Police log for Aug. 16

August 15, 2000

Police log for Aug. 16

Pa. boy injured in truck accident

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured Monday when his tractor was hit by a log truck that was passing him as he was turning left into a driveway on U.S. 522, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Justin C. Martz, of 2686 Peach Orchard Road, McConnellsburg, was taken to the Fulton County Medical Center, where his condition was unavailable.

Police said Martz was northbound on the highway at 12:20 p.m. on a John Deere tractor and in the process of making a left turn into a driveway when the 2000 Volvo log truck attempted to pass on the left, striking the tractor.

The log truck driver, John B. Renno, 52, of Lewistown, Pa., was unhurt, police said.

Pa. victim listed in serious condition

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Eugene Gardenhour of Waynesboro, who was shot several times in the face, neck, head and chest on Aug. 8, remained in serious condition in Hershey Medical Center's trauma surgery intensive care unit Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.


Gardenhour's wife, Patrica Gardenhour, 67, remained in Franklin County Prison in Chambersburg without bond on charges of attempted criminal homicide, assault and recklessly endangering in connection with the shooting.

The couple had been living together for years in their upscale stone home at 926 Eastland Road.

A spokeswoman in District Justice Larry Pentz's office said a preliminary hearing for Patricia Gardenhour was still scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

City woman listed fair after altercation

A 20-year-old Hagerstown woman was in fair condition Tuesday morning at Washington County Hospital with injuries she got fighting off three men who broke into her home around 2 a.m., Hagerstown City Police said.

Hospital officials said Natasha Gibson was expected to be released.

Police said Gibson told them she was kicked, dragged and punched by the three black men, one of whom had accompanied her home to her apartment in the 400 block of Washington Avenue earlier in the morning.

Two other people were injured during the incident but not seriously, police said.

The men were in a white Chevrolet Blazer, police said.

Cell phone stolen from vehicle in city

A $135 cellular telephone was stolen from a vehicle parked in the Hagerstown Cinemas parking lot Monday evening, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Capitol Theatre damaged in burglary

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police said Tuesday they believe two juveniles were responsible for a June 23 burglary that caused an estimated $13,000 in damage at the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St.

A police report said two boys, ages 13 and 11, were under investigation for the break-in, but were in the custody of their parents. The report alleged that the 13-year-old had been interviewed by police and admitted to the burglary.

The theater was entered through an unlocked side window, police said at the time. Fire hoses in the building had been turned on, causing extensive water damage near the stage.

Lights in the theater's dressing rooms were smashed and about $200 worth of candy was stolen, according to police.

The Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department has also been investigating the burglary, Chambersburg police said.

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