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Police log

September 10, 1999

Traffic stop leads to charges

Two drug arrests were made early Friday after Hagerstown City Police tried to stop an unlicensed driver in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street.

When the vehicle was stopped in the 600 block of North Prospect Street at 1:43 a.m., police found amounts of cocaine and marijuana.

Edward Lee Williams, 37, of 658 N. Prospect St., Apt. 2, and Earlean Williams, 18, of 654 N. Prospect St., Apt. 3, were each charged with possession of illegal drugs, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

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Both were awaiting appearances before a bond commissioner this morning.

Lightning hits home on Westminster Ct.

A house at 457 Westminster Court was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm Thursday evening, according to Funkstown Fire Department Lt. Kevin Kotanko.

The house's electrical system was damaged and a few shingles were loosened, he said.

The residents were notified of the lightning strike by a neighbor around 9:30 p.m., he said.

When firefighters arrived, they inspected the house and found no fire. A few outlets were burned, he said.

In such a situation, he recommends residents leave their homes and contact the fire department immediately, he said.

In addition to Funkstown, Hagerstown Fire Department's Junior and Pioneer Hook and Ladder responded.

The storm, which started around 8:30 p.m., dumped about 0.21 inches of rain on the city, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

Area police said no accidents occurred and no utility wires were knocked down during the brief storm.

Thursday's weather was humid and reached 86 degrees.

The added precipitation brings the city's total to more than 3 inches for the month, Keefer said.

The National Weather Service predicted more rain late Thursday with partial clearing Friday and sunny skies for the weekend. Highs through Sunday should be between 75 and 80 degrees.

Medal of Honor stolen from school

A U.S. Army Congressional Medal of Honor was stolen from a display case in Claggett Hall at St. James School Tuesday.

The medal, which belongs to Richard Bettencourt, is valued at $350, Maryland State Police said.

Troopers are also investigating the theft of a $4,500 hot tub from a home at Stonehenge Farm off Spielman Road, reported Wednesday by the Silver Spring, Md., owners.

Pet store reports break-in, theft

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a breaking and entering at Pugh's Petcetera on Pennsylvania Avenue.

A small amount of cash was taken but damages were about $500.

Pa. candidate pleads innocent

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A candidate for a seat on the Chambersburg Borough Council pleaded innocent this week in Franklin County Court to charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Gary Lynn Hawbaker, 32, of 138 N. Third St., was charged by Pennsylvania State Police in June with failing to return uniforms and equipment issued to him before he resigned his job as a Franklin County Prison corrections officer in April.

Hawbaker is the Democratic nominee for the First Ward seat. He is running against incumbent Republican William McLaughlin in the Nov. 2 election, according to county election records.

Hawbaker's attorney David R. Yoder said the charges are misdemeanors. He said most of the missing equipment "did turn up, strewn about the borough as trash."

Yoder said the county prison has no written policy regarding the return of equipment by former employees. Hawbaker's case has been scheduled for the November trial term.

Worker remains in critical condition

FREDERICK, Md. - A construction worker remained in critical condition this morning, two days after a backhoe he was operating overturned, pinning him to the ground.

Gary Wayne Poole, of Sykesville, Md., was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore shortly after the 3:47 p.m. incident Wednesday.

Poole was working for Fogle's Septic installing a sewer line at a residence in the 6600 block of Coldstream Drive west, according to Frederick County Sheriff's deputies who responded to the scene.

Coins stolen from soda machine

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Thieves got away with an undetermined number of coins after breaking into a soda machine Thursday at Smith's Implements Inc. in the 12200 block of Buchanan Trail West, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg.

Merchandise stolen from mall in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than $600 in stolen merchandise from stores in the Chambersburg Mall was recovered Thursday evening when Pennsylvania State Police stopped a vehicle in the Fort Loudon area.

Patrick David King, 26, of McConnellsburg, Pa., was arraigned before Magistrate D. J. Weyman on theft charges for a number of stores, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

When Trooper Allen Trees stopped King's vehicle, 14 pairs of denim jeans, several jackets and cologne gift packs were found, all taken from Sears and BonTon.

King was being held on $80,000 bond this morning at the Franklin County Prison.

Teen faces charges in chase

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