Police log

January 24, 1998

Police log

Light, slippery snow closes some roads

Snow was relatively light in Washington County Saturday night, yet roads were still a problem - some closed because of slippery conditions, others closed with fallen wires.

Washington County emergency services reported wires down on Smithsburg Pike between Ingram Road and Windy Haven and wires hanging, but not broken, on Rowe Road near Md. 64.

Maryland State Police in Frederick, reported problems on roads with higher elevations, including Alternate U.S. 40.

Alternate U.S. 40 was closed at about 7:30 p.m. near Md. 67 in Washington County when vehicles were having trouble getting over the mountain.


John LaCorte, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, Pa., said the "mini-storm" that hit Saturday night wasn't expected to leave more than two inches before moving out around midnight.

Plane in trouble lands here safely

Tragedy was averted at Washington County Regional Airport Saturday night when a 172 Cessna - with no lights, no radio - landed safely shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Maryland State Police in Hagerstown had received a call from the Federal Aviation Administration - which was tracking the plane - as well as Washington County Emergency Services.

The plane circled the airport for about 30 minutes before landing. The airport's runway lights were not on, which is normal when flights aren't scheduled to land.

The pilot was able to activate the runway lights through a radio frequency, according to Gene Jewell, a security officer at the airport.

The pilot apparently had some type of electrical problem and lost radio contact in West Virginia, Jewell said.

The pilot's name and destination were unavailable Saturday night.

Pa. man accused of shooting at trooper

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Warfordsburg, Pa. man was in Franklin County Prison Saturday night, accused of firing a rifle at a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

Marvin John Weicht, 31, was arraigned and taken to Franklin County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail on charges of criminal attempt to commit homicide and aggravated assault.

Pennsylvania State Police, McConnellsburg, said Trooper James S. Lupey responded to a reported harassment at a home on Hill Road. Lupey spoke with Weicht and was leaving the home at about 11:35 a.m. when a shot from a rifle rang out.

Lupey took cover and called for assistance, police said.

Maryland State Policeeye drunken driving

Maryland State Police will make drunken driving enforcement their first priority on Super Bowl Sunday today.

Police are reminding Super Bowl revelers to choose a designated driver before attending parties.

Police also are encouraging motorists to call and report drunken drivers. By dialing #77, a motorist will be connected to the nearest State Police barracks and can report the vehicle description and direction of travel.

Pick up mail from boxas soon as possible

Maryland State Police are urging residents to be aware of any suspicious activity around mailboxes and remove mail as soon as possible after delivery.

A Hagerstown woman reported mail tampering at 9:50 a.m. Friday. She told police her mail was being opened and returned to her mailbox, police said.

The opened mail contained information about her credit card and bank accounts, pay stub and Social Security number.

Police ask anyone who observes suspicious activity to call Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101.

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