Police log

June 14, 1998

Man held after crash, flight from hospital

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was captured Saturday after eluding police by escaping from City Hospital, West Virginia State Police said.

Steven Rogers, 28, was charged with possession of a stolen Dodge Colt Friday at 10:48 p.m. by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, police said.

Rogers also was charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, police said.


The man was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the accident, police said. He later escaped from the hospital, police said.

Police attempted to track him using Martinsburg City Police search dogs, when a hit-and-run accident was reported on southbound Interstate 81. A tractor-trailer had been sideswiped by a car, and the truck driver had written down the license tag. The tag was tracked to a neighborhood adjacent to the hospital, and police determined that the car, a 1985 Chevrolet Impala, had been stolen.

The Impala was found wrecked on Shepherd Grade Road in Shepherdstown, police said.

The man fled the scene, and was given a ride by a farmer back to Martinsburg, where he was arrested after an anonymous tip and charged with felony escape and theft of the Impala, police said.

Rogers was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail east of Martinsburg.

Garage fire probed

CLEAR SPRING - The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office says arson was responsible for a garage fire near U.S. 40 east of Clear Spring Saturday morning.

A smoke detector woke the occupants of the 12309 Learning Lane home around 4:30 a.m., allowing them to escape without harm, said Chief Will Ball with the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co.

There was smoke damage in the home from the garage fire, Ball said. A metal canoe and tools had been in the garage, he said.

The fire caused an estimated $40,000 damage to the home, officials said.

The home, which was being rented by James H.E. Murray Sr., was occupied by a total of 10 members of the Murray family.

An investigation of the suspected arson is continuing.

The Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department and Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

Fence, gear stolen

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 100-foot section of fence, a trailer jack and a fire extinguisher were among the items stolen from construction machinery parked at the fish hatchery on Corner Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The theft occurred between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Also stolen from the machinery owned by Kee-Ta Quay Construction of Hustontown, Pa., were six cones, eight flags and two chain binders, police said.

Pistol theft reported

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Someone stole a Ruger .22-caliber handgun from a truck parked outside a home along Pa. 665 in Taylor Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The weapon was stolen between 12:15 p.m. June 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Anyone with information can call police at 1-717-485-3131 or Fulton County Crime Solvers at 1-717-485-5771.

Cash taken from ATM

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Someone stole $587 from a Citizen's National Bank ATM machine on 35 N. Carlisle St. June 3, according to Maryland State Police.

The thief withdrew money from an account after making false deposits, police said.

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