Police log

July 15, 1997

Vandals rampage in City Park

Vandals ravaged Hagerstown City Park late Sunday or early Monday causing more than $1,000 damage, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

The damage - estimated at around $1,175 - was discovered Monday morning, police said.

Vandals broke off a spotlight in front of the museum, ripped up shrubbery from the west side of the park and threw it in the lake, damaged two picnic tables, throwing one of them in the lake, and snapped the bases of two 8-foot walnut trees in the northwest side of the park, police said.

All the property belonged to the City of Hagerstown, police said.

Sharpsburg toddler falls out of car

SHARPSBURG - A Sharpsburg toddler flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., Monday night after falling out of a moving car was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesman.


The accident happened at around 7 p.m. in the 6800 block of Tommytown Road, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The 16-month-old boy was standing in the passenger-side seat of his mother's car when he fell out of the window onto the road, deputies said.

The boy's mother, Crystal Lynn Vance, 23, of 16951 Taylors Landing Road, was driving, deputies said.

The child was not restrained in a safety seat, deputies said.

Emergency dispatchers were told the car was going between 15 and 25 mph when the boy fell out, but the speed has not been confirmed, deputies said.

The boy was flown to the hospital mainly as a precautionary measure because of his age, deputies said.

He was conscious and breathing after the accident and did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

Man arrested in attempted tire theft

HALFWAY - A Waynesboro, Pa., man was arrested Monday evening for allegedly trying to steal a tire from a car in the Valley Mall parking lot, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Mall security noticed the man had jacked up a Dodge Neon and was trying to replace one of its tires with a smaller spare tire from his vehicle, deputies said.

Jeremy Gene Aichele, 21, of 205 W. Fourth St., was charged with one count of theft, one count of malicious destruction of property and one count of tampering with a motor vehicle, deputies said.

2 Ala. men hurt as truck flips

McCONNELSBURG, Pa. - Two Alabama men were injured when their tractor-trailer flipped on Pa. 30 Monday evening, spilling large metal pipes onto the road and closing it for several hours, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The accident happened at about 5:45 p.m. just west of Pa. 915 North in Brush Creek Township, troopers said.

The GMC tractor-trailer, driven by Kerry New, 30, of Wedowee, Alabama, was going down a hill when a tire blew out on the trailer and the truck flipped onto its side and slid into the eastbound land, troopers said.

The trailer was loaded with used metal pipes that broke free and spilled over the road, troopers said.

One pipe struck a cabin, troopers said.

New and a passenger, James New, 54, also of Wedowee, Alabama, were taken to Memorial Hospital of Bedford County, where they were treated for their injuries and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The road was closed for about three hours while Pennsylvania Department of Transportation workers removed the pipes and Fischer's Garage removed the truck, police said.

Fire is a lot of smoke, little flame

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A small fire at a computer training school at 217 N. Queen St. kept Martinsburg firefighters tied up for nearly two hours Monday night.

The fire occurred at Bokonon Systems of West Virginia, a small computer training school, said Capt. Brad Waldeck of the Martinsburg Fire Department.

Firefighters found smoke throughout the building, but it was difficult to find the flames under some floorboards, Waldeck said.

A short squirt of water put the fire out and damage was estimated at $200, he said.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

Man charged with drug offenses

A Hagerstown man was charged with drug offenses and assaulting a police officer who responded to a domestic dispute early Sunday.

John P. Scott, 39, of 971 Noland Drive, was being held on $75,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center Monday morning.

He was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, and second-degree assault. He also was found to be wanted by Maryland State Police who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, police said.

The 2:35 a.m. incident occurred at 1016G Noland Drive, Hagerstown City Police said.

A check revealed the outstanding warrant and when that information was pointed out to Scott he allegedly pushed Officer Jeff Morgan in the chest, police said.

A search turned up 11 pieces of suspected crack cocaine and a smoking pipe, police said.

Officer stops man beating on another

A Hagerstown police officer was on routine patrol through the Public Square at 1 a.m. Sunday when he noticed traffic was slowing down and stopping.

Then the officer spotted one man beating on another man, police said.

Justin Allen Nizer, 18, of 115 E. Washington St., was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

The other man refused medical treatment, police said.

Glass door damaged at city post office

Damage was estimated at $300 to a glass door at the Hagerstown Post Office on West Franklin Street, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The damage was discovered at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

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