Police log

March 19, 1998

Mother, son hurt in W.Va. accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg mother and her 1-year-old son were flown to a Northern Virginia hospital Thursday night following an accident on W.Va. 9 in Hedgesville, state police said.

The woman was identified as Wendy Shantholtz, 22, whose only address was listed as Martinsburg by state police. The name of her son was withheld.

Officials at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va., would not provide conditions for Shantholtz or her son.

According to Trooper K. E. Plumer, the 6:20 p.m. accident occurred near the 7-Eleven store in Hedgesville. Plumer said Shantholtz was westbound in her 1992 Hyundai sedan.


Victor Holliday, 32, of 1100 Grazier St., Martinsburg, was eastbound in his 1995 Dodge Caravan when he veered left of center and struck Shantholtz's car head-on, Plumer said.

Shantholtz and her son had to be extricated, Plumer said.

Holliday was being treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg, police said. His condition was unavailable at press time.

Plumer said Holliday was charged with DUI, driving while suspended, failure to maintain control and driving left of center.

Children's home escapee captured

A Germantown, Md., boy accused of stealing a vehicle and fleeing from the Cedar Ridge Children's Home near Clear Spring, Md., around 4 a.m. Thursday was found by a Maryland State trooper at a convenience store later in the afternoon.

The 15-year-old, who has run away from the home six times, was accused of breaking into the administration building, damaging windows and doors, and rummaging through desk drawers until he found a set of keys to a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer, according to Maryland State Police.

The van was later found by Hagerstown City Police, wrecked and unoccupied, along westbound Dual Highway just east of Manor Drive in Hagerstown at 4:30 a.m., police said.

Trooper 1st Class Lewis Blenard II spotted the juvenile at the Snak Shop on Md. 65 at Interstate 70 at 1:50 p.m., police said.

The juvenile was turned over to juvenile services, police said.

Student facing weapons charge

BOONSBORO, Md. - A student at Boonsboro Middle School was charged Thursday after school officials found a combination knife and file in his possession at about 2 p.m., according to a Washington County Sheriff's report.

The juvenile was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, the report said.

The case was turned over to the school, according to the report.

Teen charged in assault of teacher

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - A 14-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault after a female gym teacher was struck in the face with a volleyball at Middletown High School.

Frederick County Sheriff's deputies went to the boy's home after school, charged him and released him to his parents.

The teacher, Elizabeth Cecelia Cowperthwaite, 27, said she was sitting in a chair at the end of class around 3:50 p.m. doing paperwork when she was struck.

The force of the ball forced her head sharply to the left and knocked the notebook off her lap.

She told deputies she looked up and saw the boy laughing.

Witnesses told the teacher the boy was the one who threw the ball, deputies said.

Cowperthwaite was treated by her physician for an acute vertebrae strain to her neck and swelling to her face.

Hand tools stolen

SHARPSBURG, Md. - Assorted hand tools estimated at $750 were taken from a garage at 203 E. Main St. between Sunday afternoon and Thursday morning, according to a Washington County Sheriff's report.

The unsecured garage was entered at the rear, the report said.

Taken were several Craftsman and Montgomery Ward 16-inch tool boxes with assorted hand tools inside, a 1/2-inch power drill, and a Sears Craftsman 3/8-inch power drill, the report said.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at 301-791-3300.

City man back behind bars

One day after he was released from the Washington County Detention Center, Stephen Lawrence McCormick was back in jail, charged with drug offenses.

McCormick, 32, of 406 N. Jonathan St., was being held Thursday night on $40,000 bond for possession with intent to distribute fake drugs, possession of fake drugs and drug paraphernalia.

He was taken into custody on North Jonathan Street around 11:40 a.m., according to Capt. Robert Hart of the Hagerstown City Police.

Records at the jail revealed he was released Tuesday after second-degree assault charges against him were dropped.

Formerly of Crisfield, Md., McCormick was a victim of a May 20, 1997, shooting at the Motel 6 in Halfway - a crime that has resulted in two 15-year prison sentences and one 20-year prison sentence for his three attackers.

Teen charged with drug possession

A 17-year-old boy was charged with drug offenses Wednesday afternoon after he was apprehended by the street crimes unit around 3 p.m., according to police

The teen, charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, was nabbed in the 800 block of West Washington Street, police said.

Bar ransacked

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg bar was ransacked in an early morning burglary Tuesday, according to borough police.

The report said the rear of The Cabbage Patch, 460 Grant St., was broken into between 3 and 6:21 a.m. Police said parts of the interior were ransacked and money was taken from a register and the bar area.

A jukebox was also damaged to steal the money inside, the report said.

Car stolen

Shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, Hagerstown City Police reported a blue 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier stolen from Manor Drive while it was running with the keys in it.

The vehicle bears Md. tags EBK 329, police said.

Hubcaps stolen

Two hubcaps from a 1996 Toyota were reported stolen Wednesday from 3 E. Milestone Terrace in Williamsport, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Early Thursday, a chain saw was stolen from a shed at 220 W. Main St. in Sharpsburg, deputies said.

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