Police log

January 30, 1998

Pa. couple hurt in I-81 accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Johnstown, Pa., couple was injured Thursday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 81, West Virginia State Police said.

Sgt. W.D. Walker said the accident happened at 9:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes near Exit 12. A 1993 Mercury Marquis driven by Lloyd F. Bowers, 79, ran off the right side of the road, went up an embankment and struck a group of small trees, he said.

Bowers and his wife Esther, 79, were treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released, Walker said. A passenger, 76-year-old Helen Osburn of Johnstown, was unhurt, he said.


Reward offered in music store robbery

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who broke into Carpenter's World of Music earlier this week and stole two expensive guitars.

A plate glass display window in the front of the store at 17559 York Road in Halfway was broken and a Gibson and an Epiphone guitar taken, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The crime occurred between 11 p.m. Monday and 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to Linda Carpenter, who is offering the reward.

Anyone with information can call Sgt. Doug Mullendore at 301-791-3020.

Health store robbed

Thieves were successful in their second attempt to break into Taylor's Better Health Store at 12 W. Franklin St. recently.

Entry was apparently gained through a window in the rear of the building, which opened onto a common parking lot, according to Don Taylor, whose wife owns the store.

Once inside, the thieves took a cash register containing a moderate amount of cash, a television, a radio and some health and beauty products. Total loss was several thousands of dollars, Taylor said.

The break-in was discovered Jan. 17 and Hagerstown City Police were called.

Later, Taylor and his wife discovered someone had also broken into the vacant store next door and tried to break through the wall into Taylor's.

Anyone with information about the break-in can contact Hagerstown City Police or Officer Patty Shantz at 301-790-3700.

Information sought on watercrafts

FREDERICK, Md. - Deputy John Benner of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office on Monday recovered a Seadoo personal watercraft with its DNR registration numbers removed at the 4700 block of East Basford Road in Frederick County, Md.

Later that day, a Polaris personal watercraft with its DNR registration numbers removed was recovered along the shoulder of Mountville Road outside Jefferson, Md.

The sheriff's office is attempting to locate the owners of both vessels and is seeking information from those who saw watercrafts being towed or hauled on the roadway Monday evening.

Those with any information can call Benner at 1-301-631-3617.

Firefighters battle blaze at NRB

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Firefighters from five Franklin County fire departments helped contain a fire to some manufacturing equipment at NRB Materials at 811 Progress Road in Chambersburg Thursday night.

The alarm came in shortly before 6:30 p.m. The cause of the fire and further details were not available at press time.

Man charged in NTF assault named

Hagerstown City Police Thursday identified the man they charged Wednesday with assaulting two officers following a foot chase through Municipal Golf Course.

Jerome Deon Miller Jr., 29, of 18712 Caledonia Court in Germantown, Md., was charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, hindering, resisting arrest and attempting to disarm a police officer, police said.

Miller is also wanted in Montgomery County, Md., on five charges of failing to appear in court on drug charges, police said.

He was being held Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $132,000 bond.

Wednesday's incident began at about 7:20 p.m. when a blue Pontiac Grand Am nearly ran over the director of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force on Manor Drive, according to police.

A check of the car's tags revealed it had been reported stolen, police said.

Officers lost sight of the vehicle but found it abandoned in a parking lot in the Townhouse Manor Apartments off Dual Highway about 20 minutes later, police said.

The one man ran by Pangborn Elementary School and across the Municipal Golf Course, where officers caught up with him, police said.

The man shoved Officer Joseph Stauffer and bit Officer Brian Barnhart, police said.

Miller did not talk to police after he was arrested, but his fingerprints were sent to the FBI for identification, police said.

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