Police log

June 01, 1999

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A 32-year-old Martinsburg woman was flown to a Virginia hospital Monday afternoon after she slipped and fell 40 feet from a cliff in Hedgesville, according to a member of the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Company.

The woman was walking along a narrow path above the Blue Hole swimming area with her boyfriend around 5:30 p.m. Monday when she lost her footing and fell into the water, Hedgesville paramedic Jim McQuaid said.

The woman's name was withheld by rescue workers.

The woman lost conciousness for a brief period after the fall, but her boyfriend ran down to the water and kept her head above water until help arrived, McQuaid said.

Rescuers placed her on a back board and used a nearby fishing boat to float her 300 yards to a waiting ambulance, McQuaid said.


The woman complained off severe back pain, but had regained feeling in her legs and arms when she was taken by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

FREDERICK, Md. - A 48-year-old Chambersburg, Pa., woman was critically injured Sunday evening in a three-motorcycle accident on U.S. 40 at Bowers Road, Maryland State Police said.

Debra Sue East was a passenger on one of the cycles involved in the 7:20 p.m. accident, police said.

She was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center by helicopter. Her condition late Monday afternoon was critical, a nursing supervisor said.

The operators of the three cycles were Alan David East, 44, and Brian Keith Shives, 32, both of Chambersburg, and Terrance Eugene Pepple, 36, of Waynesboro, Pa.

All three were treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, a nursing supervisor said.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An auto body shop at 2636 Rocky Springs Road was destroyed Monday morning after a nearby brush fire started by the shop owner got out of hand.

"No one was hurt but a lot of our firefighters were exhausted because of the heat," said Franklin Fire Company Chief Jeff Clopper.

No estimate of damages was available Monday.

The fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. and firefighters were on the scene until 2 p.m., Clopper said.

FREDERICK, Md. - An armed robber who took money from a clerk at Jim's Liquors Sunday evening was still at large today, according to Frederick City Police.

The 6:50 p.m. incident occurred at the 1595 Opossumtown Pike store, police said.

The man came in, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, police said. He was last seen leaving the area in a grey vehicle.

The robber is described as black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 30 years old, with a moustache. He was wearing a blue hat, light--colored shirt, black shorts and sneakers.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call Frederick Police at 301-694-2100.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 17-year-old Chambersburg youth escaped serious injury early Monday when his car hit a utility pole on Sunset Pike and rolled over several times, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Joshua Lynn Leininger, of 1283 Mallard Drive West, was wearing his seatbelt when the 6:45 a.m. accident occurred, police said.

His 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier was heavily damaged, as was 175 feet of wire fence of the Letterkenny Army Depot, police said.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Thurmont man was charged with alcohol and drug offenses Sunday after his truck ran into Owens Creek about 11:30 p.m.

Blaine Clifford Burrier, age unknown, was unhurt and had gotten out of his 1990 Dodge when Maryland State Police arrived to find the vehicle submerged in three feet of water.

Police charged him with driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

SHARPSBURG, Md. - A police trip to serve a warrant on a Sharpsburg man Sunday led to additional charges of auto theft, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Jake Sol Laster, 23, of 110 W. Antietam St., Sharpsburg, was charged with two counts of auto theft and two counts of felony theft. He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $7,600 bond.

Deputies Ken Cain and John Martin went to Laster's home Sunday at 11:45 a.m. to serve a warrant when they saw two vehicles out front and ran them through the National Crime Information Computer.

Both were listed as stolen, deputies said.

A 1993 Ford Probe had been reported stolen to West Virginia State Police on May 24; and a 1991 Jeep Wrangler was listed as stolen by Maryland State Police in Frederick on May 29.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro man was listed in critical condition after being thrown from a dune buggy as it rolled over at about 5:20 p.m. Monday on Mentzer Gap Road near Quincy Township, Pa., according to a statement from the Pennsylvania State Police.

After the accident, Michael Boswell, 38, of Mentzer Gap Road, Waynesboro, Pa. was flown by helicopter to Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., where he was listed in critical condition Monday evening.

According to the statement, police did know if Boswell was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

A Sharpsburg man tipped his pickup truck onto its side in a McDonald's parking lot at about 9 p.m. Monday when he turned the wheel sharply as he was backing the truck down a small hill, according to Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Mark Renner.

Oscar Evans, 21, was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of "scrapes and bruises," Renner said.

Evans was driving a 1993 Ford Ranger in a McDonald's parking lot at Dual Highway and Cannon Avenue in Hagerstown, Renner said.

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