Police log

August 20, 1997

Pickup misses train, collides with truck

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Two women were treated and released from Washington County Hospital Monday after the pickup truck they were in crashed while trying to avoid a train.

According to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department report, the accident happened at 3:48 p.m. when Cheryl L. Rankin, 36, of Berkeley Springs, crested a hill on River Road, saw at train approaching the crossing and hit the brakes. The pickup skidded into an embankment and rolled over, hitting another pickup.

Rankin's passengers, Tabitha Rankin, 18, and Rose Ann Miller, 37, both of Berkeley Springs, were taken to the hospital.

The occupants of the other truck, Rocky A. Fox of Hedgesville and Deborah Riggleman of Berkeley Springs, were not injured, according to the report.


Rankin was charged with failing to maintain control of her vehicle.

Two hurt when autos collide on W.Va. 51

INWOOD, W.Va. - Two motorists escaped serious injury Monday in a head-on collision on W.Va. 51, according to West Virginia State Police.

Eleanor E. Bennett, 54, of Inwood, was driving westbound behind several other vehicles when a dump truck stopped in the roadway, the report said. She hit the brakes to avoid a collision and went into the opposite lane.

Her 1989 Chevy Cavalier struck an eastbound 1968 Camaro driven by Dennis B. Ritchie, 48, of Bunker Hill.

State police said Bennett had minor injuries, but did not require hospital treatment. She was charged with driving left of center.

Man hospitalized after moped crash

A man who may have fallen off of his moped on U.S. 40 was sent to Washington County Hospital on Tuesday night after being struck by a vehicle, officials said.

A witness said Daniel Ankrom, address and age unknown, fell off of his moped around 8:49 p.m. in the 14600 block of National Pike, near 40-West Marine, said Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare.

Ankrom's condition was still being assessed at press time Tuesday night, said hospital spokeswoman Beth Kirkpatrick.

Ankrom, who was dressed in dark clothing and had a dark-colored moped, was hit by an eastbound vehicle, Bare said.

Clear Spring Ambulance and Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

Construction crew cuts water service

A construction crew hit a water main early Tuesday morning, temporarily knocking out water to some of the businesses in the South End Shopping Center and flooding a residential basement, a city official said.

A crew with Valentine Electric struck the line at the corner of Maryland Avenue and West Wilson Boulevard around 8:30 a.m., but water was restored to most of the affected customers by 10 a.m., said Dave Shindle, an engineer with the Hagerstown Water Department.

The rest of the customers had their water back by 11:30 a.m., he said.

The contractor did call Miss Utility, but misread the markings, Shindle said.

Two teenagers face assault charges

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Two Carroll County residents were arrested on assault charges Tuesday afternoon, one of whom was carrying baseball bats and knives, according to Maryland State Police.

David Wayne Gruber, 18, of Keymar, Md., was charged with second degree assault, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, police said.

A 16-year old juvenile from Keymar, Md., was charged with second degree assault and released to parental custody, police said.

The two suspects had gotten into an argument earlier in the day in Walkersville and had returned to 3 Glade Road around 12:30 p.m., police said.

Gruber had brought two baseball bats and several knives, police said.

Frederick County Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Police arrived after the victim called 911, police said.

Stereo gear stolen from parked auto

About $775 worth of stereo equipment and compact discs were stolen from a vehicle parked at 431 Pangborn Blvd., according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The items were stolen between 11:30 p.m. on Monday and 3:10 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.

Anyone with information about this theft is asked to call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Guitar is stolen; two men charged

Two men were arrested Monday evening after they allegedly pulled knives on a man after stealing his guitar, Hagerstown City Police said.

Cedric Lee Downing, 20, and Orville Oscar Lindsey, 26, both of the 400 block of West Washington Street, were being held on $200,000 bond each Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

The charges include armed robbery and assault, jail officials said.

Police said two men went to the victim's apartment between 4 and 5 p.m. and left with his guitar. The man chased them out the door and when he caught up with them, they pulled knives on him, police said.

They were later arrested several blocks away, police said.

City man in fair condition after fight

A Hagerstown man who was arrested following a fight in the 300 block of Burhans Boulevard Monday night was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital on Tuesday night.

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