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Police log

December 27, 1997

Several wrecks on slick roads

Roads across the Tri-State area became ice-covered and treacherous Saturday night when temperatures began falling, according to police.

In Hagerstown, four cars were involved in wreck where Leitersburg Pike crosses Antietam Creek, a dispatcher said. Three cars were involved a wreck at the corner of Burhans Boulevard and Wesel Boulevard, the dispatcher said.

Highway crews were working to treat roads, and bridges were especially slick, police said.

Ice was blamed in an accident that injured three Middletown, Md. residents in a one-car accident at Alternate U.S. 40 at Interstate 70 Saturday afternoon.

John Wagner, 42, of 104 Cone Branch Drive, was driving his 1995 Pontiac Grand Am eastbound at 3:37 p.m. and attempted to take the ramp to Interstate 70 when the car struck ice on the slushy road and spinned out of control. The car then hit a guardrail, struck a sign post and bridge pillar before coming to a rest.

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Wagner and his passengers, Megan Wagner, 14, and Samuel Wagner, 1, were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where they were being treated Saturday night.

Family escapes house fire

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Fire raced through a two-story, split-foyer house along Three Run Road early Saturday morning, according to a fire official.

Jimmy Wells and three of his family members were able to escape the fire after noticing it about 4:10 a.m., said Bruce Chrisman, chief of the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co.

About 18 firefighters from Berkeley and Jefferson Counties responded to the scene but they could not save the house, according to Chrisman.

Fire officials believe the fire may have started in the kitchen area. An investigation into the blaze is continuing, Chrisman said.

Robberies in Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Charles Town businesses were robbed within several hours Friday night, according to Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.

The first robbery occurred about 6 p.m. at the Sav-A-Lot grocery store on Augustine Avenue when a young white man reached into his pocket and pulled a razor knife at one of the cash registers, Aldridge said.

The man fled on foot with several hundred dollars, Aldridge said.

About three hours later, a man walked into the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on East Washington Street and pulled a razor knife, Aldridge said.

The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, Aldridge said.

Aldridge believes the same person robbed both businesses. Police have a suspect in the thefts, Aldridge said.

Four injured when car flips on Pa. 16

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four people were injured Saturday morning when the car they were riding in went off State Route 16 and flipped, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The accident began when Patricia Cray of Taneytown lost control of her 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette near Wayne Castle, police said. Everyone in the car escaped with minor to moderate injuries, police said.

Wooden Indian reported stolen

LIBERTYTOWN, Md. - Someone stole a 500-pound wooden Indian holding a bundle of cigars from an antique shop on Main Street the morning of Dec. 25, according to the Maryland State Police.

Veronica Lynn Perkins, the owner of the Libertytown Mercantile Antique Market, told police the six foot tall Indian was stolen between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.

A reward is being offered for the return of the Indian.

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