Four-vehicle accident closes bridge for two hours

July 02, 1999

The U.S. 340 bridge connecting Jefferson County, W.Va., with Washington County was closed for about two hours Friday after a chain-reaction accident involving four vehicles, Maryland State Police said.

Ryan Russell Moore, 17, of Middletown, Md., was driving west on U.S. 340 at about 3:40 p.m. when his 1992 Chevrolet struck the vehicle in front of him, police said. Moore was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid collision, police said.

The first vehicle struck was a Dodge van driven by Gilbert Harry Stone III, 33, of Hedgesville, W.Va. He was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital. His condition was unavailable Friday.

The impact caused Stone's van to strike a 1988 Nissan driven by Michael W. Green, 37, of Inwood, W.Va., police said.


Green's car, in turn, struck a 1998 Dodge van driven by Earl Dean Stegall, 32.

Both sides of the bridge were closed while workers cleaned up a fuel leak caused by the accident, police said.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with touching a woman between the legs on Thursday, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Paul Dewey Stanley, 47, of 232 Beth St., was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, police said.

The incident allegedly occurred at his home.

Stanley was being held Friday at Eastern Regional Jail on $7,500 bond.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police raided a Berkeley County home Friday and seized 194 grams of suspected marijuana, cash and tools, authorities said.

Allen Lee Lowe, 22, of Martins Landing Apartments No. 333, was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, police said.

Police executed a search warrant at about 10:05 a.m. Troopers found multiple bags of a green, leafy vegetable believed to be marijuana, police said. The bags were located in the bedroom closet, under the bed and on the entertainment system, police said.

Police seized the suspected drugs along with $1,209 in cash that was in a bag next to the bed, multiple small plastic sandwich bags, two hand scales, an electronic scale, a smoking bong and additional objects used in the packaging and selling of marijuana.

MARION, Pa. - Several buildings and vehicles along Kennedy and Colorado streets were vandalized Thursday night and Friday morning, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

Cash, various power tools and hand tools were taken from out-buildings and sheds, police said. The stolen goods were estimated at $6,000.

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