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July 13, 1998

Motorcyclist hurt in accident

HANCOCK - A Pittsburgh motorcyclist was hurt Saturday when a fellow cyclist accidentally knocked him over on Interstate 70, Maryland State Police said.

Wilbert Williams, 60, was treated and released at Washington County Hospital after the 12:20 p.m. wreck, police said.

Williams was eastbound on a 1996 Harley Davidson with a group of riders when he was struck by a 1981 Harley Davidson operated by Noble Edward Hardy, 43, of Avalon, Pa., police said.

Both men were wearing helmets, police said.

No charges were filed, police said.

Woman charged in assault of husband

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick woman was charged Saturday with assault after her husband was bitten and a large clump of his hair was yanked out, according to the Frederick Police Department.

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Kimberly S. McGaha, 32, of 607 N. Market St., was charged with second-degree assault, police said.

According to police, Melvin McGaha and his wife began arguing shortly after 10 p.m. He was bitten in the stomach area and a large clump of hair was pulled from his head, police said.

McGaha was free on bond Sunday evening.

Family injured when car hits pole

MIDDLEWAY, W.Va. - A Virginia family was injured Sunday when its car hit a utility pole during an attempt to avoid colliding with another car, according to West Virginia State Police.

The accident happened shortly before 9:30 a.m. on W.Va. 51, about a mile north of Dark Lane, troopers said.

Thomas Rickard, 32, of Stephenson, Va., was driving west on W.Va. 51 in a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina when the car in front of his slowed to avoid hitting an oncoming tractor-trailer that had crossed the center line, according to Trooper R.T. Shockey. The accident happened in a curve on the crest of a hill, Shockey said.

The truck had just gone around a car that had run out of gas and was sitting partially in the eastbound lane, he said.

When Rickard hit his brakes, his car slid off the road and struck a utility pole, Shockey said.

Rickard, his wife, Glenda Rickard, 36, and her son, Joseph Carter, 17, were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

The Rickards were treated and released, according to hospital spokeswoman.

Carter was later taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he had surgery and was in satisfactory condition Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

No citations were issued, Shockey said.

Pa. man charged in 2-car accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was injured and a Greencastle, Pa., man was charged Saturday in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of W.Va. 9 and U.S. 11, according to West Virginia State Police.

The accident happened around 6:30 p.m., police said.

Celeste Turner, 49, of Martinsburg, was driving north through the intersection of U.S. 11 when Thomas Carty, 67, of Greencastle, drove through a red light into her path, troopers said.

Turner struck the driver's side of Carty's truck, troopers said.

She was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, where she was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Carty was charged with driving under the influence and failure to stop at a red light, troopers said.

Fire breaks out at paper company

WILLIAMSPORT - A fire broke out in the ductwork of Maryland Paper Co. Sunday, but firefighters quickly brought it under control, according to the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co.

Robert Hoover, deputy chief of the department, said the fire began at about 9:15 a.m.

Hoover estimated the blaze caused between $4,000 and $5,000 damage. He said firefighters remained at the building at 16151 Elliott Parkway for several hours to make sure the fire had not spread.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office, Hoover said.

Car stolen from Applebee's lot

FREDERICK, Md. - A car was stolen from the parking lot of Applebee's restaurant in the Francis Scott Key Mall Saturday night, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

The vehicle was stolen between 5 and 11:15 p.m., deputies said.

The car is a 1992 Hyundai with Maryland tags BPB 494. The teal car has four doors, deputies said.

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