Police log in Feb. 6 Morning Herald

February 06, 2001

Police log in Feb. 6 Morning Herald

Crash that claimed deputy still under investigation

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate an accident last week that claimed the life of a West Virginia deputy.

Police were awaiting the results of blood and urine tests on the driver of a car headed the wrong way on Interstate 81, said Trooper Edward Asbury, a State Police spokesman.

No charges have been filed.

Lance S. Parkins, 19, 151 Sandy Circle, was listed in critical condition at Washington County Hospital Monday night.

According to police, Parkins was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-81, just north of Greencastle, Pa., around 3 p.m. last Wednesday when his car collided head-on with the Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff's Department cruiser.

Deputy John Lewis Burkett, 28, and Deputy Joseph Miller, 58, were transporting prisoner Gary Lynn Moser, of Waynesboro, Pa., to Berkeley County for prosecution on felony fraud charges.


Burkett, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was killed.

Miller was released from Washington County Hospital Thursday and Moser was listed in good condition there Monday night.

Pennsylvania State Police investigating man's death

STATE LINE, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Police investigation into the death of a State Line man found dead Saturday night continued Monday.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner performed an autopsy on Jeremiah Elias Hoffman, 24, Sunday morning, but said Monday he found no physical findings.

"It will be four to six weeks before the toxicology study," results are ready, Conner said.

Police found Hoffman dead in his bedroom just before midnight Saturday.

Fire at Charles Town motel causes $50,000 in damage

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Monday morning fire at the Turf Motel caused about $50,000 in damage, according to Independent Fire Co. Chief Ed Smith.

It appears the fire may have been started by an exhaust fan in one of the rooms, Smith said.

The blaze spread through two rooms at the motel, Smith said.

The fire spread into a bathroom of one room, then into some insulation in the ceiling, Smith said.

Three rooms were put out of service by the fire, which was reported about 7:36 a.m., Smith said.

People in the motel at 608 E. Washington St. were alerted to the fire by a smoke detector, Smith said. There were no injuries.

It was one of two fires in Charles Town Monday.

About 3:30 p.m., firefighters were called to a fire in a bedroom of an apartment at Academy and Charles streets, Smith said.

The fire may have been started when a curling iron fell in a trash can, Smith said.

Students face charges of selling prescription drugs

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Chambersburg junior high students face juvenile charges of allegedly selling prescription drugs, Chambersburg Police said.

The two students, one male and one female, attend J. Frank Faust Junior High, 1957 Scotland Ave.

Charges were filed against them last Thursday alleging they sold prescription drugs to other students, police said.

Man charged with DUI after car hits fire hydrant

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man faces charges for driving under the influence after he lost control of his car and it slammed into a fire hydrant recently, Chambersburg Police said.

Travis W. Reed, 1069 No. 20 Lincoln Way West, was charged with driving under the influence and a summary traffic charge, police said.

The accident happened around 3 a.m. Jan. 27, as Reed traveled west on Lincoln Way West and allegedly lost control of his vehicle, police said.

The vehicle struck a fire hydrant and slid on the driver's side before coming to a rest about 80 yards away.

Reed suffered minor injuries and had a blood alcohol content of .15 percent, police said.

Compact discs, watch stolen from parked vehicle

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Someone stole more than 100 compact discs and a watch from a car parked on a borough street over the weekend, Chambersburg Police said.

David Stewart, 103 W. Commerce St., told police his dark green 2000 Hyundai was parked near Poplar Avenue and West Commerce Street from 9:30 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday.

During that time, someone pried open the passenger side door and took a pair of Polo sunglasses and a case filled with 140 CDs, police said.

Man faces drug, alcohol charges after car is struck

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man faces drug- and alcohol-related charges after another driver collided with his car, Chambersburg Police said.

Walter L. Andrew, Jr., 31, of Chambersburg, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and driving under the influence, police said.

The charges were filed after a minivan driven by Deborah R. Smith, 35, of Chambersburg, collided with Andrew's Mitsubishi coupe while she was trying to change lanes at 11:49 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Smith was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for neck and jaw pain.

Police seek driver whose vehicle destroyed shrubs

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