Police log in March 28 Morning Herald

March 28, 2001

Police log in March 28 Morning Herald

Man hospitalized after fall from cliff near county line

A man was hospitalized after falling from a cliff near the Washington/Allegany county line Tuesday afternoon, according to Hancock Ambulance Assistant Chief Danny Pelton.

He said the man, who appeared to be in his 70s, was walking with a group of people at a campground near Ziegler Road when he fell at around 1:30 p.m.

The man initially slid about 50 feet to a level area, Pelton said. He tried to stand and crawl back up but fell again, this time to the bottom of the cliff, which Pelton estimated at 300 feet.

Hancock medics and firefighters used ropes to rappel to the man's location.

The man was treated for a head cut at the scene, Pelton said. Pelton said the man was conscious when medics worked on him.


Rescuers used a four-wheel-drive vehicle to drive across heavy brush at the bottom of the cliff to pick up the victim, who was flown to Washington County Hospital.

The victim's name was unavailable.

Clear Spring barn destroyed in Monday blaze

CLEAR SPRING - An electrical fire destroyed a Clear Spring barn late Monday, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

The one-story barn at 12149A National Pike had burned to the ground when firefighters from Clear Spring, Hancock, Williamsport and Maugansville arrived at about 11:10 p.m., fire officials said.

"It was just a pile of wood" when they arrived, said Hancock firefighter Rick Wilkes.

Neighbors were unaware the building was on fire and there may have been a delay before it was called in, Wilkes said.

The barn was destroyed along with a portable saw mill inside, he said.

The fire was caused by a malfunction of the electrical distribution system. The blaze resulted in a $75,000 loss to building owner David Mills, fire officials said.

There were no injuries.

Woman charged when vehicle hits parked car

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., woman was charged with careless driving after accidentally driving her car into a parked car Monday morning, Chambersburg Police said.

Police said Sharon Hughes, driving a 2000 Plymouth Neon at 11:27 a.m. in the 200 block of Park Avenue, hit a parked 1995 Ford Mustang when she reached down to pick something off the floor of her car. The Mustang belongs to Daniel N. McNeil of Mechanicsburg, Pa., police said.

The Neon had to be towed from the scene, police said. Hughes apparently was not injured.

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