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Police log in 12/19 Morning Herald

December 18, 2000

Police log in 12/19 Morning Herald



Frederick man killed in Monday forklift accident


FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man died Monday morning after the forklift he had been driving drifted forward and pinned him against a dumpster, according to the Frederick Police Department.

David Glenn Marshall, 42, was unloading items from the forklift into a dumpster at Frederick Aviation, Inc., where he had worked for 20 years, police said.

Funkstown resident still in serious condition after fire


FUNKSTOWN - A Funkstown man who was injured in a deliberately set fire that destroyed his home Friday night remained hospitalized Monday.

Dennis Wayne Shank Sr. was in serious condition at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a trauma nursing coordinator said.

Shank, 51, who owns the house at 109 E. Maple St., suffered smoke inhalation in the fire, fire officials and a hospital spokeswoman said.

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He was found in a little room off the kitchen in the back of the house Friday night and was pulled out by firefighter Kyd Dieterich, said Fire Capt. Kevin Kotanko with the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.

On Nov. 27, Shank threatened to blow up his natural gas-filled home with himself inside and kept deputies at bay for almost six hours, according to charging documents in Washington County District Court.

He was charged with reckless endangerment and released Dec. 3 from the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, according to court records and the booking department at the detention center.

Friday night's fire started on the front porch of the two-story log house around 10:40 p.m., fire officials said.

Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor said the lead investigator in the Friday arson case has a suspect, but no charges had been filed Monday night.

Man released from hospital 13 days after accident


A man injured in a head-on collision on U.S. 40 on Dec. 5 was discharged from Washington County Hospital on Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Christopher A. Smith, 19, of Myersville, Md., had been upgraded to good condition as of Monday morning.

Smith was driving east on U.S. 40 near Crossfield Road when a pickup truck, which had been drag racing with another pickup truck, entered his lane, Maryland State Police said.

The two cars collided head-on, injuring Smith and the driver of the pickup truck, Steven Jennings Harvey, police said.

Harvey, 29, of 213 Bentley Court, Hagerstown, was discharged from Washington County Hospital on Dec. 10, a supervisor said.

The second pickup driver did not stop at the scene but has been identified by police.

Guilford Township woman scares off potential burglar


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Guilford Township woman scared off a potential burglar after someone tried to break into her home early Monday morning, Chambersburg Police report.

Marsha Cummings, 49, of Shady Side Drive, told police she had just gone to bed around 12:50 a.m. when she heard someone attempt to forcibly push open a side door.

Cummings got up to investigate and scared away the person when she turned a light on, police said.

Police are continuing to investigate and anyone with information should call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161 and refer to case H3-1167110.

14-year-old girl charged with disorderly conduct


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg teen was charged with disorderly conduct after she yelled profanities at a teacher last week, Chambersburg Police report.

The 14-year-old girl was charged with one count of disorderly conduct and released to the custody of her foster parents Wednesday, police said.

The charge stemmed from an incident at J. Frank Faust Junior High School, 1957 Scotland Ave., when the girl shouted profanities at a teacher who was trying to remove her from study hall, police said.

Police say counterfeit bills being passed at businesses


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police urge local business owners to be alert for counterfeit money being circulated in the area.

Between midnight and 12:30 a.m. Sunday, two Hispanic males claiming to be from the Hanover, Pa., area passed a counterfeit $20 bill at a local tavern, police said.

Police did not identify the business in their report, but suggested businesses be on the look out due to a recent influx of such bogus bills, police said.

Anyone with information can call Chambersburg Police at 717-264-4131.

Man charged on three counts in stabbing incident


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with various assault charges last week after he allegedly stabbed his brother with a knife in their home, Chambersburg Police said.

Lydell R. Strayer, 19, of 264 W. Burkhart Ave., was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and terroristic threats, police said.

Police were contacted at 1:12 p.m. Friday by the victim, Lyland R. Strayer, 19, who told them he was involved in a verbal altercation with a man in his residence during which the man picked up a knife and threatened him.

The victim suffered a small cut in his left leg and required treatment at Chambersburg Hospital.

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