Police log

April 22, 1998

Man charged after trooper is punched

A Bellwood, Ill., man was charged Tuesday after a Maryland State Police trooper was punched while investigating a vehicle parked in a state highway construction zone, according to police.

Thomas Similton, 45, was charged with assault of a police officer and destruction of property, police said.

State highway personnel called Maryland State Police to the scene of a construction site on Interstate 70 eastbound at Md. 66 at 8:30 p.m. where a car was parked on the shoulder, police said.

A man got out of the car and began walking away and would not stop or remove his hands from his pockets when troopers ordered him to do so, police said.


Troopers used pepper spray to subdue the man and placed him in handcuffs, police said.

During the struggle, one of the troopers was punched and a mirror on the police cruiser was broken, police said.

Troopers had to stop traffic on I-70 temporarily, police said.


Person injured when jeep flips

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - One person was flown to York Hospital following a one-vehicle accident Tuesday night on Clearfield Road in Southampton Township, police said.

The accident happened at about 9:25 p.m., when a Jeep rolled over, ejecting one of the two occupants, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Cpl. Gerald Polca said the person's injuries were serious, but were not believed to be life-threatening.

The investigating officers were still on the scene late Tuesday night and the names of the victims and circumstances of the accident were unavailable, Polca said.


Drugs discovered after traffic stop

A routine vehicle stop for speeding ended up in the apprehension of a Hagerstown man and woman Tuesday after a search of the vehicle and personal possessions turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to Maryland State Police.

Delores Elaine Keyes, 42, of 33 Avalon Manor, and Thomas Anderson Crampton, 35, of 324 N. Locust St., were charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic charges, police said.

Both were being held Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center. Bond for Keyes was set at $5,000, and Crampton's was set at $7,500.

Troopers stopped a 1992 Dodge truck for speeding on eastbound U.S. 40 at Interstate 70 Tuesday at 9:50 a.m., police said.

While stopping the truck, the driver and the passenger switched seats, police said. A driver's license check revealed that the driver of the vehicle was suspended, police said.

A search of a woman's purse turned up three hypodermic syringes containing heroin residue and a spoon that also contained heroin residue, police said.

A search of the vehicle revealed a hypodermic syringe, a spoon, and three plastic vials, all of which contained heroin residue, police said. The items were found in a bag in the vehicle, police said.


Argument leads to man's injury

WILLIAMSPORT - An argument between a couple led to the injury of a Hedgesville, W.Va., man Tuesday night, according to a Washington County Sheriff's report.

Scott Lee Litten, 43, of Route 6, Box 1065, was treated and released at Washington County Hospital after his foot was run over by a vehicle, the report said.

His fiance, Lynn Elaine Brandt, 43, of the same address, was charged with one count of reckless driving, the report said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call for a personal injury accident at North Conococheague Street south of Potomac Street at 6:14 p.m., the report said.

Deputies discovered that a couple had gotten into an argument, the report said. The man got out of the vehicle and the woman moved over into the driver's seat and the argument continued through the vehicle window, the report said.

As the vehicle sped off, it ran over the man's foot causing injury, the report said.

New Market woman injured in wreck

FREDERICK, Md. - A 46-year-old New Market, Md., woman was injured Monday evening when her car hit a horse in the 4400 block of Ijamsville Road, police said.

Darlene Evans Williams was in serious condition Tuesday night in the intensive care unit of Washington County Hospital. She was flown from the scene by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter shortly after the 8:28 p.m. accident.

Williams' vehicle left the roadway after the collision, hit an embankment and overturned, sliding on its roof for 10 yards, police said.

The horse, which was in the roadway, was struck a second time by a Jeep after its collision with Williams' Saab. That driver was unhurt.

The horse was killed, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department which investigated the accident.

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