Police log for Aug. 21

August 20, 2000

Police log for Aug. 21

Pilot injured in plane crash at Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - A pilot operating a two-seat experimental airplane near Libertytown, Md. received serious injuries after crashing into an open field at a private airstrip upon takeoff Sunday morning, Maryland State Police said.

Police said Walter Grooms, 48, of Pleasant Valley, Va., was operating a Titan Tornado plane when he experienced an engine malfunction upon taking off, police said.

The plane crash-landed in a field in the 9000 block of Fountain School Road, police said.

The pilot was removed from the plane by witnesses from the airfield. Members of the Libertytown Fire Department provided medical care at the scene and Grooms was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center by Maryland State Police. He was in critical condition Sunday evening, a nursing supervisor said.

Police said Grooms was traveling to his home in Pleasant Valley, Va. when the crash occurred at 9:20 a.m.


The Federal Aviation Administration representative was at the scene and will conduct an investigation, police said.

Melee breaks out at Frederick party

FREDERICK, Md. - A man was in critical condition Sunday evening after a melee broke out at a Keymar, Md. party in Frederick County, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said they received a report of a fight in progress at 13140 Hiney Road at 12:55 a.m. When they arrived they found Ryan Andrew Dewitt, 21, of the 8900 block of Mountainberry Circle, Frederick, had a gunshot wound to the head.

Deputies said a fight had started at the party and several people began fighting - one person armed himself with a metal pipe, deputies said.

Several shots were fired during the fracas and the party-goers scattered, police said.

The victim was found lying on the ground. He was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, deputies said.

City investigates stabbing incident

Hagerstown City Police were investigating a stabbing incident at a city home Sunday evening.

Police said a person was stabbed in the arm following a dispute at 724 Chestnut St. at 9 p.m.

Additional information was unavailable.

Deputies search for possible robbers

SANDY HOOK - Washington County Sheriff's deputies were on the lookout for two men - one of which may have been armed with a handgun - who allegedly robbed the Sandy Dee restaurant Sunday evening.

Deputies said they fled on foot to the rear of the building toward U.S. 340 at 10:32 p.m., deputies said.

One of the males was described as six feet tall and the other was said to be shorter and older with a dark mustache.

Additional information was unavailable.

Cyclists injured in chase, crash

FREDERICK, Md. - Three motorcyclists were injured Saturday afternoon, one severely, after they crashed at the end of a dead end road while being chased by state police, police said.

Police said five men - all riding "Ninja-style" motorcycles - were speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on Interstate 70 near Williamsport, when one passed another vehicle on the shoulder of the highway.

Police tracked one of the motorcycles at 111 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone, police said.

The motorcyclists were Jacob Hughes, 23, of New Windsor, Md.; Ronald Kreman, 36, of Reisterstown, Md.; and Dwayne Stine, 22, Anthony Cahoon, 22, and David Greene, 25, all of Union Bridge, Md.

While police were in pursuit, the group took the next exit ramp to Route 144 and fled at high speed onto Meadow Road, a dead end, police said. Cahoon did not flee, according to police.

When the other four reached the end of the road, three crashed.

Hughes suffered severe injuries and was flown to a trauma center, while another received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital. The third suffered minor injuries and refused treatment.

Kreman, Stine and Greene were charged with speeding, reckless driving and fleeing and eluding a police officer. Cahoon was charged with speeding and reckless driving.

Man arrested in W.Va. break-in case

A Martinsburg man was arrested early Sunday morning after police said he broke into Olde Berkeley News Store on Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Eugene Brown, 46, of 114 E. Race St., Martinsburg, was charged with breaking and entering, police said.

Police said they received a phone call from a man who heard "noises and banging" coming from the store. When police arrived, they found the glass on the front door shattered

Brown was taken to Eastern Regional Jail.

Three vehicles collide on U.S. 340

ROHRERSVILLE - Three people were injured after three vehicles collided in a chain-reaction accident at the U.S. 340 bridge when a driver turned his head to gaze at the Potomac River Sunday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

Police said Frank J.Milosevic, 34, of Wheaton, Md. was driving a 1999 Ford truck when he failed to slow down and rear-ended a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Gabriel G. Lewis, 41, of Myersville, Md.

The Jeep then was pushed into a 1992 S-10 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Jeffrey E. Beatty, 32, of Germantown, Md.

Milosevic was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. Police said Milosevic said the accident occurred when he took his eyes from the road to look at the river.

Robert Beatty, 7, of Germantown, Md., who was a passenger in Miilosevic's vehicle was taken to the Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Jeffrey Beatty, the driver of the pickup truck and his passenger Jennifer L. Williams were taken to the Frederick Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

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