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Police log in 1/17 Morning Herald

January 16, 2001

Police log in 1/17 Morning Herald



Charles Town Police investigate man's death


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 24-year-old man was found dead in his apartment at 400 N. Mildred St. Sunday, Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge said Tuesday.

Aldridge said he does not think foul play was involved in the death of Ryan Colby Mathers.

His death was being classified as an "unattended death," Aldridge said.

Mathers had been drinking beer with his roommate on Saturday, Aldridge said.

When Mathers' roommate went to work the next morning, Mathers was still in his bed, according to Aldridge. When his roommate returned home from work later that day, Mathers was still in bed, Aldridge said.

His roommate felt his body and it was cold, Aldridge said.

Police were awaiting results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, Aldridge said.

Norfolk Southern train stalls on tracks in Fairplay


FAIRPLAY - A Norfolk Southern train stalled on the tracks on Md. 63 near Spielman and Reichard roads Tuesday evening, Maryland State Police said.

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The train broke down around 9 p.m., police said.

The multi-car freight train had mechanical problems and was expected to be repaired within 40 minutes, said company spokesman Rudy Husband at 9:30 p.m.

He said the train was having a coupling problem.

"It's not a big deal," he said.

Husband was unable to provide the destination of the train, what it carried and how many train cars were involved.

Washington County Emergency Services were notified of the train's mechanical problems in order to reroute fire and rescue vehicles in that area if necessary.

Three people injured in accident on Dual Highway


Three people were injured when a van and a sedan collided at the intersection of Dual Highway and Mount Aetna Road Tuesday afternoon, Funkstown firefighters said.

Two men and a woman were taken to Washington County Hospital for minor injuries around 12:15 p.m., firefighters said.

Hagerstown resident scares off would-be burglar


A Hagerstown woman walked in on a burglar who was attempting to rob her home Tuesday afternoon, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Sharon May Henson of Colonial Drive arrived home around 1:15 p.m. and scared off the burglar, deputies said.

The man fled on foot toward Eastern Elementary School. He was later tracked by deputies and a K-9 Unit near the Hagerstown Community College area but was not found, deputies said.

The burglar was described as a small man, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 150 pounds. He wore a towel over his head to cover his face, deputies said. He was wearing a red sweatshirt, white shirt and baggy blue jeans.

Anyone with information may call deputies at 301-791-3020.

Driver makes off with $250 in diesel fuel from station


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Nearly $250 in diesel fuel was pumped at a Greencastle gas station Monday and not paid for, Pennsylvania State Police said.

A driver pumped $249.63 of diesel at the TA Express Fuel Island of TA Travel Centers of America between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Monday night, police said.

Police had no further information.

Two Chambersburg women hurt in two-car accident


MONT ALTO, Pa. - A two-car accident sent two people to the hospital last week, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Shawnae Goldstein, 22, and Cinda Baker, 46, both of Chambersburg, were treated at Waynesboro Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, on Pa. 233, one mile west of South Mountain Road in Quincy Township.

Goldstein lost control of her 1996 Mitsubishi Galant on the wet roadway and it spun into the path of Baker's 1995 Chevrolet minivan, police said.

The right front of the Mitsubishi hit the front of the minivan, and both vehicles came to a rest in the westbound lane of Pa. 233.

No charges were filed.

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