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Police log in 1/12 Morning Herald

January 12, 2001

Police log in 1/12 Morning Herald



Five people injured in Boonsboro accident


BOONSBORO - Five people were injured in one of two accidents in Boonsboro that occurred around the same time Thursday morning, Maryland State Police said.

The first crash was just after 8:30 a.m. on Md. 67 at Trego Road, police said.

Police said a 1998 Honda Civic driven by Barbara Reinken, 55, of Sharpsburg, was stopped in the northbound lane of Md. 67 waiting to make a left turn onto Trego Road when it was hit from behind by a 1995 Ford Probe driven by Nelson Myers, 18, of Sandy Hook Road, Knoxville.

The drivers, as well as passengers from both vehicles, were taken to Washington County Hospital.

All were treated and released except for James Sines, 16, of Sandy Hook Road, who was a passenger in Myers' vehicle, a nursing supervisor said. He was listed in fair condition.

Myers was cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision.

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The second accident occurred moments later on Md. 66 at the entrance to the Boonsboro School campus.

Police said Mandi Eichelberger, 16, of Sharpsburg, was driving a 1998 Ford Escort south on Md. 66 when her car rear-ended a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera driven by Lisha Bikle of Boonsboro. Bikle had stopped and was waiting to enter the school complex, police said.

Police said when Eichelberger realized Bikle was stopped, she applied her brakes and skidded into the rear of Bikle's vehicle.

Eichelberger was cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision, police said.

Fields, sewer cover vandalized at fairgrounds


Vandals who may have been taking a joyride in a stolen car damaged several athletic fields and a sewer cover at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds recently, Hagerstown City Police said.

Lt. Margaret Kline said a softball field and two soccer fields received the most damage. She said the undercarriage of the vehicle driven by the vandals got caught on the sewer cover, which likely caused damage to the vehicle.

The incident took place sometime between Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, she said.

Kline said a city worker told police he checked on the fairgrounds from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 21. She said he remembered closing the gate on Cannon Avenue, but that the Cleveland Avenue gate was left open for contractor David Martin, who was doing work at the fairgrounds.

On Dec. 22, Martin told police he noticed the damages to the park, Kline said.

Five days later, workers found an abandoned pickup truck in the bottom of a storm water management ditch behind the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex. She said the cab had been set on fire, the undercarriage of the vehicle had heavy damage and the vehicle was covered with mud and gravel.

The teal Ford F-150 pickup truck was stolen on Dec. 19 from Sycamore Street in Hagerstown.

The $14,000 pickup truck is owned by Antietam Paving of Williamsport.

Kline said Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh was investigating whether the pickup truck had been used by the vandals that damaged the fairgrounds.

Pickup truck reported stolen to Hagerstown police


The owner of a maroon 1981 Dodge pickup truck reported the vehicle stolen Thursday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said the owner had loaned the vehicle to a relative on Dec. 22 and the relative loaned it to another person who has yet to return it.

The pickup truck had West Virginia registration 7AH875.

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