Police log

July 20, 1998

Gold coins stolen from Hagerstown shop

At 3 this morning, a burglary and theft of nearly $1,000 in gold coins were discovered at the Antietam Coin Exchange at 136 N. Cannon Ave.

Hagerstown City Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress and found that the glass in the front door had been broken.

Inside, a glass-topped display case was also broken and several gold coins valued at $975 were missing.

Anyone with any information about the break-in or theft is asked to contact police at 301-790-3700.


City Police officer hurt during pursuit of suspect

A Hagerstown City Police officer was injured Sunday after he fell during a pursuit of a male suspect in City Park and then struggled with the man who tried to take his handgun, according to a report by police.


After the man was taken into custody, Officer Douglas Hay was taken in a police cruiser to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated and released, the report said.

Robert G. Sickler Jr., 31, of 1310 Delaware Lane, Hagerstown, was charged with attempt to disarm a law enforcement officer, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the report said.

He was released from Washington County Detention Center on Sunday after posting $7,500 bond.

At about 4 a.m., Hay saw a man in City Park and approached him for questioning, the report said.

The man ran away with Hay in pursuit, then Hay fell to the ground and struck his head on the pavement, the report said.

Hay got up and resumed the pursuit and caught the man in the park, the report said. The man struggled with the officer and the two wrestled to the ground, the report said.

During the struggle, the man tried to disarm Hay by grabbing for his handgun, the report said.

During a search of the man after he was apprehended, Hay found suspected crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, the report said.


Deputies probe break-in, thefts of amps, truck

Washington County Sheriff's deputies handled the following calls over the weekend:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> On Saturday, a break-in was discovered at the concession stand in South Community Park on Chestnut Grove Road.

There was minor damage but no indication anything was missing.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> An amplifer and speakers, valued at $500, were taken from a 1995 Jeep Wrangler parked at 14323 Royer Road in Cascade on Saturday.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Early Sunday, the owner of a dark green Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck reported the truck was stolen from its parking spot at 111N. Conococheague St., in Williamsport.

The truck, which has a flat black hood, bears Maryland tags 159-078.

Greencastle woman, son injured in car-train crash

ANTRIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., mother and son were injured Sunday when their car was struck by a Conrail train on Hykes Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The accident happened at around 2:30 p.m. about a half mile west of Greenmount Road, troopers said.

Jennifer L. Hykes, 29, was heading west on Hykes Road when she nosed into the path of the southbound train and was struck in the right front, troopers said.

Hykes' 1993 Plymouth Acclaim was pushed back about 39 feet, fell over an embankment and landed in a stream about 15 feet below the road, troopers said.

Hykes and 1-year-old Noah Hykes were treated at Washington County Hospital and released, troopers said.

The 121-car lead engine train was not damaged, troopers said.

Engineer Larry Duane Jones, 39, of Dillsburg, Pa., and conductor Robert Lynn Shubert, 42, of Middletown, Pa., were not injured., troopers said.

The accident was still under investigation Sunday night.

In April, Hykes' husband, Mark Donald Hykes, and their 4-year-old son, Daniel, were killed in a four-vehicle accident at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Hill Road, according to state police.


Multiple trauma ruled cause of Pa. teen's death

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Franklin County Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer said Sunday that multiple trauma was the cause of death for a 16-year-old girl killed Friday when the car she was driving ran into a truck on Pa. 16.

Peiffer said Kathryn C. Orf of Webster Groves, Mo., was wearing a seat belt in the 2:59 p.m. accident one mile west of U.S. 11 in Antrim Township. He said an autopsy uncovered no physical impairment that might have contributed to the accident.

Orf was traveling west when the 1994 Buick Regal she was driving crossed into the eastbound lane and hit a truck towing a wood chipper, according to Pennsylvania State Police. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peiffer said state police impounded the car for inspection to determine if there were any mechanical problems.

Orf's passenger, a 6-year-old Mercersburg, Pa., boy, and the driver and two passengers in the truck, were treated for minor injuries, according to state police.

Peiffer said Orf was in the area visiting relatives.


Frederick man jailed after domestic dispute escalates

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