Police log in April 4 Morning Herald

April 04, 2001

Police log in April 4 Morning Herald

Pa. woman hospitalized following I-81 accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A pregnant Marion, Pa., woman was being treated Tuesday evening at City Hospital after her car struck two barriers and rolled twice on Interstate 81 in Martinsburg, police said.

Elizabeth A. Cook, 30, was driving southbound near the King Street interchange mid-afternoon when she lost control of her 1996 Geo Metro, said Sgt. Deke Walker of the West Virginia State Police. Cook reported she was cut off or possibly tapped by a tractor trailer, Walker said.

She struck a concrete barrier protecting construction workers on the right side of the highway, veered across the southbound lanes and struck the left side concrete barriers twice, he said.

"She flipped at least once and came to rest in the median" past the end of the barriers, Walker said. The accident occurred at the Exit 13 interchange.


Cook was taken to City Hospital, where she was being evaluated Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokesman. The spokesman refused to give Cook's condition.

Walker said Cook's injuries did not appear serious at the scene, but added that the fact that she was pregnant concerned rescuers.

The car was a total loss, Walker said.

Girl accuses man of giving her marijuana, alcohol

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident involving a 14-year-old girl who said she was given alcohol and marijuana by an older man.

The girl told police that a man she knows gave her the alcohol and drugs between March 9 and March 12. She also said the man made indecent contact with her, police said.

Deputies investigate Washington County crimes

The following crimes were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department on Monday morning:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Twelve compact discs and Jensen stereo equipment worth an estimated $500 were reported stolen at 9 a.m. from an unlocked car at All Tune & Lube at 18122A Oak Ridge Drive.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Seats were ripped and windows were broken out of construction vehicles at a C.W. Hetzer construction site 1.5 miles west of Williamsport on Clear Spring Road. The damage was reported at 8 a.m.

Coin-changer stolen from Ranson laundromat

RANSON, W.Va. - A coin-changer containing $1,500 was stolen from the Laundry Depot in Ranson Square along W.Va. 9, according to the Ranson Police Department.

It was the second time in a week that the business had been the target of a theft, said Capt. Mickey Ballenger.

An employee noticed the coin machine was gone when she arrived at work Sunday, Ballenger said. Police believe someone went into a back room of the business and unscrewed bolts in the wall that secured the coin changer to an interior wall.

On March 27, $1,300 in quarters was taken from the same machine. In that incident, police believe someone fashioned a device that could be slipped into the machine over and over again to make it dispense all its money, Ballenger said.

Hagerstown City Police probe various incidents

A burglar took two cans of soda and $4 in change from a home in the first block of East Baltimore St., Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said the burglar entered the first floor apartment by breaking a window sometime between 10:05 p.m. Sunday and 9:45 a.m. Monday while the occupant was away.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody in the 200 block of S. Walnut St. Tuesday after escaping from a group home, Hagerstown City Police said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Hagerstown City Police found a boy's Mongoose 21-speed bicycle in the 300 block of South Mont Valla Avenue Tuesday.

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