Police log

September 14, 1998

Teen charged in W.Va. arsons

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 15-year-old Charles Town boy was recently charged in connection with three arsons that occurred in August, according to the Jefferson County detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

The youth was charged with 19 felony counts involving arson, attempted arson and the use and possession of incendiary devices (Molotov cocktails), police said. He also faces two misdemeanor charges in the damage of railroad structures, police said.

The charges stem from an attempted arson in August at Hydrochem Laboratories in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., and incidents involving a bridge and tracks of the Norfolk Southern Railroad on Aug. 13 and 14 in the Shenandoah Junction area, police said. All of the fires burned out without causing substantial damage, police said.


Following a detention hearing Friday, the teen was placed in the Eastern West Virginia Juvenile Detention Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., police said.

The incidents were investigated by Senior Trooper A.M. Zaltzman with assistance from the Norfolk Southern Railroad Police.

Car wrecks, is then destroyed by fire

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a car that was involved in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning was later destroyed by a fire.

The police report by Trooper Scott A. Roussell said the accident on Stoney Batter Road in Peters Township, Pa., occurred between 2 and 7 a.m.

Tina Marie Alfeo, 36, of Mercersburg, was westbound when the 1993 Mitsubishi Diamante ran off the north side of the road, hitting three trees, according to the report.

Alfeo and her passenger, Barry Guyer, 26, of Mercersburg, both suffered minor injuries, but drove the car from the scene and parked it behind the Foot Of The Mountain Restaurant, 14191 Buchanan Trail West.

The two went into an apartment to the rear of the restaurant and after that, the car caught on fire, according to the report.

Three injured in Pa. accident

QUINCY, Pa. - A Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center nursing supervisor said a Fayetteville, Pa., man was released Sunday after being injured in a two-car collision Friday evening on Clay Hill Road.

Martin Mentzer, 27, of 4934 Spruce Road, was taken to Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital following the accident, but was later flown to Hershey, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The accident happened at 7:10 p.m. as Mentzer was traveling west, police said. A 1986 Ford Bronco II driven by Stephanie Stouffer, 22, was westbound and crossed a double yellow line on a curve, colliding with the 1992 Toyota Corolla driven by Mentzer, police said.

Stouffer was treated at Waynesboro Hospital and released, as was Mentzer's passenger, Ken Perry, 28, of Fayetteville, police said.

Pa. man's condition serious after wreck

HUSTONTOWN, Pa. - A Hustontown man injured in a fatal accident on Sept. 6 was moved out of the intensive care unit of Conemaugh Memorial Hospital on Sunday, according to a nursing supervisor.

Herbert Hedge, 63, had been listed in critical condition after the accident on Pa. 475 a mile south of Hustontown. A nursing supervisor said he was still in serious condition.

The accident happened at about 8:30 p.m. when a car driven by Susan Pine, 19, of Mercersburg, Pa., crossed into the opposing lane and hit Hedge's vehicle, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Pine later died at Fulton County (Pa.) Medical Center, police said.

Man faces DUI, possession charges

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man faces drug charges after he was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in Letterkenny Township, Pa., on Sunday morning, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The police report said Jeffrey Lee Davis, 38, was found at 1:30 a.m. on Rocky Spring Road. A plastic bag of marijuana and a pipe were also found in the 1990 GMC Sierra, according to police.

Davis was charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana, police said.

Police said Davis was taken to Franklin County Prison after he refused to provide them with the name of someone to pick him up at the police barracks.

Grocery burglary under investigation

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred between 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday at the Grocery Outlet, 2116 Lincoln Way East.

The report said the grocery store was entered through a vent in the roof. Once inside, the burglar or burglars tried unsuccessfully to break into an office safe, according to police.

Md. man charged with assault

FREDERICK, Md. - Numerous charges were filed against a Walkersville, Md., man after a woman was stabbed and the attacker fled from police Sunday morning.

According to Maryland State Police, Trooper Sgt. Robert Reid pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation when a Chevrolet pickup truck came to a stop nearby at the 100 block of Kline Boulevard.

Reid said the female driver ran to him and said her husband assaulted and threatened to kill her. The suspect was a passenger in the pickup truck, Reid said.

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