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Police log

February 10, 1998

Police log

Pa. woman charged with welfare fraud

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Mercersburg, Pa., woman has been charged with welfare fraud by the Office of Inspector General.

Norma J. Goshorn, 39, of the 11400 block of Shimpstown Road, is charged with receiving $1,144 in public assistance benefits by failing to report employment and wages to the Franklin County Assistance Office from July 21, 1997, to Nov. 30, 1997, according to the criminal complaint.

Those found guilty of welfare fraud may face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, fines up to $15,000, mandatory restitution to the Commonwealth and program disqualification.

Trailers stolen

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Trailers loaded with diapers and carpet cleaner were reported stolen Monday from an Antrim Township truck stop, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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One report said a 48-foot trailer belonging to Steig Trucking Co. of Reed City, Mich., was stolen from the parking lot of the Travelport at 10835 John Wayne Drive. It contained aerosol cans of carpet cleaner belonging to Diversified Brands, Inc., of Holland, Mich.

Police said the theft occurred sometime between 12:30 a.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.

Between 8 p.m. Sunday and 12:10 p.m. Monday, a 48-foot trailer loaded with diapers was stolen from the truck stop. Police said the trailer belonged to J.B. Hunt, of Brunswick, N.J. The cargo belonged to the Proctor & Gamble company.

2 Pa. men hurt in U.S. 40 accident

Two Pennsylvania men were injured Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 40 across from the Hagerstown Speedway after a vehicle crossed the center line, causing an oncoming pickup truck to flip, according to Maryland State Police.

Jeremy Forsyth, 16, of Mercersburg, Pa., was charged with failing to drive right of center, police said.

Forsyth was driving a Jeep Cherokee west on U.S. 40 at about 5:27 p.m. when he crossed the center line, striking an eastbound Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Stewart Mason, 32, of McConnellsburg, Pa., in the rear, police said.

The truck rolled over once, ending up back on its wheels, and the Jeep continued into an embankment after the impact, said Trooper 1st Class Daniel Souders, the investigating officer.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, police said.

Both vehicles sustained severe damage, police said.

Forsyth and Mason were taken to Washington County Hospital, where they were treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Men charged with unnatural act

Maryland State Police arrested two men Tuesday after observing the occupants of a car, parked at a scenic overlook off Interstate 270, engaged in a sexual act.

The two were charged with participating in an unnatural and perverted sexual practice, and lewdness in a conveyance, police said.

A grey Mercury Marquis car was parked in one of the public parking spots occupied by a white male and another white male approached the vehicle and got into the passenger side, police said.

Man charged with indecent exposure

A Smithsburg man was arrested Monday after police found a man exposing himself inside a car parked at a scenic overlook off Interstate 270, according to Maryland State Police.

Allen Bruce Russell, 38, was charged with indecent exposure, police said.

State troopers saw a grey Chrysler parked in one of the public parking spots at the overlook and attempted to check on the welfare of a white male who appeared to be sleeping, police said.

Thieves nabbing Pepsi machines

Coin boxes in Pepsi machines are familiar targets of thieves, but recently, someone has been stealing whole machines, according to Maryland State Police.

A Pepsi machine taken from the Clear Spring Pharmacy was found along U.S. 40. A second machine, taken from the Clear Spring Exxon, was dumped on Bottom Road, police said.

A third, stolen from Keefer's Towing, is still missing.

Anyone seeing a soda machine being loaded onto a truck can report the license tag number to state police at 301--739-2101.

Tires, rims taken from Jeter Paving

Thieves broke into Jeter Paving on Oak Ridge Place Sunday and made off with a dozen new Michelin tires and rims from company dump trucks, Maryland State Police said.

The doors to the building were jacked up so thieves could get inside, police said.

The value of the loss was estimated at $5,000.

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