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November 05, 1998

Overturned rig closes overpass

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Southbound Interstate 81 was closed at the Woodstock Road overpass for about two hours early Thursday after a tractor-trailer overturned, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The Freightliner was southbound just before midnight Wednesday when it left the highway, hit a guard rail and traveled about 215 feet, overturning on its side, police said.

The truck didn't leak any fuel, police said.

The driver, Derrie Chenoweth, of Paris, Tenn., was cited for roadways laned for traffic and log book violations, police said.

Chenoweth was wearing a seat belt and not injured, police said.

Police did not know why the tractor-trailer left the highway.

Man sentenced on money, drug charges

ELKINS, W.Va. - A Bakerton, W.Va., man was sentenced Tuesday on illegal monetary transaction and drug charges in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Elkins by Judge Robert E. Maxwell, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney.


Charles Lee Brewer, 53, was sentenced to 17 years and six months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release, according to the press release.

He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and to forfeit $56,500 in U.S. currency, according to the release.

Brewer pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of illegally structuring money transactions in July and August 1997, in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Charles Town, W.Va., according to the release. He also pleaded guilty on Feb. 10, 1997, to one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine on April 13, 1995, in Charles Town, according to the release.

Brewer was put in the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending designation to a federal institution, according to the release.

Martinsburg man faces drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was arrested after being found unconscious and with drugs on his person at the Hoyts Theaters Thursday, Martinsburg City Police alleged.

Michael Joseph Kretzmer, 20, of Rt. 4, Box 268, was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, possession of marijuana less than 15 grams and being intoxicated in public, police said.

Police alleged they noticed a strong odor of alcohol when called to the scene. They found a bag containing marijuana stuffed in his front pants pocket, and a bag which held several intravenous drugs in the other front pocket, police alleged.

Kretzmer was released on $6,000 bond.

Dog, cars stolen

Hagerstown City Police said the following incidents were reported Wednesday:

* A white and brown male pit bull named Lord was stolen from 133 Elm St. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

* A dark blue 1988 Buick LeSabre with West Virginia registration NS6309 was stolen from the 1400 block of Haven Road.

* A Hyundai with a temporary tag was stolen from the back yard of 59 Madison Ave.

* A DeWalt 14-volt drill and a combination set of saws were stolen from a van, the window of which had been shattered, at 525 W. Franklin St. The tools are valued at $360.

Passenger stable after accident

FREDERICK, Md. - Two people were seriously injured Wednesday when the cars in which they were riding collided at the intersection of U.S. 15 and Hayward Road.

Maryland State Police said a car driven by Margaret Thomas, 52, of Frederick, was approaching the intersection southbound and attempted to make a left turn onto Hayward Road. A northbound car driven by Erin Turk, 18, of Mt. Airy, Md., also turned and collided with the vehicle, police said.

Debris from both vehicles struck a third car, police said.

Thomas refused medical treatment, but her passenger, David Weller, 39, of Frederick, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious but stable condition Thursday evening.

Turk was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Her passenger, Amanda Fogel, 18, of Mt. Airy, Md., was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was discharged Wednesday evening, according to a spokeswoman.

Woman's condition serious after wreck

FREDERICK, Md. - Maryland State Police are trying to determine why a 1990 Honda Accord ran off Motter Station Road at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday and struck a utility pole.

The driver, Janet Louise Capasso, of 2115 Burrier Lane, Detour, Md., was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she was in serious condition Thursday evening, hospital officials said.

Police said Capasso was northbound north of Md. 77 when her car went into a sharp left-hand curve, veered to the left side of the road and hit the pole.

The car then went through a barbed wire fence and came to rest in a field, police said.

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