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Police log

August 15, 1997

Boy, 14, charged in I-70 accident

HANCOCK - A 14-year-old Syracuse, N.Y., boy fled after the car he was illegally driving was struck Thursday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

The youth, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving an uninsured motor vehicle and driving without a license.

According to police, a 1994 Hyundai driven by Hagerstown resident Douglas Benningfield was eastbound in Interstate 70 at about 3:40 p.m. Benningfield crested a hill and was unable to stop before colliding with a vehicle that was stopped in the left lane.

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The youth, who had apparently stopped to ask for directions, fled without exchanging information with Benningfield, police said. He was arrested at the Clear Spring Exxon, police said.

The Toyota Corolla, which belongs to the youth's mother, was taken without her permission, police said.

The youth was ordered held at the Juvenile Holdover Facility pending a hearing.

Girl scout van collides with truck

EMMITSBURG, Md. - A van full of girl scouts heading to Canada for a camping trip collided with a Dodge pickup truck Thursday, sending five people to the hospital, police said.

George Sanders, 51, of Emmitsburg, was turning from Md. 15 onto Old Frederick Road. His pickup truck collided with the Chevrolet van at about 3:20 p.m., police said.

Sanders and Fiona McDonald, one of the van's passengers, were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. Sanders was in serious but stable condition Thursday night and McDonald was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoma said.

Three other passengers - Elainia Ross, Leslie Daugherty and Linda Kelly, all of Alexandria, Va., - were taken to Gettysburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Ross and Daugherty were treated and released but a hospital spokeswoman had no information on Kelly.

Accident victim is identified

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 26-year-old motorcyclist who died late Tuesday when he crossed the center line into the path of a Dodge Dakota pickup on Salem Road has been identified, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Alan R. Barnhart was eastbound on his 1983 Suzuki GS 750 motorcycle at 10:10 p.m. when he missed a curve, police said.

Ejected from his cycle, he was pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County Coroner Ken Peiffer, police said.

Police unable to apprehend suspects

Helicopters, dogs and officers in cruisers were unable to locate two suspects Wednesday night who tried to break into a 1997 black Ford Probe GT on the rear lot of Hagerstown Ford at 1714 Massey Boulevard.

A night store salesman called Washington County authorities at 10 p.m. to say he saw two men attempting to get into the car.

They fled on foot and a search of the area failed to turn up anyone, deputies said.

The car was taken to the sheriff's department to check for fingerprints and other evidence.

Men charged in theft of license tag

Two Washington, D.C., men were stopped for running a red light early today and were found to be in a vehicle with stolen temporary tags.

Dante Ramano Jackson and Shane Michael Beckles, both 21, were held at the Washington County Detention Center after the 4:19 a.m. incident at Church and Prospect Street.

Both were charged with misdemeanor theft.

Theft of trailer tires, rims reported

The theft of nine trailer tires and five rims, worth $5,000, was reported Wednesday to the Maryland State Police.

Someone apparently drove through a field to Beaver Creek Concrete at 10100 Mapleville Road and took the items, police said.

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