Police log

August 31, 1999

Hagerstown boy receives burns

A 17-year-old boy who was soaking tennis balls in gasoline and then setting them on fire last week sustained second-degree burns over 12-15 percent of his body.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh said the incident occurred Aug. 25 in an alley behind the 500 block of Ridge Avenue.

The teenager was taken to Washington County Hospital where he was treated for his burns and released.


Boys get in trouble over pulling alarm

A dare landed two young boys in trouble Sunday morning when one challenged the other to pull a fire alarm, according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh.


"The 8-year-old dared the 7-year-old to pull the alarm at West North Avenue and North Prospect Street at 10:30 a.m.," Hersh said.

Both boys were referred to the Juvenile Firesetters program at Children's Village of Washington County. Whether they are charged will depend on whether they attend the classes, Hersh said.


Four hurt when cars wreck in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - Four people were injured in a two-car collision at the intersection of Md. 17 and Md. 180 Sunday afternoon, Maryland State Police in Frederick said.

Police said Ernesto Carlos, 20, of South Haven, Miss., was driving a 1992 Ford Tempo, north on Md. 17 and Joshua Lenn Doster, 18, of Frederick, was driving a 1994 Nissan Sentra eastbound on Md. 180 when the vehicles collided at 1:36 p.m.

Carlos was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in serious condition Monday evening.

Doster and his passengers, Angela Hischak, 16, and Joey Hischak, 13, both of Frederick, were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital. A hospital supervisor refused to provide information on their conditions Monday.

Police said Doster was cited for failure to stop and yield.


Va. man charged after accident

THURMONT, Md. - A Virginia man was charged with negligent driving after he lost control of his car on U.S. 15 in Frederick County Sunday evening, according to Maryland State Police in Frederick.

Sheenu Jalla, 24, of McClean, Va., was driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee south on U.S. 15 when he attempted to pass a vehicle, lost control of his Jeep and hit a bridge over Tippen Drive at 9 p.m., police said.

His Jeep overturned on southbound U.S. 15.

Jalla was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital. A hospital supervisor refused to provide information about his condition.


Police handle two wrecks within hour

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department was called to two-car accidents within an hour of each other Monday evening.

A Frederick man was cited after his vehicle crossed the center line of Gas House Pike and hit another vehicle head-on at around 5 p.m., Frederick City Police said.

Police said Gregory E. Wills Jr., of Gas House Pike was driving in the 8000 block of Gas House Pike when his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Jeffrey A. Morrison.

Morrison was treated at Washington County Hospital and released. His passenger, son Tyler, 10, was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released.

Wills refused treatment, police said.

Wills was charged with failure to drive right of center and driving with a revoked license, police said.

About an hour later, Frederick Police were called to the 300 block of East Patrick Street for a second head-on collision.

Police said Kara A. McCormick, 20, of Frederick, had fallen asleep and her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a van driven by Mary E. Sudduth of Mount Airy, Md.

Sudduth's husband John, who was a passenger in the car, was being treated in the emergency room at Frederick Memorial Hospital Monday evening.

McCormick was charged with failure to drive right of center, police said.

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