Police log in 1/10 Morning Herald

January 10, 2001

Police log in 1/10 Morning Herald

Driver escapes injury when car struck by train

GRACEHAM, Md. - A 17-year-old driver escaped injury when his car was struck by a train locomotive at a railroad crossing Tuesday evening, Maryland State Police in Frederick County said.

Police said the juvenile was driving south on Graceham Road and attempted to cross the tracks in front of the train at 7:35 p.m.

A westbound Midland Railway freight train going 25 mph struck the juvenile's 1994 Chevrolet Beretta, police said.

The train and the vehicle came to rest about 200 yards west of the crossing, which was posted with railroad warning signs.

The driver, who was wearing his seatbelt, refused treatment at the scene, police said.

The name of the driver was not released.

Police said they were continuing their investigation.

Family forced from home following apartment blaze

A family of four was forced from a basement apartment in the 400 block of North Potomac Street early Tuesday after grease on the stove caught fire, forcing the evacuation of the apartment building, according to Hagerstown fire officials.


Battalion Chief Ron Horn said the other residents of the three-story apartment building at 441 N. Potomac St. were allowed to return to their homes after the fire was extinguished.

The basement apartment was uninhabitable, Horn said. The rest of the apartments sustained some smoke damage, but were livable.

Horn indicated the American Red Cross arranged shelter for the family that was burned out.

Firefighters responded at 2:34 a.m. and were on the scene until about 4 a.m. No one was hurt.

Pair of electric guitars stolen from rental truck

Two electric guitars stolen from the back of a Ryder rental truck early Sunday may have been discarded in the Cascade or Fort Ritchie area, Maryland State Police said.

A Gibson SG Special, worth $7,000, and a Gibson/Les Paul Custom, valued at $3,000, were in black cases.

A band had just completed an engagement at the Chocolate Park Tavern in Cascade and was loading up the truck at 2 a.m. Sunday when the two guitars turned up missing, police said.

Anyone with information on the guitars may call 301-739-2101.

Frederick resident in good condition after accident

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick Police officer returning home after completing his shift at 3 a.m. Monday instead became involved in the investigation of a traffic accident which knocked out power, ruptured a gas line and sent the driver to the hospital.

Damon Christopher Poydras, 22, of 604 Marblewing Court, Frederick, was flown to Washington County Hospital for treatment of head and neck injuries.

He was listed in good condition Tuesday evening, hospital officials said.

Poydras' car was being driven eastbound on Patrick Street without lights when Officer Dennis Dudley spotted it while he was on his way home, police said.

The vehicle struck several homes, a city light pole and a gas line meter at 449 W. South St. Traffic and street lights were affected, police said.

A loud hissing sound from the gas meter prompted Dudley to evacuate the residents in the 400 block of West South Street until gas company officials arrived and controlled the leak.

Man faces harassment charge relating to argument

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with harassment Sunday after he hit another man during an argument, Chambersburg Police alleged.

James Allen, 77, of Chambersburg, Pa., was charged with harassment following a 5 p.m. argument with W.C. Moses, 59, of Chambersburg, police said.

According to police, Moses was struck in the face after an argument at 214 N. Hackeberry Drive and sustained a minor injury.

Woman suffers injuries when car slides off roadway

MONT ALTO, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., woman suffered minor injuries after her car slid off an icy roadway Monday evening, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Mary E. Besecker, 53, was treated at Waynesboro Hospital for bruises, police said.

Besecker was driving westbound on Mentzer Gap Road, 200 feet west of Shank Hess Road in Quincy Township, when the vehicle slid on the ice-covered road around 6:30 p.m., police said.

The car struck a utility pole as it traveled off the road.

Truck strikes light pole, leaks silica onto highway

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A tractor-trailer spilled some of its load last week when it struck a traffic light pole while turning onto Fifth Avenue, Chambersburg Police said.

Adam Harris, of Lock Haven, Pa., was attempting to turn a GMC tractor-trailer from Lincoln Way East onto northbound Fifth Avenue at 8 a.m. Thursday when the rig struck a pole, police said.

The collision ripped the right side of the truck's tank, and its cargo of powdered silica leaked onto the roadway.

The Chambersburg Fire Department and borough personnel responded to clean the spill.

The contents of the tanker were not hazardous, police said.

No students injured when car rear-ends school bus

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was cited for careless driving after his vehicle rear-ended a school bus last week, Chambersburg Police said.

Police cited Spencer Pheil after the 8:05 a.m. accident Wednesday at Stanley Avenue and Orchard Drive.

Pheil's 2000 Subaru rear-ended the bus, driven by Tracey Smith, at the intersection.

No one on the school bus was injured, police said.

Chambersburg man cited in two-vehicle accident

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - No one was injured Friday when a Chambersburg man turned into the path of an oncoming vehicle, Chambersburg Police said.

Roger Ayers, 1760 Holly Lane, was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

The accident happened as Ayers drove into the intersection of North Second and East King streets at 7:52 a.m. Friday, attempting to turn right onto North Second Street.

He had a red light and disobeyed a no turn on red sign, police said.

His car collided with a car headed north on Second Street, driven by Sharon Toliver, 343 E. Liberty St., Chambersburg.

Both cars sustained minor damage, but neither driver was injured, police said.

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