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Police log for Aug. 18

August 17, 2000

Police log for 8/18



Youth listed fair following accident


NEW MARKET, Md. - A 5-year-old Frederick County boy was in fair condition at Children's Hospital in Baltimore after he jumped out of a driverless vehicle that was rolling across a yard Thursday afternoon, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said Jacob Giangiuli and his 3-year-old brother, Sydney Giangiuli, were waiting for their mother inside a 1999 Pontiac minivan parked in the driveway of their home on Club House Circle at 2:26 p.m.

Maribeth Bastek Giangiuli, had turned off the vehicle but left the keys in the ignition before going inside the home.

While she was gone, Sydney Giangiuli, moved to the driver's seat and began playing. He put the car into gear, causing it to drift backwards.

The vehicle rolled across the street onto the front yard of 7016 Club House Circle. As the minivan continued backwards it began to turn left and Jacob Giangiuli jumped out of the vehicle and was struck by the front tire, deputies said.

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The mini-van continued across the lawn and struck a tree, knocking it over, then left crossing the street again before hitting the rear of a parked 1985 Chevrolet Blazer, deputies said.

Jacob Giangiuli was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Children's Hospital. His brother was not injured.

County investigates vehicle vandalism


Washington County Sheriff's deputies were investigating the break-in of a vehicle Wednesday in the Clear Spring area. Both the windshield and window were broken.

- Also Wednesday, deputies checked into a counterfeit $10 bill that was passed at Roc's in Valley Mall.

Pa. residents ousted from homes by leak


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - About 50 residents in the 100 block of North Franklin Street were evacuated around 7 p.m. Thursday when a boy accidentally bumped into a natural gas line attached to a house being renovated at 34 N. Franklin, said Waynesboro Fire Chief Dale Fishack.

There were no injuries and the residents were allowed back in their homes about an hour later.

Fishack said he hooked up fire trucks to hydrants in the neighborhood as a precaution until gas company workers arrived to shut down the line.

The one-half-inch plastic gas line had been temporarily pulled away from the house by workers installing vinyl siding on the structure leaving the line dangling without support.

"When the kid came by and bumped it just snapped," Fishack said.

Neighbors as far as six houses away said they could hear the gas hissing from the ruptured line.

Workman gets electrical shock


A workman on the Md. 494 bridge in the Clear Spring area received an electric shock this morning and was expected to be flown to Washington County Hospital by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter.

Rescue officials said the man was working in a cherry picker when the incident occurred.

The incident occurred just before 9 a.m. Details were sketchy at press time.




Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the break-in of a vehicle Wednesday in the Clear Spring area. Both the windshield and window were broken.

- Also Wednesday, deputies checked into a counterfeit $10 bills that was passed at Roc's in Valley Mall.

A Laurel, Md. man was charged with one count of marijuana possession on Wednesday and now awaits a bond hearing, Hagerstown City Police said.

Rodney Alabe Johnson, 19, of 917 Canterbury Riding, was charged, police said.

Police said they observed a baggie being dropped in the area of Bethel and Prospect streets at 8 p.m.




SMITHSBURG - Two women were released on bond after being arrested on drug charges Saturday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Mary Brice of E1 Washington Court, Smithsburg, was charged with possession of Percocet, distribution of Percocet, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Smithsburg Police said.

Emma Hahn, also of E1 Washington Court, Smithsburg, was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges resulted from a search of a 1990 Dodge Shadow during a traffic stop and a subsequent search of a home, police said.

Police seized a 1990 Dodge Shadow, $790, cellular phones and a rifle.

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