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Police log in April 26 Morning Herald

April 26, 2001

Police log in April 26 Morning Herald



Ill. truck driver cited after tractor-trailers collide


An Illinois man was cited for negligent driving after a tractor-trailer was hit from behind by another tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 Wednesday morning, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Donald Stutesman, 68, was driving a tractor-trailer west on I-70 around 12:04 a.m. when he approached a construction area, state police said.

Stutesman was unable to slow down in time and drove into the rear of a tractor-trailer that had stopped for construction, state police alleged.

The second tractor-trailer was driven by Matthew Bollman, 21, of Wiley Ford, W.Va.

The impact caused Stutesman's vehicle to jackknife across the interstate.

Stutesman was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

Man hospitalized after vehicle runs into tree


CLEAR SPRING - A Washington County man was hospitalized Wednesday after he lost control of his car and it hit a tree, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

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Rodney Vaughn Wolfe, 21, of 13217 Independence Road, was driving a 1994 Mazda sedan north on Independence Road at 9:30 p.m. when the car ran off the road, police said.

Wolfe's vehicle struck a tree and went down a cliff, rolling over and coming to rest on its wheels.

Wolfe was partially ejected, police said.

Police said Wolfe was flown to Washington County Hospital but a spokeswoman said there was no record of him in the computer.

A nursing supervisor refused to provide information about his condition.

Child treated at hospital after swallowing kerosene


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 14-month old Antrim Township child was treated at Chambersburg Hospital Tuesday after swallowing a small amount of kerosene, a spokesman for Rescue Hose Co. No 1 in Greencastle said.

The child was not identified by authorities, and hospital officials did not release the child's condition.

Sandra O'Donnell, spokeswoman for the poison center for the 30-county Central Pennsylvania region, said Tuesday that even a small amount of kerosene can be dangerous for a small child.

She said the problem is that kerosene, like any oily substance, easily makes its way into the lungs, where it can result in chemical pneumonia.

"Even a taste amount can cause problems," O'Donnell said. "It has to work its way out on its own. It has to be coughed out."

She said that on rare occasions, children die if they ingest a significant amount of kerosene. She also said her office gets calls daily on the subject.

"Especially this time of year when people are draining out the last of the kerosene from heaters, they often drain what's left into a glass, then leave the glass on the floor without thinking. A small child will pick it up thinking it's something to drink," O'Donnell said. "Tell parents to be careful when they drain their heaters."

Outside air pump stolen from Long Meadow Exxon


Thieves made off with an outside air pump from the Long Meadow Exxon Station early Wednesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Gray and black in color, the pump is valued at $500, according to the station representative, John Robert Kemmet.

He discovered the pump missing when he arrived at the 19348 Leitersburg Pike station on Wednesday at 5:30 a.m.

Anyone with information about the theft may contact either the sheriff's department at 301-791-3300 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Boonsboro resident faces charges following assault


A Boonsboro man charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend while driving around Washington County late Saturday was taken into custody Tuesday night by Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies.

Anthony John McMellen, 33, of 19818 Toms Road, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.

McMellen was released after posting $15,000 bond.

When Deputy Jay Mills interviewed the victim, Julie Layton, on Sunday she said the incident began at around 10 p.m. Saturday as she sat in a vehicle with McMellen along U.S. 11 north of Maugans Avenue.

A verbal argument turned physical and Layton was hit repeatedly and pulled back into the vehicle each time she tried to get away, deputies said.

The 34-year-old Hagerstown woman lost consciousness and awoke to find McMellen choking her and threatening her with a knife, deputies said.

McMellen took her home and her parents took her to Washington County Hospital Sunday morning, deputies said.

Mills saw bruises and scrapes on her legs, arms, head, neck and face, police said.

Mother charged with endangering child's welfare


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg mother faces charges after her 1-year-old child was found playing in an open second-story window Monday, Chambersburg Police said.

Jennifer Owen, 22, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

The 1-year-old child was left unattended while the mother napped inside 61 N. Main St. between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Monday, police alleged.

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