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Police log for Friday, Nov. 12

November 12, 1999

Wreck leaves man in serious condition

FREDERICK, Md. - A Hagerstown man was in serious condition Thursday evening at Washington County Hospital after driving into a tree on Interstate 70 in Frederick County a day earlier, Maryland State Police in Frederick said.

Robert Allen Coleman was driving a 1990 Ford pickup truck east on I-70 east of Hollow Road when a car veered in front of him around 2:23 p.m. Wednesday.

Coleman swerved to avoid a collision and drove into the median, where he struck a tree, police said.

He was flown to Washington County Hospital.

The car that caused Coleman to lose control continued east on I-70 without stopping, police said.

No description of the car was available.

Fraudulent payroll check cashed

A fraudulent payroll check bearing the name of a Hagerstown company was cashed by a man in Clear Spring recently, according to Maryland State Police.

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Police said a man cashed a computer-generated counterfeit payroll check purportedly issued by Noland Plumbing and Heating Co., 1350 Wesel Blvd., at Hoff Liquors in Clear Spring.

Police said the man presented the store clerk with fake identification to correspond with the name of the person to whom the check was issued.

The man who cashed the check was described as white and 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build and brown hair.

He was about 50 years old and wore glasses, police said.

Police said a number of such cases have occurred in Washington County recently.

Anyone with information may call the Maryland State Police Criminal Investigation Division at 301-739-2101.

Garage fire probed

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The cause of a fire that damaged a Winchester Avenue garage was still under investigation Thursday morning, Capt. David Brining of the Martinsburg City Fire Department said.

Firefighters were called to the rear of 713 Winchester Ave. at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, Brining said.

Fire caused about $8,000 damage to the garage owned by Valley Properties in Hagerstown, he said.

The garage was divided into three sections, one of which contained several beds and other furniture.

No one hurt in wreck in Pa.

STATE LINE, Pa. - No one was hurt in a Thursday morning rear-end collision on Pa. 163 near Interstate 81, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Jeremy Jacob Rettig, 23, of Greencastle, Pa., was westbound when his 1990 Ford Taurus hit a 1995 Mercury Tracer from behind shortly after midnight, police said.

The driver of the Mercury, Lisa Kay Smith, 44, of Hagerstown, had slowed down for traffic, police said.

Both vehicles were towed.

Pair hurt when truck hits their car

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., couple were hurt Wednesday when their 1994 Oldsmobile was struck from behind by a truck on Interstate 81, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Larry Decker, 66, and Helen Decker, no age available, were northbound in the right lane near exit 3 when their car was hit by a truck driven by Joseph Powers, 34, of Clifton, Colo., police said.

The car went onto the berm, hit the guardrail and traveled about 60 feet, police said.

Both were treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Man hit by car while directing traffic

QUINCY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man was hit by a car after directing traffic around a church bus that had run out of gas, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Jerry Logan, 44, was treated at Waynesboro Hospital and released after the accident, which occurred at 9:45 p.m. Monday, police said.

The bus ran out of gas on Pa. 316 between Manheim Road and Hess Benedict Road.

Logan was returning to his car after directing traffic around the bus when a car driven by Gwen Renee Mooney, 22, of Chambersburg, Pa., crested a hill, police said.

Logan was thrown about 10 feet and hurt his left leg, police said.

Mooney's car hit an embankment and rolled onto its roof. She was not hurt, police said.

Equipment trailer stolen from home

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday were investigating the overnight theft of an equipment trailer from a Peters Township man's home.

Between midnight and 8 a.m. Wednesday, the 18-foot trailer was stolen from the home of Raymond Daye in the 1900 block of Path Valley Road, police said. Anyone with information may call state police at 1-717-264-5161.

Two arrested on drug charges

FREDERICK, Md. - Two men faced drug charges Thursday after Frederick City Police served a search and seizure warrant.

Police executed the warrant at 233 W. 5th St. in Frederick at around 4:30 p.m. and alleged they found a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Sean Gerard, 24, and Danielle A. Shenos, 21, both of the 200 block of West 5th Street, were each charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Shenos was served with a Frederick County District Court arrest warrant for failure to appear in court.

Bond hearings were pending.

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