Police log for Sept. 1

August 31, 2000

Police log for Sept. 1

House catches fire after car wreck in Jefferson County

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A car wrecked and caught fire along Flowing Springs Road early Thursday morning, causing a house to also catch fire, according to rescue officials.

The wreck, which occurred about 3:47 a.m., happened when a car hit a tree in a sharp bend just north of the railroad tracks at Duffields, dispatchers said.

The car caught fire, and the fire spread to an abandoned house, emergency officials said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department handled the call, but did not have a completed report on the incident Thursday.

Boonsboro man listed serious following accident

BOONSBORO - A Boonsboro man was listed in serious condition at Washington County Hospital after a car ran a red light and struck his vehicle Thursday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

Police alleged that Edwin Jolly, 74, of Potomac, Md., failed to stop for a red light east on U.S. 40 at Md. 66 between Smithsburg and Boonsboro just after 1 p.m.


His 1998 Chrysler Concorde collided with a 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck driven south on Md. 66 by Robert Martz, 66, of the 8900 block of Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, police alleged.

Martz was taken to Washington County Hospital by Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Inc.

Jolly was charged with failing to stop for a red traffic signal.

The Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Co. also was at the scene.

City police probe robbery at North Prospect Street

Hagerstown City Police are on the lookout for a man involved in a strong-arm robbery Thursday afternoon.

Police said the robbery occurred at the corner of North Prospect St., at 2 p.m.

The robber was described as a black man wearing a leather skullcap, black shorts and sneakers.

Additional information was unavailable.

Failure to yield charged in Halfway Blvd. accident

HALFWAY - Police charged a 17-year-old driver with failing to yield the right of way following a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Halfway Boulevard and Virgina Avenue Wednesday.

Police said the juvenile was driving a Ford Escort south on Virginia Avenue when she ran a red light at the intersection at 5:05 p.m., police said.

The driver and two 16-year-old passengers had unknown injuries since state police won't release names of juveniles.

A 2000 Infiniti going south on Halfway Boulevard at the time was unable to stop and hit the passenger side of the Ford, police said.

Linda Marie Benedict's Infiniti spun around and struck a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was stopped at the light north on Virginia Avenue, police said.

Benedict, 52, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was also taken to the hospital, where she was treated and released.

Marvin Lewis Harsh Sr., 65, driver of the pickup, wasn't injured, police said.

Rescue crews from the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway and the Williamsport Ambulance Co. treated the victims at the scene before they went to the hospital.

Another Orrstown, Pa., burglary is investigated

ORRSTOWN, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred in June, but was only reported this week.

Police said Gerald Dubbs of Orrstown Road reported that his home had been entered and $250 in cash stolen. The report said the home was entered three times between May 1 and June 15 and Eisenhower dollars, bicentennial quarters and the new state quarters were stolen.

The report said Dubbs contacted police after reading newspaper accounts of other burglaries in the Orrstown area. State police reported a home in the borough had been broken into over the weekend.

State police also reported that Letterkenny Elementary School, 10255 Mountain Road, Orrstown, was broken into between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday. The report said the keys to four filing cabinets were stolen.

Assault charged by Pennsylvania authorities

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania woman reported a man tried to shove a cellular telephone down her throat Wednesday, police said.

Donald Paul Watkins was arraigned Wednesday before District Justice Shirley Shatzer and charged with simple assault by the Chambersburg police. Watkins was jailed in Franklin County Prison on $25,000 bond. A prison official said he was still being held Thursday afternoon.

Police said Marion Belle Watkins, 51, was assaulted by a man at her South Hackberry Drive home at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The report said she was grabbed by the throat and struck in the face by the man.

Marion Watkins was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for injuries to her mouth, face, neck, arm and hand, police said.

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