Police log

August 21, 1998

Diesel fuel spills on Interstate 70

A 100-gallon diesel fuel spill early Thursday on Interstate 70 kept firefighters from Funkstown and Halfway busy for several hours.

Also on the scene of the 2:30 a.m. incident just northeast of Hagerstown were Civil Defense and Hazmat personnel.

Headlights stolen from parked van

A shopper at the Eastern Boulevard Food Lion on Wednesday returned to a 1987 Plymouth Voyager and found that thieves had taken both headlight assemblies, Maryland State Police said.

The value was $400.

Also Wednesday, lawn furniture and a pump were taken from a site on Beaver Creek Church Road. The loss was $215.


Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft Wednesday of concrete statues of a young girl and an angel, both measuring 12 inches by 30 inches, from 42 Redwood Drive.

Also taken Wednesday was a white lion statue, valued at $100, from a lawn at 17611 Stone Valley Drive, deputies said.

Cash, cigarettes taken from store

Cash and cigarettes were taken in a burglary reported Thursday morning at a Hagerstown-area convenience store, Maryland State Police said.

The break-in occurred between 12:30 and 4:40 a.m. at the I-70 Sunoco and Food Mart, 1450 S. Potomac St., police said.

Power to the building was turned off and a large rock was thrown through the front door, police said.

Money from a floor safe and a carton of cigarettes were taken, police said.

Troopers collected evidence at the scene Thursday morning, including some discarded clothing, police said.

Two separate wrecks injure three

FREDERICK, Md. - Within a span of 20 minutes late Wednesday afternoon, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies were called to two separate accidents that resulted in serious injuries.

At 5:30 p.m., deputies were sent to Putman Road, where a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle, deputies said.

James Bentz Jr., age and address unavailable, was eastbound on his touring bike when it collided with a vehicle driven by Barbara McElroy, age unavailable, of Frederick.

Bentz was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where his condition was critical Thursday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

McElroy was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital, deputies said.

Twenty minutes later, Richard Wayne Reaver, age unknown, of Union Bridge, Md., overturned his 1991 Dodge pickup truck on Coppermine Road after careening into an embankment, deputies said.

Reaver also was flown to Shock Trauma, where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

W.Va. home destroyed by fire

HALLTOWN, W.Va. - Fire destroyed a two-story frame house along U.S. 340 in Halltown early Thursday, according to a fire official.

The residents were at home at the time, but were able to escape safely, said Steve Wilt, captain of the Friendship Fire Co.

Names of the homeowners were not available.

Wilt said a cause of the fire, which was reported about 12:30 a.m., had not been determined. The house was down the street from a Methodist church, Wilt said.

Victim serious after I-81 accident

An accident on Interstate 81 Wednesday morning sent one person to Washington County Hospital with serious injuries, according to hospital officials.

David Royce Beeghly, 30, of 18624 Northhaven Ave., was in serious condition Thursday in the intensive care unit.

Williamsport fire and ambulance personnel responded to the 6:11 a.m. accident between the first and second Williamsport exits.

Maryland State Police Trooper First Class T.J. McKenrick said a pickup overturned several times in the median strip and the driver was thrown from the vehicle.

Torch causes roundhouse fire

Firefighters put out a small fire at the Hagerstown roundhouse property Thursday afternoon, according to the Hagerstown Fire Department.

The residual fire was caused by workers who had been using a welder's cutting torch to remove asbestos earlier in the day, Battalion Chief C. Kingsley Poole said.

The 5:55 p.m. fire was contained to a column and two beams in a shop building that is connected to the roundhouse by an office building, Poole said.

Workers are removing asbestos from the buildings, which are scheduled to be razed.

Poole said the fire did not pose any environmental hazards.

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