a .22-caliber nine-shot revolver and was handling the gun when he spun the chamber and fired it, hitting Basore in the right buttock, police said.

Basore was treated at the scene by New Market Volunteer Fire Company before being flown by a Maryland Police helicopter to Washington County Hospital, police said.

Police said hospital staff told them the bullet traveled into Basore's abdominal region.

Turner was charged as an adult with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police said.

The shooting is still under investigation, police said. The gun's owner has not been determined.

Families escape injury in Pa. fire

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three families escaped injury Saturday night after most of the three-story apartment building they were living in burned, according to fire officials.

Flames were already burning out of two or three windows at the 10 W. King St. apartment building by the time firefighters arrived at the scene around 7:30 p.m., said Chambersburg Fire Lieutenant Clyde Thomas.

It took firefighters over three hours to extinguish the fire that is believed to have started in a bedroom in a second-floor apartment, Thomas said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.

The left side of the apartment building sustained the most damage, with the second floor completely gutted and extensive fire damage to the third floor, Thomas said. The right side of the building sustained heavy smoke and some water damage, he said.

Estimated cost of damage has not been determined yet, Thomas said.

Firefighters from Chambersburg, Franklin, New Franklin and Fayetteville fire companies responded.

Thieves steal car stereo equipment

A Youngstoun Drive resident was awakened early Sunday morning by two smashing sounds outside his home near Hagerstown Junior College. When he peered out his window, he saw two men rummaging through his vehicle, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

When Donald Wilson yelled out the window at about 4:30 a.m., the two men sped away in a small, dark-colored car, deputies said. When he looked at his vehicle, he found that the passenger-side window was smashed and his Alpine CD player and equalizer were gone, deputies said.

Deputies estimated the damage at $550 and valued the stolen items at $650.

Anyone with information can contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 791-3020.

Man charged with pot possesion

A man was charged with possession of marijuana Sunday morning while at a church parking lot of a church, authorities said.

Gary Lee Spessard, 24, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class T.J. McKenrick saw a man standing next to a black Jeep parked in the lot of the Shiloh United Methodist Church on Shiloh Church Lane at about 2:45 a.m., police said.

McKenrick got out of his police cruiser and walked toward the car when he heard a can hit the pavement, police said. McKenrick also smelled a strong odor that appeared to be burning marijuana, police said.

Holes had been punched in the can to create a smoking devise, police said.

Spessard and a passenger were detained and searched.

The passenger was not charged with any crime, police said.

Man hits porched; charged with DUI

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after his 1993 Ford pickup truck struck a pear tree and porch on White Church Road early Sunday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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