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Police log

June 03, 1997

Inmate treated at hospital after ink pen stabbing

An inmate who was stabbed in the head several times with an ink pen late Friday spent a day at Washington County Hospital being treated for his injuries.

Allen Dale Cosner, 37, was returned to the Roxbury Correctional Institution Saturday, according to Sgt. Mike Hegedus of the Maryland State Police.

"The attack took place in a cell around 11:30 p.m.,'' Hegedus said.

No one has been charged in the incident, Hegedus said.

Drivers hurt as vehicles collide on Interstate 81

Two drivers were sent to the hospital Monday afternoon after their vehicles collided on Interstate 81 just south of the Pennsylvania line, Maryland State Police said.

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Ralph Gregory, 48, of Concor, N.C., was treated at Washington County Hospital and released. Mollie Harbaugh, 70, of Sabillasville, Md., was in fair condition Monday night at the hospital.

The accident occurred about 2:45 p.m. when Harbaugh's 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck crossed into the path of Gregory's 1985 Dodge pickup truck in the southbound lane, police said.

The Dodge braked and skidded but could not avoid the collision, police said.

Overturned tractor-trailers tie up traffic on interstate

Two overturned tractor trailers in both directions of Interstate 81 early Monday kept Maryland State Police busy and traffic tied up well into the day.

There were no injuries, police said.

The State Highway Administration shut down the fast lanes in both directions, said spokesman Steve Davis.

Davis said the southbound lane was closed at about 1 a.m. and the northbound lane was closed about five hours later. He said tow trucks were brought in to remove the wrecks.

In addition, road crews needed hours to clear debris from one of the vehicles, which split apart, he said.

Davis said crews were hampered by the mud along the side of the highway.

"Once they get stuck in the soft mud on the shoulder, they get in a whole lot of trouble," Davis said.

Traffic was further slowed by a nearby construction site, Davis said. Workers are extending the acceleration and deceleration lines at the Maugans Avenue exit near the scenes of the accidents.

Traffic was backed up about two miles at one point.

Several thefts reported to Hagerstown police

Hagerstown City Police received a number of reports of thefts over the weekend, including one which occurred while the homeowner was walking her dog.

The incident early Friday in the 1100 block of The Terrace was discovered around 7:15 a.m. when the resident returned from her walk and found her purse in the front yard. Taken from the purse was $11.

Police said workers in the area saw a white man wearing a hooded sweatshirt in the area just before the theft. And they told police they'd seen the same man dressed in the same clothes on other days in the neighborhood.

A $500 Pioneer CD player and radio was taken from a 1988 Pontiac parked in the 900 block of Hamilton Boulevard Saturday, police said.

A Delco stereo worth $600 was taken from a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire Saturday while it was on the lot at Hamilton Pontiac, police said.

2 burglaries in county similar to Walkersville case

Two homes in Washington County were burglarized in a manner similar to a burglary last week in Walkersville, Md., Maryland State Police said.

During the Washington County burglaries, three people broke into the homes and tried to steal fireplace mantels and took numerous antique items.

Police reported on Sunday that a home in Walkersville was burglarized last week. In that case, antique farm equipment, cherry twin beds and five antique fireplace mantels were stolen.

Police said they believe the crimes are related. The same red car was seen in both areas, police said.

Police are looking for three people:

- a white woman in her mid-20s with a slim build and blond hair.

- a white man in his mid-20s with dark hair, a mustache and a slender build. He was seen wearing a ball cap.

- a white man in his 30s with broad shoulders and a medium build.

The vehicle was described as a bright red, newer model four-door, possibly a Chrysler or Chevy Cavalier.

State police officials have sent physical evidence to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab in Pikesville, Md.

Police repeated calls for antique dealers to be on the lookout for solid wood antique fireplace mantels.

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