Police log for Friday, July 21

July 20, 2000

Police log for Friday, July 21

Woman injured in wreck on U.S. 15

FREDERICK, Md. - A woman was in serious condition at Washington County Hospital Thursday night following a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 15 and Mountville Road earlier in the day, Maryland State Police in Frederick said.

Police said Christine McDonald, 48, of Jefferson, Md., was attempting to cross over U.S. 15 from Mountville Road in a 1991 Toyota pickup truck when the truck collided with a 1999 Dodge Durango traveling south on U.S. 15.

The Durango was driven by Lynn Robert Axel Christensen, 32, of Frederick, police said.

McDonald was flown by state police helicopter to Washington County Hospital following the 7:50 a.m. accident. She was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit Thursday evening, a supervisor said.

Her 13-year-old son, who was a passenger in the pickup truck, was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released.

Christensen had minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital, police said.


Police were continuing their investigation of the accident.

Sobriety checkpoint set in Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Charles Town Police Department will hold a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 700 block of South George Street in Charles Town.

Alternate routes will include Jefferson Avenue and Washington and Congress streets.

Brandishing charged in W.Va. incident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A West Martin Street resident was allegedly threatened by a man with a knife Saturday, police said.

Charles E. Redman, 32, of Route 6, Box 178, Martinsburg, was charged with brandishing a deadly weapon at 310 W. Martin St. during an encounter at an apartment with a second person.

Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra Miller arraigned Redman and set bail at $3,500.

Train cars derail in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four train cars bound for Hagerstown derailed near Auburn Street at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, a railroad official said.

The cars were among 15 Winchester and Western Railroad cars that had left Winchester, Va., and stopped in Inwood, W.Va., earlier that day, according to Phil Light, the railroad's president.

The cars were carrying sand, scrap steel and limestone, Light said. A few cars were empty.

None of the four derailed cars turned over, but one containing scrap iron ended up leaning against an embankment, Light said. The materials did not escape from the car, he said.

A crew of two were the only people on board.

The cause of the accident was still being investigated. A crew helped right the train and the line was back in service by 7 p.m., Light said.

Hit-and-run accident is investigated

A hit-and-run accident Wednesday evening that resulted in injuries to a passenger is being investigated by Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Donna Oldham and her daughter, Nicole, both of Greencastle, Pa., were in a 1986 Pontiac Firebird traveling on Eastern Boulevard at 9:45 p.m. when a dark-colored passenger car pulled out of Chartridge Drive and hit Oldham's car in the rear, deputies said.

Although Nicole Oldham had a minor injury, no transport was necessary, deputies said. The car that hit the Oldhams' vehicle fled toward the Leitersburg Pike.

Fire occurs at Williamsport store

WILLIAMSPORT - Firefighters evacuated Williamsport Auto Parts Thursday morning because of an electrical fire in the NAPA dealer's ceiling, said Chief Will Ball with the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Department.

The store remained open after the fire was extinguished, Ball said. Electrical service to the lights were shut off and the burnt debris near the wiring removed.

Two customers and two employees were in the 412 S. Conococheague St. store shortly before 9 a.m. when the fire was reported, emergency services officials said.

Ball estimated damage at $1,000.

Attempted robbery probed at State Line

STATE LINE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were on the lookout for a man who jumped into a woman's vehicle and attempted to rob her Thursday afternoon.

Police said a 22-year-old woman was driving on State Line Road at 3:30 p.m. and stopped at the intersection at Hallowell Church Road. A white man in his 30s jumped into the car and told her to drive, police said.

The man searched the vehicle for money but found none and instructed her to drop him off in the 1500 block of State Line Road.

The man was described as being about 6 feet tall with a brown goatee and mustache, green eyes and a medium build.

He was wearing a tan coat, navy work pants, a dark baseball cap with a brown or tan bill, police said.

Officials are asking anyone with information to call police at 717-264-5161.

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