Police log

July 20, 1998

Trauma ruled cause of 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.

Officer injured during pursuit

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

He 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.

W.Va. teen facing drug charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A 19-year-old Charles Town, W.Va., youth was charged with drug offenses early Saturday after Frederick City Police noticed him sitting in a car in Grove Park after closing hours.

William D. Andrews Jr. was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute the drug, police said.

A juvenile in the car wasn't charged.

When officers approached Andrews' car at 2 a.m., they searched the vehicle and found approximately 10 individually wrapped bags of suspected marijuana - packed to sell for $10 and $20, police said.

Andrews was being held Sunday night at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $20,000 bond.

Guns stolen from home in Pa.

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a rifle and shotgun were reported stolen in a burglary Thursday that was interrupted by the victim.

The report said the home of James Mathers, of 2216 Keller Road, St. Thomas, was entered through a sliding patio door.

Mathers, 54, arrived home at about 3 p.m. and three Hispanic men fled the residence in a silver or gray sedan, police said.

Police said a Mossburg shotgun, a Ruger .22-caliber rifle and a Beeman .177-caliber air rifle were stolen from the house.

Alarm scares off would-be burglar

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a burglar alarm apparently scared off a burglar Saturday morning at the Keystone Country Store, 186 Path Valley Road.

The report said a rear basement door was pried open, setting off the alarm at 1:24 a.m. The report did not indicate whether anything was stolen.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police last week charged a Greencastle, Pa., man with delivery of marijuana and cocaine for two incidents that occurred in May.

According to the police report, Corey Lee Gordon, of 203 S. Antrim Way, was arrested outside his home on Wednesday on warrants issued by District Justice Larry Meminger.

He was also charged by Greencastle Borough Police with possession of a small amount of marijuana when he was being taken into custody on the warrants.

State police said that on May 1, a man sold an undercover trooper a quarter of an ounce of marijuana in the parking lot of Rutter's store on U.S. 11 in Marion, Pa. Later the same day, the man sold the same trooper two grams of cocaine in the parking lot of the Rocky Springs Church at the intersection of Letterkenny and Rocky Run roads in Greene Township, Pa., police said.

Gordon who was released over the weekend after posting $10,000 bond, jail officials said.

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 53-year-old Oakland, Md., man escaped serious injury early Friday when his tractor-trailer ran off the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Brush Township and rolled 75 feet down an embankment.

Richard Lee Butts, of 5202 Hutton Road, was taken to the Fulton County Medical Center shortly after the 7:30 a.m. accident, according to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper B.T. Campbell.

He was treated and released, Campbell said.

Butts was driving a 1997 Mack truck, which was loaded with engine blocks bound for the Mack Trucks plant in Hagerstown, Campbell said.

The investigation of the accident is continuing.

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