Police log

August 21, 1998

FREDERICK, Md. - Four Hagerstown residents were injured, one seriously, Friday afternoon when their eastbound 1994 Jeep Cherokee went out of control on Interstate 70, crossed the median and struck a Geo Metro in the westbound lanes.

The 2:06 p.m. accident occurred just east of Linganore Road, according to Maryland State Police. Officers said the Jeep flipped over several times in the median.

Westley Harmon, 5, was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., by state police helicopter, police said.

His condition was serious Friday night, a hospital spokesman said.

The driver of the Jeep, Mark Clifford, 40, and passengers Melanie Wright, 34, and Lauren Wright, 12, all of Hagerstown, were treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released.

The driver of the Geo, Charles Shoaff of Bel Air, Md., also was treated at Frederick Memorial and released.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

A pan left unattended on a stove in a Potomac Towers seventh-floor apartment brought Hagerstown firefighters out Friday at 2:37 p.m.


"A neighbor of Apartment 718 smelled and saw smoke and called 911," said Capt. Brian Pile of the Hagerstown Fire Department.

That quick action prevented the damage from spreading beyond the burned pan and light smoke that was cleared quickly by firefighters.

"The fire system didn't go off but that's only because the smoke was too light to set it off," Pile said.

The resident was shaken up but unhurt. She was tended to by Community Rescue Service personnel but refused to be taken to the hospital.

She apparently put something on the stove and then dozed off, Pile said.

Firefighters from First Hose, Antietam, Western Enterprise, South End and Pioneer Hook and Ladder responded to the call. They remained for about 45 minutes.

A BMW crashed into the westbound Interstate 70 guardrail west of Big Pool on Friday afternoon, causing the vehicle to overturn, rescue officials said.

The 2:25 p.m. accident sent two people to Washington County Hospital, said rescue officials.

Maryland State Police investigated but could provide no further information.

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill man was charged Friday with cultivation of marijuana, said West Virginia State Police.

Jamie Lewis Jeans, of 30 Dogwood Road in Happy Shores Estates, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. by Troopers V.J. Gail and R.J. Elswick.

The troopers were acting on an anonymous tip that police received Friday morning, police said.

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