Police Log

December 09, 1997

Police Log

Cone throwers sought by police

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are looking for the person who threw a traffic cone into the windshield of a tractor-trailer from an overpass onto Interstate 81 Sunday night.

Police said the driver of the 1995 Mack truck, Teddy Lee Robbins Jr., 27, and his passenger, Crystal Dawn Robbins, 28, both of 13 Cedar St., Spartanburg, S.C., were not injured in the 8:40 p.m. incident.

The traffic cone was thrown from the Zarger Road overpass in Antrim Township, police said.

Police warn of bogus solicitation

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are warning residents that a caller claiming to be with the department is asking for donations to buy bulletproof vests.


"The caller is targeting the elderly. We are doing no such phone solicitation,'' said Sgt. Doug Mullendore.

Mullendore advised people who get such calls to hit "star'' 57 on their telephones to trace the call and then call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Bloody trail leads to alleged burglar

A blood trail helped Washington County Sheriff's deputies nab an alleged burglar early Monday morning.

Charles Edward Benedict, 43, of Hagerstown, has been charged with burglary, felony destruction of property and second-degree assault.

Deputies were called to the 10700 block of Clinton Avenue at 12:30 a.m. for a report of a burglary. When they arrived, they found a broken window and a trail of blood throughout the house.

The suspect, reportedly a former boyfriend of the victim, was found a short time later after a lookout was put out for his vehicle, police said.

Man hit by car on Robinwood Drive

A Hagerstown man who was struck by a car on Robinwood Drive Sunday evening was in good condition at Washington County Hospital Monday morning.

Steven Edward Nuckles, 29, was taken to the hospital shortly after the 8:08 p.m. incident, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Apparently dressed in dark clothing, Nuckles had been walking along Robinwood drive just north of Cardinal Avenue when he was hit, deputies said.

The driver of the car wasn't hurt. An investigation is continuing.

Pa. Blue Chip store robbed of cash

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Late Sunday, two men entered the Blue Chip store, demanded money and fled on foot with an unknown amount of cash, Pennsylvania State Police said.

No weapons were displayed, police said.

The incident occurred at 10:03 p.m. at the convenience store, 13640 Molly Pitcher Highway.

The men were both described as white, 5 feet 7 to 10 inches tall, brown hair and clean-shaven.

One man wore a brown leather coat with a light-colored fur collar, black pants and a black stocking cap. The other was wearing a camouflage jacket.

Graffiti incidents reported in city

Graffiti was reported at Ravenwood Antiques, 216 W. Franklin St., and at Four Seasons RV, 790 Potomac Ave., according to Hagerstown City Police.

The incidents, which apparently occurred over the weekend, were the latest in a recent spree throughout Hagerstown.

Four truck tires reported stolen

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Four tires and rims for a pickup truck were reported stolen at 6:45 a.m. Monday from 2935 Grand Point Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg.

2 Pa. residents hurt in accident

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Two Fort Loudon drivers were injured Sunday night when their vehicles collided at the intersection of Pa. 75 and Main Street, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

A 1990 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Connie Fry, 52, pulled out from a stop sign on Main Street into the path of a 1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic driven by Robert Drenning, 27, who was traveling north on Pa. 75, police said.

Drenning's car hit the front of Fry's car and then went off the east side of the road and struck a utility pole, police said.

Neither driver was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Both were taken to Chambersburg Hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Family homeless after W.Va. blaze

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A family of three was left homeless Monday by a chimney fire at their rented home, according to a Hedgesville Volunteer Fore Co. firefighter.

No one was home when the fire was called in by a neighbor at 12:03 p.m., according to Dee Young. He said a back addition to the two-story wood frame house was fully involved by the time the first firetruck arrived.

Young said the house at 7000 Jones Spring East Road is owned by William Lashley Jr. of Hedgesville and was being rented by Dan Ovivon, his wife and 19-year-old son.

According to Young, the fire started around the chimney of a woodstove and "the fire went straight up to the attic." He said the addition was heavily damaged by fire and there was smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the house.

He estimated the damage at about $53,000 to the house and another $8,000 to the contents.

About a dozen firefighters from the Hedgesville, Back Creek Valley and Bedington fire companies fought the blaze, Young said. They were on the scene until about 3:30 p.m.

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