Police log

October 23, 1998

Cause of woods fire still undetermined

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Officials are still trying to determine the cause of a woods fire that scorched about 15 acres in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Fire crews were still in the area Thursday extinguishing the remains of the blaze, which started Wednesday afternoon on the east bank of the Shenandoah River.

About six park officials were expected to stay in the steep, rugged area Thursday night to make sure the fire did not rekindle, said park ranger John Garner.


Man injured when van overturns

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Sellersville, Pa., man suffered moderate injuries Wednesday when the van he was driving overturned on Interstate 81 in Guilford Township, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The police report said Thomas B. Humphreys, 75, was partially ejected through the windshield in the 3:55 p.m. accident near milepost 16.

A Chambersburg Hospital spokeswoman said she was not allowed to release any information about Humphreys.

Police said Humphreys was traveling south when he lost control of a 1993 Chevy conversion van pulling a camping trailer. The van spun around and rolled onto its roof, the report said.

Humphreys was not wearing a seat belt, the report said.

Weed killer leaks when truck tips

INWOOD, W.Va. - A Chem Lawn truck fell on its side Thursday morning on U.S. 11 in front of Musselman High School, police said.

The driver of the truck did not notice a new traffic light that was installed in front of the school, said state police Trooper Dean Olack.

The driver applied his brakes and the truck overturned, said Olack.

About 10 to 20 gallons of weed killer leaked from the truck, but it did not cause concern among officials, said Olack.

City teen faces weapons charge

Reports of a loud party at 5 a.m. Tuesday resulted in gun possession charges against a 17-year-old Hagerstown male found with a loaded 9mm handgun at the Econolodge on State Line Road.

Two Maryland State Police troopers responded to the motel personnel's call and found six people having a party in two rooms.

A check revealed two of those people had weapons, including the teenager with the loaded handgun, according to Trooper 1st Class Wayne Smith.

That teenager was charged as a minor in possession of a handgun and released to the custody of his mother, Smith said.

An 18-year-old, also from Hagerstown, was found in possession of an unloaded .22-caliber handgun, Smith said. No charges have been filed in that case.

No drugs, drug paraphernalia or alcohol were evident when the troopers arrived, Smith said.

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