Police log

April 15, 1998

Car, rig collide

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., woman was in satisfactory condition at City Hospital in Martinsburg Wednesday after her car was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 and dragged 213 feet.

West Virginia State Police said Lolita Flynn, 67, was driving a 1995 Mazda at about 2:15 p.m. when she tried to merge into southbound traffic at Exit 16.

The right lane was closed because of construction, said Trooper Jack Folk, so Flynn had to merge into the passing lane.


A 1988 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Timothy Ausherman, 35, of Falling Waters, W.Va., struck the rear of the Mazda and pushed it about 213 feet in the southbound lane, Folk said.

Ausherman was uninjured and charged with failure to maintain control, Folk said.

Woman's condition serious after wreck

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Sunbury, Pa., woman injured in a head-on collision on Interstate 81 was in serious condition at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., on Wednesday.

Rose Wheeland, 59, was a passenger in a Subaru Legacy driven by her husband, Seth Wheeland, 63, when the car was struck by a pickup truck driving the wrong way Monday on I-81.

West Virginia State Police said Orval M. Kesecker, 87, of Beacon Drive in Martinsburg, drove a 1989 Dodge pickup truck on the northbound Exit 13 off-ramp at King Street, believing it was the access ramp to I-81 south.

Kesecker drove the southbound pickup truck about one-tenth of a mile before it collided with the Wheelands' northbound Subaru, police said.

Seth Wheeland was treated Monday night at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released. Kesecker was listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday at City Hospital.

Kesecker was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device, police said.

Distillery the site of several debris fires

WILLIAMSON, Pa. - Firefighters were called out to an abandoned distillery Tuesday night to put out several debris fires burning in violation of a township ordinance.

St. Thomas Fire Chief Tom Bigler said the fire company received complaints from nearby residents about the smoke from the fires. The fires were not out of control, but Bigler said a township ordinance requires outdoor fires to be extinguished by 8 p.m.

"We had to truck in a lot of water," Bigler said. Firefighters from Marion, St. Thomas and Waynesboro went to the abandoned Seagram's plant on Bullitt Road to help put out half a dozen burning piles of debris.

Firefighters were at the site from 8:53 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., Bigler said.

Buildings at the site are being demolished.

On April 6, about six fire companies went to the distillery when a fire got out of control and caused a three-acre brush fire, according to Bigler.

Man, woman sought for BBshooting

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident in which a man and woman fired a BB pistol at vehicles and pedestrians as they drove from Roxbury, Pa., to Chambersburg Monday night.

The report said a man and a woman in a green Plymouth Neon fired the BB gun at moving and parked vehicles, pedestrians and other targets. The incident was reported at about 7:30 p.m.

The report did not name any suspects.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Trooper Christian D. Fow at 1-717-264-5162.

Couple charged with drug possession

A man and woman were charged Tuesday by members of the Hagerstown City Police Street Crime Unit with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy.

Charged were Bernard Timothy Chavis, 22, of New York, and Marcella Denise Rhoads, 32, of 326 Henry Ave., Hagerstown.

City police said Chavis was taken into custody in the 300 block of Jonathan Street at 9:18 p.m. They said Rhoads was taken into custody at the intersection of North and Jonathan streets at the same time.

Two treated after 5-car accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg City Police said two people were treated at City Hospital after a five-car, chain-reaction accident Tuesday afternoon.

Patrolman Darryll Ruppenthal said the accident occurred at 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of West Race and Queen streets, where the five vehicles were stopped at a traffic light. He said the cars began to move slowly when the driver of the last car in line, George F. Jacobs, 74, of Martinsburg, accidentally stepped on his car's accelerator.

Jacobs' car hit the one in front of him, pushing it out of the line of traffic. His car then hit another, which started the chain reaction, police said.

Fred W. Welshans, 56, and Stacie A. Puffinburger, 23, both of Martinsburg, were treated and released from the hospital, according to a nursing supervisor.

Jacobs was charged with failing to maintain control of his car, Ruppenthal said.

Bicyclist hit by car

An 8-year-old Hagerstown boy was injured Wednesday after the bicycle he was on collided with a car on West Irvin Avenue, according to Hagerstown Police.

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