Police log

July 10, 1997

W.Va. crash injures three

Three Berkeley Springs, W.Va., residents were injured, one seriously, in a single-vehicle accident on eastbound Interstate 70 just west of Clear Spring early Wednesday, Maryland State Police said.

The injured were taken to Washington County Hospital shortly after the 5:30 a.m. wreck.

Shawn Gray Keddington, 30, was in critical condition Wednesday, hospital officials said.

The driver, John L. Baker, 43, of 100 Baker Lane, was in serious condition Wednesday night. Another passenger, Paul D. Keddington, 31, was in fair condition.

Trooper 1st Class David Souders said the 1986 Chevrolet Camaro apparently drifted off the roadway into the median and struck a large tree.


The occupants were not wearing seatbelts, Souders said.

Traffic in one eastbound lane was closed for two hours after the accident.

Stereo equipment taken

A day after a fire at 31 E. Washington St., the resident returned to find someone had stolen stereo equipment valued at $1,330, Hagerstown City Police said.

Stolen car found

A car reported stolen early Tuesday while its owners were sleeping has turned up, Hagerstown City Police said.

The 1994 Plymouth Acclaim was found on Landis Road overnight, police said Wednesday. It had been taken between 1 and 4 a.m. Tuesday, from the rear of a home at 40 E. Franklin St., police said.

Bargain House burglarized

Someone broke into The Bargain House at 19741 Leitersburg Pike Monday but apparently didn't take anything, according to Maryland State Police.

Entry was made by forcing the front door, police said.

Handgun stolen

A semi-automatic handgun was stolen Tuesday from a home at 619 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown City Police said. Entry was made through a broken window in a door.

The 9mm Ruger P-89 is valued at $350, police said.

Go-kart stolen

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A five horsepower go-kart was reported stolen Monday from a home on Sandy Mountain Road in Orrstown, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The victim told police a gasoline-powered air compressor was stolen from the same location several months ago.

Boat prop injures youth

WILLIAMSPORT - A 10-year-old boy injured his hand and forearm on a boat prop Wednesday at Big Slack Water ramp at Dam No. 4, authorities said.

The boy, of Bethlehem, Pa., was boating with his grandparents on the Potomac River at about 12:30 p.m., according the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The boy stood up and fell out of the Bass Tracker boat and hit the prop, officials said. His grandfather immediately drove up the road and stopped at a farm to call 911, authorities said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter flew the boy to Washington County Hospital, officials said.

U.S. 40 crash hurts five

CLEAR SPRING - Five people went to the hospital Wednesday morning after an accident on U.S. 40 just east of Spickler Road, Maryland State Police said.

Dorothy Zimmerman, 71, of National Pike in Clear Spring, was preparing to turn into her driveway at about 10:20 a.m., Trooper 1st Class Russ Plante said. Her 1993 Ford Crown Victoria was struck by an oncoming 1980 Chevrolet Luv pickup truck, Plante said.

Zimmerman and Charles Town, W.Va., resident Leslie Lawson, 14, were taken to Washington County Hospital, where they were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Three passengers in the pickup truck - and adult woman, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl - were in fair condition Wednesday night, a spokeswoman said. Plante said he did not know their names.

Truck theft continues trend at Md. 66 Park & Ride

A pickup truck was stolen from the Md. 66 Park & Ride on Wednesday, continuing what police officials say is an alarming trend at the commuter parking lot.

"We're taking two theft reports out of there a week," said Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Kyle George. "It's the worst parking lot in the county."

The truck, taken between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., was a 1990 Ford F250 pickup truck with Maryland tags 63D963. It is black and silver in color, George said.

George said he does not know why that particular parking lot, just north of Interstate 70, is so vulnerable. But he said it has been the site of numerous crimes over the last eight months or so.

George said state police make four or five checks on the area each shift. He urged people who use the parking lot to remember to lock their doors.

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