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Police log

March 09, 1998

Police log

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said an extensive search failed to find two teenagers who ran away from the VisionQuest camp on Saturday.

The 16- and 17-year-old boys were reported missing at 10:30 a.m. from the camp for youthful offenders, according to police. A police helicopter was used in the search, the police report said.

Both were wearing blue sweatsuits and black boots, according to the report.

One is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 135 pounds with short black hair. The other is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 160 pounds with short blond hair, police said.

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FREDERICK, Md. - For the second time in less than a week, the state fire marshal's bomb squad was called to investigate the report of a suspected bomb, according to Frederick Police.

At 3:50 p.m. Saturday, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier reported hearing a loud ticking sound coming from a package inside a mailbox on Waverly Drive as he was removing mail, police said.

Police blocked traffic in the area and the bomb squad was called after police verified the ticking sound, police said.

Residents in the Elmwood Terrace Apartments building facing the suspected package were evacuated, police said.

A bomb-retrieving robot was used to examine the package, which contained a pager emitting a continuous ticking sound and not an explosive device, police said.

On Wednesday, the bomb squad investigated a hoax explosive device found on a sidewalk in the 300 block of East Patrick Street at about 5:30 p.m.

A small wooden box with writing on it that indicated it contained a bomb was disrupted by a robot and found to have electrical components inside, but no explosives.

Police evacuated more than 20 residents and closed a portion of East Patrick Street for about 3 1/2 hours, police said.

The incident is still under investigation.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A paper fire at a Martinsburg printing company Sunday was extinguished quickly and caused minimal damage, said Chief Chuck Summers of the Baker Heights, W.Va., Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire at Quebecor Printing, 1989 Arcata Blvd., began at about 8:20 p.m., when dust and paper clogged a paper recycling vacuum tube and ignited, Summers said.

Sprinklers in the bale room kept the fire from spreading. Firefighters had it under control within about 15 minutes, Summers said.

The Independent Fire Company, Veterans Affairs Medical Center Fire Department, Shepherdstown Fire Company and the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services also responded, he said.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., woman was injured Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident on Pa. 997 in Quincy Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Molly B. Morgan, no age or address available, was treated for neck injuries and released from Waynesboro Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

A 1987 Buick Century heading north on Pa. 997, driven by Philip P. Mummert, of Chambersburg, was unable to stop in time and struck Morgan's 1995 Buick Regal GS in the right rear as it was waiting to turn left onto Manheim Road, police said.

The impact pushed Morgan's car into the southbound lane, where it struck a 1994 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Jill L. Koontz of Shippensburg, Pa., police said.

A passenger in Mummert's car, Bradley C. Rock, of Fayetteville, Pa., suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, police said.

The drivers and Rock were all wearing their seat belts, police said.

The Jeep Cherokee sustained severe damage and the other two vehicles were moderately damaged, police said.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A jar containing about $75 worth of change was taken from a trailer in Greene Township sometime Saturday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Someone forced the front door open to a trailer at 2413 Letterkenny Road, Lot 6A, between 6:10 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and took the jar, police said.

Estimated damage to the door is $150, police said.

Anyone with information can call police at 1-717-264-5161.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An unknown object possibly thrown at a vehicle traveling south on Interstate 81 in Antrim Township on Saturday afternoon shattered the passenger-side window, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Estimated damage is $100, police said.

The driver was not injured in the 3 p.m. incident, police said.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Knoxville, Md., teen was charged Saturday after a vehicle led police on a chase on U.S. 340 and the driver then fled on foot, according to Maryland State Police.

A 17-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, violating alcohol restriction, fleeing and eluding, and fleeing and eluding on foot, police said.

At 1 a.m. Saturday, state troopers clocked a 1989 Dodge Daytona, heading westbound on Md. 340 at Catholic Church Road, at 95 mph in a 65 mph zone, police said.

State troopers pursued the vehicle until it tried to exit onto northbound Md. 17 toward Burkittsville, Md., but became disabled after striking a curb and a culvert, police said.

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