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July 11, 1997

Van overturns, lands on guardrail

A van overturned on Interstate 70 on Thursday and came to rest on a guardrail, but none of the four people riding in it was seriously hurt, Maryland State Police said.

Annette Gaskin, 51, of Ontario, Canada, fell asleep as she was driving in the eastbound lane of I-70 at about 5:15 p.m., police said. The Pontiac van glided into the median just east of Md. 63, police said. Gaskin swerved back into the lane, flipping the vehicle, police said.

Gaskin and her passengers - Stewart Brown, 53, of Ontario, Geoffry Morris, 71, and Betty Morris, 66, of England - were taken to Washington County Hospital.


All were treated and released Thursday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Woman treated after collision on U.S. 11

HALFWAY - A Leesburg, Va., woman was taken to the hospital on Thursday afternoon after the pickup truck in which she was riding struck another vehicle and threw her head-first into the windshield, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Cheryl Keefer, 47, was treated and released Thursday night at Washington County Hospital.

Thomas Harry Keefer, 38, was charged with failure to control speed to avoid collision, negligent driving and two seatbelt violations.

According the sheriff's deputies, Keefer's 1995 Toyota truck struck a 1987 Oldsmobile driven by Scott Stufft in the northbound lane of U.S. 11 at about 5:20 p.m. Stufft had stopped to make a left-hand turn onto Linwood Drive, deputies said.

Boy in fair condition after boat mishap

WILLIAMSPORT - A 10-year-old boy who injured his hand and forearm on a boat propeller Wednesday was in fair condition Thursday at Washington County Hospital.

The Bethlehem, Pa., boy was hurt while boating with his grandparents on the Potomac River at Big Slackwater ramp at Dam No. 4.

Girl's condition upgraded to good

The condition of a 3-year-old girl who was struck by a vehicle on West Washington Street on Wednesday was upgraded on Thursday, a Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said.

According to Hagerstown City Police, Shayna Lee Terin Hott, of 506 Ridge Ave., was hurt after she ran into the street at about 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

Her condition was upgraded Thursday from fair to good, the spokeswoman said.

The driver of the 1992 Dodge Daytona, Lyn B. Baker of Orchard Lane in Waynesboro, Pa., could not see the girl, police said.

The accident occurred in the eastbound lane of West Washington Street just before Washington Avenue, police said.

Youth charged in canal graffiti cases

HANCOCK - Three juveniles have been charged with a series of graffiti incidents along the C&O Canal in June, Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage told the Town Council Wednesday.

An adult also is a suspect in the crimes, Gossage said. Graffiti was found on several buildings along the canal and on the canal itself, he said.

Sharpsburg Pike section to be closed

SHARPSBURG - A small section of Sharpsburg Pike where it enters Sharpsburg will be closed for 12 hours on Tuesday, July 15, according to an official with the contractor doing the work.

Sharpsburg Pike, also known as Md. 65, will be closed between Shepherdstown Pike and Chapline Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., said Bill Ball with Driggs Corp.

Drivers can use Chapline Street as a detour, Ball said.

Driggs workers will be installing a storm drain in the area as part of the Main Street renovation project, he said.

Renovations include sidewalk and curb reconstruction, water and sewer line reconstruction, road resurfacing and landscaping.

The renovations should be done by late summer.

Urn thefts bring charges against man

FREDERICK, Md. - A month-long probe into the theft of ornamental urns from porches around Frederick has led to an arrest of a Baltimore man, according to Frederick City Police.

Arthur Robertson Jr., 29, of 3711 Chatham Road, was being held at the Baltimore City Jail in lieu of $1,500 bond on three counts of felony theft and one count of destruction of property.

Two of the antique urns stolen from a home on East 3rd Street on May 30 and one other urn taken June 4 from a Record Street home were recovered in a Baltimore antique store, police said.

The investigation revealed the three urns had been sold to the store by the same person within 24 hours after they had been stolen.

All three were recovered, police said.

Robertson was arrested Wednesday, police said.

Boy, 14, charged in shoplifting, assault

Wednesday at 4:05 p.m., a 14-year-old boy caught shoplifting at Ames Department Store on the Dual Highway also was charged with assaulting a security guard, Hagerstown City Police said.

That boy was detained at the Juvenile Holdover Center on Jonathan Street, police said.

Police report several incidents

Area police agencies reported the following incidents:

Someone kicked in a door at the Junior Football League building at the Marty Snook Park in Halfway Wednesday night, according to Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies. Nothing was taken.

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