Police log

January 25, 1999

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 19-year-old Martinsburg woman was killed and two others were injured Sunday evening in a single-vehicle accident on northbound Interstate 81 five miles north of Martinsburg.

Jamie Lynn Douglass was ejected from the front passenger seat of the 1993 Mazda in the 8:30 p.m. accident, according to Trooper R.C. Copson. Pronounced dead at City Hospital, Douglass was apparently wearing a shoulder harness but no lap seat belt, police said.

Douglass was a student at Shepherd College. Her on-campus address was 319 Gardiner Hall, police said.

The driver, Sara Poisal, 18, of Martinsburg, lost control of her car, which left the west side of I-81 and overturned several times, police said.

The car came to rest on its wheels in the median, police said.

Poisal and a 17-year-old back seat passenger were treated for minor injuries at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released.

Poisal was charged with failure to maintain control of her vehicle, police said.


An Oklahoma trucker whose rig plowed into a Smithsburg home early Sunday remained in the Washington County Detention Center this morning on $25,000 bond.

Jerry Ludwick II was charged with hit and run, driving while intoxicated, negligent driving, log book violations and an additional alcohol charge, according to Maryland State Police.

The Hoyt Miller Enterprises truck out of Fargo, Okla. struck the front porch of Walter Kipe's home at 43 N. Main St. in Smithsburg at 1:29 a.m. Sunday.

Kipe, who told police he was awakened by the sound of the impact, saw the truck leaving the scene. He contacted police.

Police were able to stop the truck a short time later at Fruit Tree Drive off Md. 64.

Hagerstown City Police are looking for a red 1995 Dodge Spirit that was reported stolen early today from the 1600 block of Woodlands Run.

The car, valued at $12,000, has Maryland tags CRT-419. The keys may be with the vehicle, police said.

Shirley Yvette Tate, 40, of Baltimore, was charged Saturday with misdemeanor theft at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown, Maryland State Police said.

The alleged theft occured at the Springmaid Outlet, police said. The items were all recovered.

A burglary Saturday at 16509 National Pike netted thieves about $3,500 in jewelry and electronics, Maryland State Police said.

Taken were a gold necklace, a watch, assorted men's and women's jewelry, a Sony Playstation and a Sony camcorder, police said.

SMITHSBURG - Two men were charged with drug offenses after allegedly admitting to police they were smoking marijuana at the Wolfe's Den Tavern on West Water Street at 1:17 p.m. Wednesday, according to Officer Michael Neuland.

Terry Lee Shaffer, 31, of Washington Court, Smithsburg and Jonathan Lester Fox, 23, of 11780 Clyde Young Road, Woodsboro, Md. were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were released on their own recognizance after spending the night at the Washington County Detention Center.

Smithsburg Police were called to the bar on an anonymous complaint that three men were smoking drugs there.

Police questioned the men and they admitted to having marijuana with them.

Hagerstown City Police responded to a number of calls over the weekend.

- On Sunday, the owner of a 1991 Honda found that someone had removed his right rear tire and wheel which the vehicle was parked behind the Hagerstown YMCA.

- A DeWalt saw and drill valued at $458 was taken from a vehicle parked in the 900 block of Corbett Street Sunday.

- A $1,000 diamond ring belonging to an employee at Bob Evans Restaurant at 1721 Dual Highway was taken from the office area.

- Power and hand tools valued at $1,395 were taken from a Larry and Sons plumbing truck parked in the 300 block of Bryan Place on Saturday.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged with trespassing after he allegedly was disorderly at the X-Hale Night Club in Frederick Saturday, according to the Frederick Police Department.

James Arthur Sawitzke, 35, of the 6000 block of Golden Valley Court, Frederick was taken to the Frederick County Central Booking and was later on his own recognizance.

Officer Steve Myer was on foot patrol in the area of the bar when observed club employees attempting to remove the disorderly man.

After Myer explained to him that had to leave he did. However, he returned a few minutes later and was arrested for trespassing, police said.

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