Police log in May 22 Morning Herald

May 22, 2001

Police log in May 22 Morning Herald

Man arrested after pickup runs over medic's foot

A man was in police custody Monday evening after a Hagerstown medic's foot was run over by a pickup truck that was passing an accident scene, Hagerstown City Police said.

David Marshall Forsyth, 43, of 823 Woodland Way, Hagerstown, was charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident, fleeing and eluding and concealing a deadly weapon.

Forsyth was being held at the Hagerstown City Police station Monday evening pending a bond hearing.

Police said officers and rescue workers from Community Rescue Service were assisting motorists at the scene of a minor accident in the 200 block of North Burhans Boulevard Monday afternoon. A man driving a Toyota pickup truck was passing the accident scene at around 4:30 p.m. and ran over the foot of a rescue worker, police alleged.

The driver did not stop and continued north on North Burhans Boulevard, police said.


A police officer took off in pursuit, with lights and sirens on, but the man did not stop, even when the officer used the vehicle's personal address system to order him to pull over, police said.

The pickup truck came to a stop at Hagerstown Medical Laboratory, police said.

The driver told police he stopped at the laboratory for an appointment. A search of the man's vehicle yielded a 2-foot machete, police said.

The chase reached speeds of 30 mph, police said.

The name of the injured rescue worker was unavailable Monday evening. Police said the rescue worker refused treatment at the scene.

Tractor-trailer accident snarls Interstate 81 traffic

Two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 81 early Monday, sending one of the drivers to Washington County Hospital and detouring traffic for about six hours.

The accident happened at 2:18 a.m. on northbound I-81 between the Maugans Avenue and Showalter Road exits.

The crash occurred when one of the trucks went off the left side of the highway into the median, then returned to the highway and collided with the other truck, witnesses told police.

Traffic backed up as crews struggled to remove the trucks and debris, as well as diesel fuel that leaked out of one of the trucks.

Police officers detoured traffic onto Maugans Avenue, then U.S. 11, and back to the interstate via Showalter Road.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class John Sexton said part of the roadway was damaged in the accident.

Police reported that the fast lane reopened shortly after 8 a.m.

Grease fire in kitchen causes restaurant to close

A grease fire in the kitchen of Shoney's at Valley Mall burned through the roof early Monday, closing the restaurant.

Halfway Fire Chief Joe Kroboth III pulled up to the restaurant in the center of the mall parking lot at 5:13 a.m. and could see smoke inside the restaurant.

"I went around back and the employees were all there," Kroboth said. "They said there were flames 2 feet high coming from the deep fryers."

Kroboth went inside the back door and saw that the flames had reached the ceiling. By that time, they also could be seen bursting through the roof from outside, he said.

Halfway firefighters arrived and attacked the grease fire with a dry chemical, quickly extinguishing it, Kroboth said.

A ladder truck was erected outside to fight the roof fire, which took longer to extinguish, Kroboth said.

Williamsport, Funkstown and Western Enterprise firefighters assisted, as well as the Washington County Air Unit.

Damage estimates weren't available Monday morning.

Woman faces prescription fraud and other charges

HANCOCK - Authorities charged a West Virginia licensed practical nurse Friday with forging prescriptions and selling the narcotics.

Venetia A. Holland, 44, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was charged with five counts of prescription fraud, possession of the drug Lortab, possession with intent to distribute and three counts of unlawfully obtaining Lortab by forging a prescription, according to Hancock Police.

She was released on personal recognizance, Hancock Police said.

Hancock Police alleged that Holland was arrested at a Hancock pharmacy Friday as she attempted to get a forged prescription filled.

Police alleged that a prescription pad had been stolen from Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock and prescriptions for Lortab forged at least six times in the past two months in Hancock. More than 360 pills were obtained in Hancock, police said.

Air conditioner taken from Chambersburg Wal-Mart

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two people allegedly stole an air conditioner from Wal-Mart Monday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The two people placed the air conditioner in a shopping cart and left the store, at 1730 Lincoln Way East, without paying for it at 1:25 a.m., police alleged. They put the unit into the back of a light blue four-door hatchback and drove off, police said.

They were described as a white male, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with short curly blond or light brown hair, and a white female, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds with shoulder length brown hair.

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