Police log

June 04, 1999

A Louisiana trucker overturned his rig on the ramp from northbound Interstate 81 to westbound I-70 shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, tying up traffic through the morning rush hour, Maryland State Police said.

William Gregory Joseph, 25, of Lafayette, La., was the driver of the tractor-trailer, according to police reports. no

A passenger, Russell Tipton, 40, of Brandon, Fla., was listed in fair condition Thursday evening.

The overturned truck crushed a large section of guardrail and forced motorists to go north to Halfway Boulevard, double back to I-70 and then take the other westbound lanes.

Traffic was detoured as a result of the accident.

STate Police weren't sure how long it was detoured.

A woman driving her ailing husband to Washington County Hospital Wednesday afternoon was accosted by a man on a white scooter who claimed she cut him off in traffic, Hagerstown City Police said.

The incident occurred at East Baltimore and South Locust Street at 3:40 p.m., police said.


Police said the woman tried to explain her dilemma to the man but he continued to hit her car with his fists and then assaulted her.

Passersby stopped the assault and the woman continued on her way to the hospital. The outcome of her husband's illness wasn't known this morning.

Her assailant was described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 20 to 30 years old, and was wearing green work clothes. The scooter had a white frame with a knee guard.

Officer Ernie Stoner asks that any witnesses to the incident call him at 301-790-3700.

THere is no way I would be able to find this out with out any names. The new hospital pr woman is uncooperative.

Shortly after a Hagerstown man said he was robbed and assaulted by a man with a gun Wednesday morning at Murph and Henry avenues, Hagerstown City Police found a gun hidden in an air conditioning unit in the area where he was robbed.

Police didn't know if the gun was related to the crime.

The victim said he was walking in the area at 2 a.m. when a black man in a gray T-shirt approached him and asked for money, displayed a handgun and hit him on the head with it, police said.

The robber got $100.

A Kawasaki jet ski and trailer, valued at $6,500, were reported stolen Tuesday from Bob Twigg's Cycles at 200 S. Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown City Police said.

The jet ski is white with side-by-side green seats.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies were investigating the slashing of four tires on a construction vehicle Wednesday at the site of the new Moose Club on Alt. U.S. 40 east of Funkstown.

Also on Wednesday, deputies looked into the theft of a $600 stereo from a vehicle parked at Poindexter's Transmissions at 14215 Pennsylvania Ave.

FUNKSTOWN - A woman refused medical treatment after being hit by a car on West Baltimore Street Wednesday evening, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Catherine Lee Beard, 52, of 8 W. Maple St., was crossing the street when a 1986 Ford Escort driven by Richard Evan Fritz, 36, of 105 E. Cemetery St., Funkstown, came around the corner from Antietam Street onto Baltimore Street and hit her, deputies said.

Fritz was charged with failure to exercise due care to avoid pedestrian accident in the 9:06 p.m. incident, according to Deputy Scott Smith.

NEEDMORE, Pa. - A California woman was discharged from to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Thursday after the car she was driving crashed morning on Interstate 70 in Fulton County, police said.

Tae Kyong Bosworth, age unavailable, of Edwards, Calif., received moderate head injuries in the 10:57 a.m. crash in Bethel Township on Wednesday, according to police.

Two passengers, Jonathan and Gina Bosworth, ages unavailable, were treated at the emergency room of Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. Police said both had cuts to their hands.

Police said the car was traveling east when the passengers began arguing. The report said the driver turned around to quiet them and lost control of the Nissan Maxima.

The car went into the median, flipped over and skidded on its roof into the westbound lanes. Another motorist avoided hitting the car but struck a guardrail. The report did not name that driver.

The accident closed the westbound lanes of I-70 for about 45 minutes, according to police.

Emergency personnel from the Needmore and Hancock volunteer fire companies assisted at the scene, police said.

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