Police log

April 18, 1998

Crash backs up U.S. 340 traffic

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Traffic was backed up for more than three miles in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland after a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on U.S. 340 at Union Street in Harpers Ferry.

Two people were treated for minor injuries at Jefferson Memorial Hospital and released, according to Harpers Ferry Police Sgt. Donald Buracker.

Joyce Howe of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., was turning from Union Street onto U.S. 340 when her vehicle collided with a van driven by Michael Shrader, of Germantown, Md., who was traveling south on U.S. 340, Buracker said.


Howe was charged with failure to yield the right of way, Buracker said.

Traffic was stopped for about 40 minutes and cars quickly backed up for miles in both directions on U.S. 340, he said.

Police investigate domestic dispute

A 16-year-old Hagerstown youth who allegedly hit a man with a baseball bat during an argument at his home at 16621 Fairview Road was taken into custody Thursday by Washington County sheriff's deputies.

Officers said Michael Murray, 49, of 13968 Ridge Road in Greencastle, Pa., was found lying in the driveway when they arrived at 4:30 p.m. They said he had been hit in the back with the bat. He was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Officers said the teen told them he struck Murray in defense of the rest of his family. They said the youth was charged with first- and second degree assault on Murray.

Frederick police make arrests

FREDERICK, Md. - Two people were charged after police found a stolen handgun and crack cocaine in their vehicle Thursday night, according to Frederick City Police.

Police were called to the area of 100 S. Jefferson St. about 11:15 p.m. Thursday for a report of a fight.

When they arrived, they found two people under the age of 21 with alcoholic beverages, police said.

In a vehicle, police found a loaded handgun that was reported stolen in Gettysburg, Pa., and seven grams of crack cocaine, police said.

John Linwood Hall, 18, of West South Street, was charged with possession of a handgun in a motor vehicle, theft by possession of the handgun, possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Mary Liz Bimbra, 20, of Ijamsville, Md., was charged with possession of a handgun in a motor vehicle and theft by possession of the handgun, police said.

Woman hurt when car veers off road

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Greencastle woman was hurt Thursday night when her car ran off Rabbit Road, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Nina M. Christman of 7873 Kuhn Road, was taken to Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital, treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Christman crested a hill and saw a vehicle pulling out of a driveway, police said. When she steered to the right to avoid a collision, her car went off the road and overturned, police said.

The accident occurred at 10:58 p.m., about three-tenths of a mile north of Pa. 16 in Antrim Township, police said.

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