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Police log

April 18, 1997

Man charged with sex assault

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A downtown business owner was charged Wednesday on two counts each of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and statutory sexual assault performed with two girls ages 11 and 13, according to Waynesboro Police.

Timothy F. Bolland, 20, of 307 St. Paul St., Boonsboro, was arraigned before District Justice Larry Pentz and committed to Franklin County Prison on $70,000 bond, police said.

He is the owner of Tim's Baseball Cards, at 2 E. Main St., Waynesboro, police said.

The charges stem from an alleged incident around March 13 at the business, police said.

Man faces simple assault charge

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro man was charged Wednesday with simple assault and public drunkenness after his girlfriend was struck in the nose, according to Waynesboro Police.

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Martin Allan Poper, 31, of 19 S. Grant Street, was also charged with possession of marijuana , police said.

Colt pistol stolen from Pa. home

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Police are investigating a burglary at an Edgewood Drive home in which a Colt .45-caliber pistol, three magazines, a shoulder holster and an undetermined amount of ammunition were taken, according to Washington Township Police.

The thief gained entrance to the home by breaking a rear window. Once inside, the thief broke into a wooden cabinet and removed the gun and other items, police said.

Motorist travels wrong way on I-81

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A motorist traveling the wrong way on Interstate 81 early Thursday morning collided with a tractor-trailer, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Brian Weishaar, 21, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with driving under the influence and driving the wrong way on a divided highway, Capt. Curtis Keller said.

A 1986 Ford Escort was traveling north in the southbound lane when it collided with a tractor-trailer being driven by Vernon J. Pittman, 57, of Dallas, Keller said. It was not known where the Escort entered the highway.

Weishaar was taken to City Hospital where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Pittman was not injured, Keller said.

The accident occurred about 3:30 a.m. near the Queen Street exit, police said.

Man charged with armed robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with armed robbery Thursday in the robbery of Evan's Flower and Gift on North Foxcroft Avenue, according to Martinsburg Police.

Larry Swanson, 47, of 2206 Rocky Knoll Drive, was being held in Eastern Regional Jail late Thursday, police said.

A man entered the shop about 6:45 p.m. Thursday and passed an employee a note demanding money, said Lt. Donald Hayes.

Grease fire causes damage

A small fire caused about $2,000 damage to an apartment on Broadway Thursday night, Hagerstown fire officials said.

It was the third fire on the Hagerstown street since the beginning of the year.

"We're having bad luck on Broadway this year," Battalion Chief Ron Horn said.

Anitria Johnson, of 28 Broadway, was frying chicken when a grease fire ignited at about 9:45 p.m., Horn said.

Horn said grease splattered and sparked fire to a plastic bag in the kitchen. He said Johnson threw the burning pan onto the second-floor porch, which started a fire there.

Horn said people often panic when a grease fire starts and try to put it out with water or by throwing paper or cardboard on it. But he said this will only make the fire worse. He said people should smother it with a lid or another pan or pot.

"Put a lid on it," he said. "Do not put it in the sink and put water on it."

Hagerstown Suns worker injured

A Hagerstown Suns groundskeeper was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after he stepped on a screwdriver that was sticking out from the field at Municipal Stadium.

Derreck Chupak, of 307 S. Potomac St., was treated and released from Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The minor league baseball team's general manager, David Blenckstone, said a team trainer examined Chupak after the accident, which occurred at about 3 p.m. An ambulance was called as a precaution, he said.

Blenckstone said Chupak returned to the stadium later in the day, but said he will be off work for a few days.

Toddler injured when run over by pickup

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick toddler was injured after he walked into a pickup truck on Thursday, Frederick City Police said.

William R. Notnagle, 1, of the 300 block of East 3rd Street, was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released.

According to police, Notnagle was walking with an adult relative in an alley that runs from East Street to 3rd Street. They accidentally walked into the side of the 1995 Ford F-250 at about 3:45 p.m., police said.

The child fell, and his lower body was run over by the left rear tire of the truck, police said.

The driver of the truck was Dennis L. Hawbaker Jr., 21, of the 17000 block of Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown, police said.

The investigation revealed that the cause of the accident was pedestrian error, police said.

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