Police Log

December 02, 1997

Police Log

Teen charged with fleeing from police

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police charged a Hagerstown teenager with fleeing from police while driving under the influence following a brief chase on Interstate 81 Sunday morning.

James Reese Jr., 18, of 260 S. Mulberry St., was also charged with driving under the influence, driving without an operator's license and underage drinking, according to the complaint at the Berkeley County Magistrate clerk's office.

He was released on $6,535 bond.

The report said Trooper Kevin Plumer clocked Reese going 96 mph southbound on I-81 at 2:50 a.m. Plumer pursued the 1988 Chevy Beretta south to Exit 20, where Reese exited onto W.Va. 901.


Reese locked up his brakes and skidded off the roadway, according to the report.

W.Va. man charged with sexual assault

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old boy.

Kenneth R. Page, 51, was released on $5,000 bond, according to the complaint at the Berkeley County Magistrate clerk's office.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department report said the boy was a runaway staying at Page's home when the incident occurred on Sept. 26. Page allegedly assaulted the boy after giving him alcohol, the report said.

Teen charged with carrying weapon

HALFWAY - A 17-year-old boy was charged with carrying a weapon and other violations after his vehicle was stopped early Sunday morning at the intersection of Marbern Road and Lexington Avenue, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The 1990 Acura was stopped after it went through a red light at Halfway Boulevard and Virginia Avenue, deputies said. The boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, had a butterfly knife in his front pants pocket, deputies said.

The boy was charged with carrying a concealed dangerous and dangerous weapon, driving through a red signal, violating provisional driving restrictions, violating under-21 alcohol restriction and one count of minor in possession of alcohol, deputies said.

Fire contained in Keedysville chimney

KEEDYSVILLE - Volunteer firefighters acted quickly Sunday afternoon to stop a chimney fire from spreading through a house on South Main Street, authorities said.

The 4 p.m. fire began on the first floor around the chimney, said Lt. Ronnie DeLauney of the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department. The owner of the home at 92 S. Main St. called the fire department after noticing smoke in the house.

DeLauney said firefighters tore away part of the wall and ceiling to make sure there was no fire inside the walls.

"The fire was basically contained to the chimney area," he said.

The operation took about 30 minutes, he said. Fire companies from Boonsboro and Williamsport assisted.

One injured in wreck

At least one person was injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer and another vehicle Monday night on Interstate 81, according to Maryland State Police.

The accident happened around 10:15 p.m. near the Showalter Road exit, said Sgt. J.B. Banzhoff.

One person suffered a head injury, but it appeared not to be life-threatening, police said.

The tractor-trailer overturned on the highway but was not blocking traffic, police said.

Troopers hadn't returned from the scene as of press time Monday, so no further details were available, Banzhoff said.

Man critical after Frederick accident

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick County, Md., man was in critical condition Monday after his pickup truck went off Reichs Ford Road, rolled over and struck a culvert and tree, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. near Pine Cliff Park Road, police said.

The driver, James Henry Grove IV, 33, of 5329 Reels Mill Road, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical but stable condition late Monday, according to a nursing supervisor.

Missing officer found

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania police officer missing since Nov. 19 was found on Saturday in Cumberland County, according to Lower Paxton Township Police Det. Carl J. Weidengaul.

Authorities feared Patrolman Norman Kegerreis might be a victim of foul play.

That wasn't the case, police said.

"His disappearance was the result of personal problems and reflections of past experiences, and not of foul play," Weidengaul said Monday.

The 24-year-old veteran of the Lower Paxton Township Police force has a sister in the Shippensburg, Pa., area and was thought to be in the Chambersburg, Pa., area.

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