Police log

December 29, 1997

Possible shooting investigated

An ambulance was sent to a mobile home park off of Interstate 81 Monday night for a report of a shooting, authorities said.

The ambulance was dispatched at 10:21 p.m. to the Lakeside Mobile Home Park for a report of a person who was shot.

Officials at the Washington County Sheriff's Department declined to comment late Monday.

Hagerstown City Police stopped a vehicle in the city Monday night, although it was unclear at press time whether it was related to the shooting report.


Sgt. Rick Reynolds said officers, along with Washington County sheriff's deputies, stopped the vehicle.

"We are trying to determine if we have something to investigate. It is still too preliminary to tell," he said.

Man charged with domestic assault

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man was arrested Sunday night after his girlfriend was beaten at her apartment, according to Martinsburg City Police.

According to the report, Stephen Christian, 27, of 324 E. Third Ave., was arraigned before Magistrate Joan Bragg on charges of malicious wounding and domestic assault and was jailed in lieu of $2,067 bond.

Tracey Cole, of 117 Leeland Apartments, called police, who arrived to find her with a front tooth knocked out, swollen eyes and other injuries. Christian was asleep upstairs.

She told police Christian became angry with her after she had been out with a friend for two hours. The report said she was struck her in the face several times, her head was banged against a wall, she was bitten on the bottom lip, was choked until she was nearly unconscious, a butcher knife was held to her throat and her hair was torn out.

Cole alleged in the report that her assailant then forced her to go to bed with him and she called police about five hours later. The report said officers found "two very large piles of hair" on an upstairs dresser and more hair on the living room floor.

Head injuries result from car/train wreck

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg man remained in serious condition with head injuries Monday afternoon at York Hospital after the vehicle he was driving collided with a train Sunday night.

John Dacko, 33, was traveling west on Mount Rock Road in Southampton Township at about 10:25 p.m. when the 1995 Chevrolet Blazer he was driving struck a train going north, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The impact from the train caused the truck to spin and stop on the east side of the tracks, police said.

Dacko was thrown from the truck. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

The engineer of the train, which had two engines and 98 cars, was unaware of the collision and continued to travel north, police said.

Dacko was taken to Chambersburg Hospital then flown by Life Lion helicopter to York Hospital.

W.Va. man charged with beating officer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, both second offenses, and violating a family protection order Monday morning, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

James Dale Epling, 34, of 503 Shape Charge Road, was also arrested for failing to appear in court on earlier charges of battery on a police officer and resisting arrest stemming from a June 9 incident. He was arraigned before Magistrate Ruth Donaldson and jailed in lieu of $6,529 bond.

The sheriff's department report said Karen Epling called at 3:41 a.m. to report that her husband was outside her home. When deputies arrived at the Judy Lynn Trailer Park, they found Epling had broken down the front door and was sitting inside.

When they attempted to arrest him, the report said he flailed his arms at the officers and struck Deputy Ron Garner between the legs.

Man charged with malicious wounding

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 33-year-old man was charged with malicious wounding Christmas Eve in the stabbing of an assistant manager at Roger's County Market.

Mark Lindsey, 33, of 49 Porter Ave., was arraigned before Magistrate Harold E. Darlington and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond.

According to city police, Assistant Manager John Wasson III was stabbed in the left arm and side as he tried to lead the man out of the store.

When Sgt. Shannon Armel arrived, Wasson was lying on the sidewalk outside the store and witnesses pointed to the assailant, the report said.

When Armel approached the assailant, he allegedly grabbed the knife in his coat pocket. Armel drew his pistol, ordered him to put it down and arrested him. Wasson was later released from City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Pa. woman charged with endangerment

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Spring Run, Pa., woman was arrested early Sunday after her 16-year-old son was abandoned at Chambersburg Hospital, according to Chambersburg Police.

Teresa L. Junkins, 36, of 19644 Spring Run Road, was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of children, police said.

After her 16-year-old son was treated and discharged from Chambersburg Hospital's emergency room, she refused to take responsibility for him and abandoned him, police said.

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