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Police log 11/3

November 04, 1999

Armed robbery occurs at mall; search intense

HALFWAY - Police searched from the air and on the ground Wednesday night for a person who committed an armed robbery at the Valley Mall.

Authorities began the search after the 9:30 p.m. robbery.

By 10 p.m., a Maryland State Police helicopter was scanning the Halfway area and officers on the ground searched wooded areas for the robber, police said.

A K-9 unit helped in the search.

Additional information was unavailable.


Crash, fuel spill close road more than 2 hours

MIDDLEWAY, W.Va. - A tractor-trailer fuel spill closed W.Va. 51 for 21/2 hours Wednesday morning, according to West Virginia State Police.


A Kearneysville, W.Va., man tried to enter eastbound W.Va. 51 from the Hidden River subdivision when his Oldsmobile sedan and the westbound tractor-trailer collided, causing the truck to jackknife and rupture a fuel tank, said Senior Trooper Geoffrey S. Petsko.

"We're very fortunate. It could very easily have been a fatality," Petsko said.

Steven Smith, 42, of Inwood, W.Va., used some defensive driving maneuvers that Petsko said he believed prevented injuries. Smith drives for Markle's Inc. in Bunker Hill, W.Va.

Herbert Jenkins Jr., 47, was charged with failure to yield at an intersection, police said. Jenkins' 9-year-old daughter was a passenger in the car.

Petsko said drivers were directed to alternate routes as the two-lane W.Va. 51 was closed in both directions from 8:30 a.m. until about 11 a.m. between the Berkeley County line and Leetown Road.


Pa. woman faces drug charges after accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Shippensburg, Pa., woman was charged with drug possession after the car she was in veered off Mount Olive Road Wednesday morning, according to West Virginia State Police.

Melissa C. Ming, 30, was charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine, said Sgt. E.B. Starcher.

Ming was treated at City Hospital, a spokeswoman there said.

Starcher said Ming was the only person found at the accident scene and police don't know who the driver was. Ming, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was found face down on the passenger side of the white 1992 Honda Civic, he said.

The Civic was southbound on Mount Olive Road south of W.Va. 9 around 2 a.m. when the driver lost control coming out of a curve and hit a tree on the west side of the road, Starcher said.

The car then crossed the road and hit an embankment, he said.


Woman hurt in wreck on Pennsylvania Ave.

A Hagerstown woman was injured Tuesday when her car skidded on a wet Pennsylvania Avenue and crashed into a light pole, Hagerstown City Police said.

Debra Ann Burger, 47, was driving north on Pennsylvania Avenue at about 4:20 p.m. when the 1996 Ford Thunderbird crashed into the pole at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Charles Street, police said.

Burger, who was trapped inside the car, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated and released.


Eatery's sign damaged

McDonald's Restaurant at 330 E. Washington St. reported that someone did $1,000 damage to a lighted exit sign Monday night, Hagerstown City Police said.

Cash, cigarettes taken in burglary at tavern

A break-in at Lauren's Tavern, 204 E. Franklin St., was reported Tuesday to Hagerstown City Police.

A door on the west side of the tavern was pried open and cash and cigarettes were taken, police said.


Stereo stolen from car

An estimated $1,275 worth of stereo equipment was reported stolen Tuesday from a 1994 Bronco parked in the North Potomac Street Parking Deck, Hagerstown City Police said.

The rear window of the vehicle was smashed, police said.


County thefts reported

HALFWAY - Two thefts were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday:

* A CD player and amplifier valued at $700 was taken from a vehicle parked at the Virginia Avenue Shell.

* A CD player, amplifier and speakers valued at $800 were taken from the service department at Hagerstown Ford on Massey Boulevard.

Chambersburg man hurt in crash on I-81

MARLOWE, W.Va. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man was injured Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 81, according to West Virginia State Police.

Andrew Cover, 64, address unavailable, was in satisfactory condition Wednesday night at Martinsburg City Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor.

Police said Cover was driving south at 6:48 p.m. when he lost control of the 1997 Ford Thunderbird. The car went through the median and across both northbound lanes before going off the east side of the highway.

The accident was still under investigation, according to police.


Two tree stands stolen

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two tree stands were reported stolen Monday from a wooded area along Ridge Road in Antrim Township, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.

Between Friday and Monday, someone took a Northstarr model Superstar 13-foot gray ladder tree stand and a Trax-America model Bow Master 12-foot green tree stand both belonging to Richard Allen Nicarry, 46, of Waynesboro, Pa., police said.

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