Police log

January 11, 1998

Police log

BIG SPRING, Md. - A Clear Spring man and his young daughter escaped serious injury Friday night in a hit-and-run accident on Rt. 56 east of Big Spring Road, Maryland State Police said.

Brian Shoemaker, 28, and 2-year-old Jennifer Lynn Shoemaker, of 11807 Orebank Rd., were in their 1974 Ford truck when they were hit headon by a 1990 Toyota truck at 6:20 p.m., police said.

The driver of the Toyota truck fled the scene while Shoemaker was checking on his daughter, police said. He could not be found.


The Toyota hit Shoemaker's truck with such impact that Jennifer Shoemaker, who was in a child safety seat in the rear of the truck, was thrown forward into the dashboard.

Police said the girl was not seriously hurt.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call state police in Hagerstown at 301-739-2101.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Falling Waters man was in fair condition at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown Saturday night after being thrown from his car Friday night on U.S. 11 just south of the Maryland line, West Virginia state police said.

Joseph Neal, 19, was southbound when he lost control of his vehicle, police said. The car went off the west side of the road, traveled about 60 yards through a ditch, and then rolled over onto its roof, police said.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Calvin Myers, 40, of Fox Glen Drive, was treated and released from Jefferson Memorial Hospital Saturday after a fire destroyed his mobile home, according to an Independent Fire Company official.

The call came in around 9:40 a.m., said company Chief Ed Smith.

The initial call was for a lint fire in a clothes dryer, but when the first firefighter arrived the trailer was already in flames, Smith said.

Lint in the dryer was listed as the cause, he said.

Smith urged residents to check the lint trap in their dryers to make sure they are cleaned out between loads.

"We respond to a lot of fires that start in clothes dryers. It's important to keep them free of lint," Smith said.

CLEAR SPRING, Md. - Three boys who live at Cedar Ridge Children's Home on Cedar Ridge Road in Clear Spring were charged Saturday with car theft.

Washington County sheriff's deputies said a fourth juvenile is still at large.

The boys are accused of leaving Cedar Ridge and stealing a 1994 Dodge Shadow from a nearby resident at around 3:30 a.m., police said. Shortly after the theft was reported, police were alerted that four boys had left Cedar Ridge home.

A short time later, a Maryland State Police trooper spotted the stolen car eastbound on Interstate 70 at Crystal Falls Rd., and pursued the car into Frederick County.

On I-70 at Rt. 17, the car stopped and four juvenile males bailed out on foot, police said. After a brief chase, two were taken into custody, they said.

At about 8 a.m. Saturday, a third juvenile was taken into custody at McDonald's in Middletown, Md., police said.

The boys are charged with theft of over $300, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and malicious destruction of property, police said.

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