Police log

March 31, 1998

W.Va. man critical after accident

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry man was in critical condition Tuesday at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after his car flipped on Chestnut Hill Road Monday night.

Jerard Ashbaugh, 38, was ejected from the 1985 Ford Escort and suffered a fractured skull, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Sgt. Robert Shirley reported Ashbaugh was driving westbound at a high rate of speed in a 35 mph zone at about 8 p.m. The car went off the road, hit a ditch, flipped and landed on its roof, he said.


The Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Company transported Ashbaugh to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where he was evaluated and flown to Fairfax Hospital, Shirley said.

Ashbaugh was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

The car was totaled.

Burner listed as cause of Pa. blaze

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police say a stove burner turned on accidentally ignited a pan of grease Monday, heavily damaging an apartment house.

The report from Trooper Skip Sydnor, the state police fire marshal, said the tenant of the apartment where the fire started, Jackie E. Anderson, 37, of 1460 Lincoln Way East, Apt. 4, cleaned her kitchen shortly before the fire. While doing so, she apparently turned on the left rear burner of the stove accidentally, according to the report.

Anderson then took her trash outside and went to talk to her aunt, who lives nearby, according to the report. The fire, which was called in at 4:44 p.m., started while she was out of the apartment, the report said.

2 injured when car, motorcycle collide

SMITHSBURG - A Hagerstown man was flown to Washington County Hospital on Tuesday night when he and his passenger were thrown from a motorcycle after it struck an oncoming car on Md. 64, according to Maryland State Police.

William Luther Shank Sr., 53, of 440 Indiana Ave., was flown to the hospital after the 6:45 p.m. accident on Md. 64 east of Ingram Drive, police said.

Shank was listed in serious condition in the hospital's emergency room Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Shank's passenger, Barbara Ann Shank, 44, of the same address, was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of facial cuts and broken bones, police said.

She also was listed in serious condition in the emergency room, the spokeswoman said.

The motorcycle was eastbound around a curve on Md. 64 when it swerved to miss an oncoming 1985 Ford Thunderbird, police said.

The motorcycle was unable to avoid the car, driven by a 17-year-old from Waynesboro, Pa., and struck it in the right rear, police said.

Both the motorcycle driver and passenger were thrown and slid several feet down the pavement before coming to rest in the middle of the road, police said.

Both were wearing helmets, police said.

The driver and 15-year-old passenger of the car were not injured, police said.

No charges were filed, police said.

Md. man charged with possession

FREDERICK, Md. - A Jefferson, Md. man was charged Tuesday after police stopped a vehicle and found drugs during a search, according to Maryland State Police.

Douglas Edwin Wilson, 31, was charged with driving with a suspended license, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

State police stopped a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck at 7:20 a.m. and found 15.4 grams of marijuana and a wooden smoking pipe inside a can of tire inflator that had a false bottom, police said.

Police searching for robber

Hagerstown City Police are looking for a man who robbed a patron at the Frederick Street Cafe early Sunday.

Terry Green, 36, of 1029 W. Washington St., told police a man asked him for money and when he refused, the man hit him and took the money in his wallet.

The suspect is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds, police said.

Cash stolen

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police said $150 was stolen from a student's bookbag Monday at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Shannon Watkins, of Scotland, Pa., told police the money was removed from the bag while it was in the gymnasium. The theft occurred between 2:23 and 3:10 p.m., police said.

2 men cited for trespassing

Climbing a fire tower on Reno Monument Road Tuesday morning proved costly for two area men, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Richard Allen Powell, 31, of West North Street, Waynesboro, Pa., and Larry Richard Draper Jr., 21, of 13303 Spruce Run Road, Myersville, were both issued criminal citations for trespassing.

A third person fled but has been identified, according to Cpl. Travers Ruppert.

Deputies arrived at the tower near Lambs Knoll at 3:11 a.m. Tuesday in response to an alarm. A vehicle was found and a short time later, Powell and Draper were located.

The men climbed a fence, which is posted with a "no trespassing" sign and set off the alarm, Ruppert said.

W.Va. man facing traffic violations

A Falling Waters, W.Va., man was stopped Monday for traffic violations..

Mark Thomas Hubinger Jr., 19, was charged with driving while suspended and driving an unregistered motor vehicle, Maryland State Police said.

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