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Police Log

March 06, 2002

Traffic downsized after tractor-trailer is stuck


Traffic at the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Dual Highway was delayed for several hours Tuesday night after a tractor-trailer failed to clear a turn, Hagerstown police said.

The westbound tractor-trailer's driver turned north on Eastern Boulevard from Dual Highway at about 8:50 p.m. and the trailer struck an abutment and guard rail on the roadside, said Sgt. Jim Robison of the Hagerstown Police Department.

The driver was not injured, he said.

Traffic was restricted to one lane for more than an hour before emergency crews closed Eastern Boulevard at Dual Highway at about 10:30 p.m. so the tractor-trailer could be towed from the scene, Robison said.

No further information was available late Tuesday.

Motorists injured in two-vehicle collision


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two people were injured when two vehicles collided nearly head-on Monday evening, Chambersburg Police said.

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The accident occurred as Stephanie Stitely, 30, of St. Thomas, Pa., was traveling north on South Main Street near Orchard Drive at 7:30 p.m. in a 1989 BMW, police said.

The BMW crossed the center line and struck a southbound 1990 Dodge driven by Harold F. Armstrong, 43, of Greencastle, Pa., police said.

The collision sent Armstrong and his passenger, Charles Dettas, 59, of Chambersburg, to Chambersburg Hospital where they were treated and released, police said.

Stitely refused treatment, police said.

Smoke fills halls of Jefferson High School


SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Smoke appeared in the halls of Jefferson High School Monday morning when a motor above an air duct unit overheated, according to a fire official.

Smoke was drawn into the air system when the motor overheated, causing the air system to spread the smoke into the building, said Donald Longerbeam, assistant chief of Independent Fire Co.

Students and staff were evacuated from the building for about an hour while firefighters ventilated the building, Longerbeam said.

Firefighters were called to the high school about 10:28 a.m.

There was no fire in the overheated motor, said Superintendent of Schools Jud Romine.

The unit is expected to be replaced this summer as part of a $2.1 million improvement project, Romine said.

Cops: Fire started by people keeping warm


A blaze that firefighters say may have been started by homeless people trying to keep warm raged out of control Tuesday morning.

Hagerstown City firefighters were called to the wooded area behind the Lowe's Distribution Center off Burhans Boulevard at around 5:30 a.m., said Capt. Randy Myers.

Firefighters found a burning pile of about 50 railroad ties, each about 20 feet long, he said.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to put out the blaze, he said.

One of two missing juveniles found


CLEAR SPRING - One of two male juveniles who ran away from home in February has been found, while the other remains missing.

Matthew Wayne Dunckel, no age available, of 12831 Spickler Road, Clear Spring, and his brother, whose name was not released by police, were reported missing on Feb. 24 from their foster home at 12831 Spickler Road in Clear Spring, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

On Monday, Matthew Dunckel was found and was placed under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice, deputies said.

Dunckel's brother was still missing and thought to be in the Hagerstown area, deputies said.

The missing Dunckel is white, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 132 pounds. He has short brown hair and green eyes, police said.

Anyone with information about Dunckel's whereabouts can contact the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Stolen tools spree concerns city police


Hagerstown police are investigating a rash of thefts of construction tools from vehicles, Detective Carroll Braun of the Hagerstown Police Department said Tuesday.

More than $7,000 worth of tools and accessories such as drills, saws and drill bits have been stolen during the past three weeks from construction vehicles parked at private residences in Hagerstown and surrounding areas, Braun said.

Detectives think one person is responsible for the thefts and are pursuing several leads, he said.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone who may have purchased these types of tools from an individual should contact detectives at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

Police suggest tool owners compile a written record of the following information from tools they own: Brand name, model number, serial number, size and any attachments. This information, which should be kept in a safe place, will help police identify the tools if they are recovered after being stolen.

Md. man accused of sexual abuse of juvenile


THURMONT, Md. - A Thurmont man was in police custody Tuesday, accused of abusing a juvenile, Maryland State Police in Frederick said.

Leonardo Carannante, 31, of 15 N. Carroll St., was charged with unnatural and perverted sexual practice, second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree sex offense, and four counts of furnishing alcohol to minors.

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