Police log

August 31, 1997


Man held after bomb threat

The Florida man who disrupted an Amtrak train with an alleged bomb threat Friday evening near Hancock was being held Saturday on $10,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va.

David Wiley Graham, 47, of St. Petersburg, was charged misconduct of a train passenger, false report of a bomb and public intoxication by West Virginia State Police.

His alleged actions around 6 p.m. Friday forced the train to stop in northern Morgan County, W.Va., and unload more than 220 passengers while the train was checked for a bomb by police and explosives-sniffing dogs.


Nothing was found.

The passengers were sheltered at the Hancock Middle-Senior High School during the 4 1/2 hour delay.

The train was the Capitol Limited, traveling from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, Calif.

Blaze destroys barn, hay, straw

SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - A fire of unknown origin destroyed a large barn on Earle Road early Saturday, burning thousands of bales of hay and straw.

Lt. Steven Anderson of the Citizens Fire Co. in Charles Town said the fire at the Old Sullivan Farms was reported at 1:36 a.m.

"The fire destroyed the barn, along with 5,000 bales of straw, between 8,000-10,000 bales of hay, a hay elevator and a wagon,'' Anderson said. No dollar figure was available.

The owner of the barn and contents is Randy Funkhouser, according to Anderson.

Firefighters from Independent Fire Co. were also involved in the call.

A Williamsport man was treated at Washington County Hospital and released shortly after a one-vehicle accident on Virginia Avenue Saturday morning.

Richard Renner, 59, drove his Lincoln Continental into a utility pole in front of the Hagerstown City Park around 10:35 a.m., according to Hagerstown City Police.

"Both air bags deployed and he was wearing his seat belt,'' said Sgt. Carval Wright.

Traffic was tied up briefly while the wreckage was cleared.

Fire destroys vacant house

A vacant house at 20142 National Pike was destroyed by fire early Saturday, according to a spokesman for the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Department.

"We got the call at 2:15 a.m.,'' said Assistant Chief Chuck Snodderly. His company and volunteers from Mount Aetna, Boonsboro and Halfway were there until 5:45 a.m.

The house had no electricity and had been abandoned for some time, Snodderly said.

A State Fire Marshal was also at the scene and will be issuing a report on the cause.


Two teen-agers injured in wreck

FREDERICK, Md. - Two teens were hurt Friday evening when they apparently crossed Ballenger Creek Pike on a green light and were struck by a car, Maryland State Police said.

Corey Baker, 17, of Frederick, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore shortly after the 6:05 p.m. incident.

His condition Saturday was fair, according to a nursing supervisor.

Victor McGreevy, 13, also of Frederick, was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, a hospital spokesman said.

The two were crossing from the west side of the intersection at Crestwood Village when a 1996 Nissa Sentra driven by Phara Brown of Walkersville came through on the green light from the north, police said.

Trooper Andrew Cipula said the cause was pedestrian error.

Martinsburg man injured in crash

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 31-year-old man was seriously injured early Saturday in a vehicle crash just a block from his home.

Charles McGraw, of 516 N. High St., was flown by helicopter to the Fairfax (Va.) Hospital after he was stabilized at City Hospital, according to Martinsburg City Police.

His condition Saturday was critical, according to a nursing supervisor at Fairfax Hospital.

Lt. Donald Hayes said McGraw was southbound in his Toyota pickup truck at 4:11 a.m. when he ran into a much-larger parked truck in the 400 block of High Street.


Car flips on I-70; none seriously injured

MYERSVILLE, Md. - A Bel Air, Md., man and his three daughters escaped serious injuries Friday night when their car flipped over an embankment on Interstate 70 near here.

Taken to Washington County Hospital were Radhakrishna Kamath, 55, and his daughters, Priya, 10, Chia, 14, and Maya, 18. All were treated and released, a hospital official said.


Motorist tries to run down Frederick police officer

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick City Police officer directing traffic after Friday night's Keys baseball game narrowly avoided being hit by a car.

At 10:10 p.m., Officer Dennis Dudley was at South Market and New Design Road when a motorist began to yell obscenities at him when he was unable to go the way he wanted to go.

When advised that he was going to get a citation for failing to obey his direction, the driver allegedly accelerated toward the officer, causing Dudley to have to move to avoid being hit.

The driver tried to flee southbound on Market Street when he became stopped in traffic. He was arrested without incident.

Robert W. Ellis, 47, of 1400 block of Beckwith View, Grand Rapids, Mich., was charged with first- and second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and a number of motor vehicle violations.

In addition, he was charged with a handgun violation after a loaded .25 caliber automatic pistol was found under the driver's seat, police said.

Ellis' status Saturday was unknown.

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