Police log for Aug. 11

August 10, 2000

Police log for Aug. 11

Search conducted for missing plane

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Members of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Department were searching an area south of the borough between U.S. 522 and Cito Road following a citizen's report that an airplane had gone down Thursday night in the area.

A fire department spokesman said the searchers were still in the area but had not found anything.

A Pennsylvania State Police spokesman said the witness may have seen a low-flying military plane and thought it had gone down.

Pa. shooting victim still listed critical

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro shooting victim Eugene Gardenhour was still listed in critical condition Thursday night by a spokesman at York Hospital in York, Pa.

Gardenhour, 68, of 926 Eastland Road, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the head, neck, face and torso around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday at his home, according to court records.


He ran naked and bleeding to a neighbor's house for help, court records said.

Gardenhour's wife, Patricia Gardenhour, 67, of the same address, was still being held Thursday in Franklin County Prison on charges of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and recklesly endangering, court officials said.

No bail hearing had been set for the woman as of Thursday afternoon, court officials said.

Bike theft probed by county deputies

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft early Thursday of a green KX-250 dirt bike from 15820 Clear Spring Road. The bike is valued at $9,000, according to the owner.

Other county reports:

- The theft of property valued at $327 was reported Wednesday by the owner of a vehicle parked at 14845 National Pike, deputies said.

- A headlight assembly from a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix was reported stolen Wednesday while the vehicle was at 13055 Resh Road, deputies said.

Assault claim checked by police

Hagerstown City Police are looking into the claim of a man who says he was assaulted by two or three other men early Wednesday outside the East Washington Street Sheetz store at 4:10 a.m..

The man told police he was approached and then beaten when he couldn't answer a question posed by the men.

The victim was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

The only description was that one of the men was Caucasian and was wearing a white bandana. The other men were black.

Man charged with drug violation

Grant Charles Alexander was charged with possession of fake cocaine and distribution of fake cocaine Wednesday after he was picked up in the 100 block of East Franklin Street early Wednesday.

Hagerstown City Police said Alexander, 25, of 220 N. Potomac St., allegedly had two pieces of fake crack cocaine when he was arrested at 12:28 a.m. just after a purchase.

Broken windshield is reported in city

The windshield of a 1988 Plymouth Reliant was broken out early Wednesday while it was parked to the rear of 113 Broadway, Hagerstown City Police said.

In another city report:

- On Wednesday, someone stole clothing valued at $50 from 179 Summit Ave., city police said.

Disorderly conduct charged by police

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with disorderly conduct after a motorist saw a passenger in another vehicle exposing himself Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 81.

Police said Michael David Miller, 19, of 5196 Wayne Road, was charged after the 2:30 p.m. incident, which occurred in the southbound lanes between Exits 5 and 4 in Guilford Township. The report said a woman motorist saw a man expose himself and got the registration number of the vehicle.

Miller was taken into custody after police stopped the car, police said.

Diesel fuel spilled after Pa. collision

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - About 35 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled Wednesday in a collision between a car and a truck on Interstate 81, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Timothy Royer, 39, of Atlanta, Ga., was southbound at 1:15 p.m. when his 1997 Cavalier went into the right lane and hit a 1994 GMC truck driven by Frederick Sponable, 45, of Fort Byron, N.Y. The car went down an embankment and the truck went onto the roadside.

The report said the collision dislodged a fuel tank on the truck. There were no injuries, police said.

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