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Police log

March 19, 1998

Police log

Pa. bicyclist injured when hit by car

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 12-year-old boy was released from Washington County Hospital Wednesday after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle Tuesday afternoon in Antrim Township.

A hospital spokeswoman said John C. Layton of Greencastle was admitted overnight for injuries he suffered in the 5:12 p.m. accident along Williamsport Pike just south of Country Side Drive.

Pennsylvania State Police said the driver of the car, Vernon E. Miller Jr., 25, of Gettysburg, Pa., was going south as Layton was trying to cross the roadway. The report said Miller swerved to avoid hitting the boy, but his car went off the west side of the road and struck Layton.

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Layton, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered moderate head injuries, police said.

Teens sought in W.Va. armed robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg City Police are looking for two teenagers who robbed two men at gunpoint Tuesday night at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar.

The robbery occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in the rear parking lot at 755 Foxcroft Ave. Four youths pulled up in what appeared to be a purple Dodge Neon with Virginia registration, said Detective George Swartwood.

Two of the passengers got out of the car and took wallets and money from Dion Stickley, 21, of Inwood, W.Va., and Luke Wishmyer, 20, of Hedgesville, W.Va.

Swartwood said both suspects are between 15 and 18.

One is described as white, 5 feet, 7 inches tall to 5 feet, 8 inches tall and about 145 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, baggy jeans and a blue sweatshirt.

The other suspect is described as white or Hispanic, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and about 150 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, a blue or black T-shirt, a red baseball cap turned sideways and a puffy white jacket, possibly down.

Anyone with information on the suspects can call Martinsburg City Police at 1-304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 1-304-267-4999.

Crime Solvers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Callers may remain anonymous.

Cash stolen from auto repair business

QUINCY, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said $500 in cash was stolen from a Quincy Township business in a burglary that occurred Monday night or Tuesday morning.

According to the report, Dave's Auto Repair, 7575 Anthony Highway, was broken into between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. A window was broken to get inside the business, the report said.

2 stabbing victims remain in hospital

Two victims of a Sunday night stabbing attack at a downtown traffic light remained hospitalized Wednesday, according to a spokesman at Washington County Hospital.

James Ollen Benedict, 18, of Clear Spring, and Charles Edward Socks, 19, of Hagerstown, were listed in fair condition Wednesday.

Steven Scott Benedict, 23, of Williamsport, was released Tuesday.

A fourth person, Jeremiah Daniel Benedict, 20, of Hagerstown, was treated and released Monday.

The 11:39 p.m. incident occurred when the victims' two vehicles stopped at the traffic light at Washington and Locust streets and another vehicle - a light blue Ford Escort with West Virginia tags - pulled up, according to police.

A white male occupant of the Escort stabbed all four victims with a sharp object and then drove away, police said.

Accident victim's condition improves

The condition of a Hagerstown woman who was injured in an accident that claimed two lives Saturday has improved, a Washington County Hospital spokesman said Wednesday.

Betty Jo Bodes, 25, of 939 Chestnut Street, was in serious condition Wednesday. She was flown to the hospital Saturday morning in critical condition after the Mercury Topaz she was riding in collided head-on with another vehicle.

Bodes' husband, Jody Weldon Bodes, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene. Paul Edward Brandenburg, 61, of 10404 Annapolis Road in Frederick, Md., who was driving a 1989 Ford pickup truck, also was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Maryland State Police, the Topaz was headed south on U.S. 15 just south of Mountville Road at about 11:15 a.m. when the truck crossed the center line and struck the Topaz head-on.

Truck accident closes I-70 lanes

The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed for almost two hours Wednesday afternoon after a vehicle struck two guardrails and overturned, according to Maryland State Police.

A 1998 GMC box truck, driven by Paul Sulek, 50, of 14801 Auburn Rd., Newbury, Ohio, was traveling west on I-70 when it struck a guardrail just before the South Street overpass on the left side of the road, police said.

The vehicle then struck the overpass guardrail and traveled for about 40 feet before turning over, police said.

Sulek was not injured, police said.

A witness told police the truck may have been cut off by a vehicle entering from the South Street ramp, police said.

Sulek told police he couldn't remember what caused the accident, police said.

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