Police log

April 15, 1998

Hidden camera snares suspects

A hidden video camera set up by the owner of Memory Lane Antiques and Flea Market led to charges of theft against two Hagerstown men, Maryland State Police said.

The flea market owner contacted police in February when collectibles were discovered missing after hours, police said.

The owner set up video surveillance, police said.

Arthur Eugene Diehl Jr., 24, of 441 Carrollton Ave., was charged with two counts of theft under $300, police said.

Robert Lester Baker III, 23, of 35 Manor Drive, was charged with one count of theft under $300, police said.

Both men were served with a criminal summons on Tuesday, police said.

The two were friends of a former flea market employee who allowed them into the business after closing time, police said.


The former employee was not charged with any crime.

Police chase away vagrants in tents

Washington County Sheriff's deputies chased away a group of vagrants who had set up a mini tent-city along Interstate 81 at the Halfway Boulevard exit on Tuesday.

Police were called to the area when a passerby reported seeing a woman being dragged into the woods by a man, a dispatcher said.

When police arrived they didn't find a woman. However, they found a group of vagrants camping in the woods there, the dispatcher said.

Police told them to leave by today and no charges were filed, she said.

Pa. woman charged with welfare fraud

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Zullinger, Pa., woman has been charged with welfare fraud, according to a press release from the office of the Pennsylvania inspector general.

The criminal complaint alleges that Brenda P. Webber, 48, illegally received $1,962 in public assistance by failing to report self-employment to the Franklin County Assistance Office from Aug. 7, 1996, to Dec. 31, 1997, according to the release.

The charges were filed before District Justice Gary Carter, according to the release.

Welfare fraud carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, fines of up to $15,000, mandatory restitution to the commonwealth and disqualification.


Tractor-trailer runs off interstate

MARLOWE, W.Va. - A tractor-trailer hauling Little Debbie's snack cakes ran off Interstate 81 near Marlowe, W.Va., shortly after midnight Tuesday, West Virginia State Police said.

Trooper First Class Carl Mahood said driver Edna Young, 55, of Stanley, W.Va., and her husband, Thomas Young, 57, were both treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., and released after the accident.

Mahood said Young told him she wasn't sure what happened.

"She said she's driving along and all of a sudden she sees this sign and then she hits the sign and the tractor-trailer goes off the right side of the road, and because of the angle just flips on its side," Mahood said.

Thomas Young was sleeping in the cab when the accident occurred, Mahood said.

Several boxes of Little Debbie's snack cakes ended up in the median strip of the highway, Mahood said.

Theft of car results in several charges

Michael Lynn Ruppenthal, 33, of 16245 McGregor Drive, Hagerstown, was charged with burglary and possession of a stolen car and stolen license plates in connection with the April 6 theft of a 1993 Dodge from Keefer's Towing service on Greencastle Pike, Maryland State Police said.

Officers said the stolen car was driven through a fence at Keefer's on April 6. On April 10, a West Virginia plate was stolen from a vehicle at a Hancock truck stop.

Officers said Ruppenthal was arrested on April 11 at a hunting cabin at 14908 Kuhn's Ridge Road, Big Pool.

They said the cabin had been broken into. They said the stolen car, with the stolen tags, was parked in front of the cabin.


Hagerstown man faces drug charges

A Hagerstown man was charged Monday with possession of marijuana after he was stopped for a traffic violation on Robinwood Drive, Maryland State Police said.

Jeremiah Walter Smith, 23, of 2507 Youngstoun Apartments, also was issued several traffic citations, police said.

Police said marijuana and a large amount of money were found in the car.

Graffiti painted on 2 businesses

Someone spray-painted graffiti on the Foltz Manufacturing Co. at 63 McComas St., and on the laundromat at 734 Potomac Ave. on Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.


Police investigate theft of mower

Hagerstown City Police were investigating the theft of a lawnmower from a home in the 600 block of Salem Avenue on Monday. The mower is a Murray brand, 21-inch, 3.5 hp red push mower.


Girl injures ankle when hit by car

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a 9-year-old girl injured her ankle Wednesday when she was hit by a car Tuesday while riding her bike in Guilford Township.

A nursing supervisor at Chambersburg Hospital said Stephanie D. Martina, was treated and released.

The police report said she was riding her bike at the intersection of Rockview Avenue and Paul-Mar Drive when she went through a stop sign and rode into the path of a car driven by Carla Rae Gabler, 38, whose address was not given.

Martina was wearing a bicycle helmet, the report said.

Gabler was unhurt.

Five-car, chain-reaction accident injures two

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

Patrolman Darrll 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 the 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.

Two people, 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.

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