police log 3/18

March 18, 2002

Fire offical says man died in W.Va. accident

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A man died Friday evening after his car ran off the road and into a tree, a Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Co. official said.

The man's identity was not available.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident, but no deputies could be reached for comment Friday night.

The man was driving north on Chestnut Hill Road toward U.S. 340 between 6:30 and 7 p.m. when his Mitsubishi crossed the center line and the opposite lane, said Fire Lt. P.J. Dougherty. The car ran up an embankment, grazed a utility pole and hit the tree.

The accident occurred at the main gate to the Keyes Ferry Acres residential development, Dougherty said.

Chestnut Hill Road was closed until about 8 p.m., he said.

Friendship Fire Co. and Independent Fire Co. also responded.

Virginia man injured at Frederick school site


FREDERICK, Md. - A Virginia man was in serious condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Friday night after being struck by a crane's falling boom, officials said.

Warren Coolidge Boyers Jr. was working underneath a crane at the Tuscarora High School construction site at 5312 Ballenger Creek Pike at 8:45 a.m., Maryland State Police said. Hewas preparing steel beams to be hoisted when the main boom cable that raises and lowers the crane snapped.

The boom was 120 to 140 feet in the air when it fell and hit Boyers, police said.

Police said Boyers was taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulance and then transferred to Shock Trauma by helicopter.

Boyers, 54, of Mount Solon, Va., works for Commercial Erectors of Manassas, Va., police said.

Bush's plane touches down at county airport

President Bush's airplane landed safely at Hagerstown Regional Airport on Friday afternoon, Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said.

Bush was probably on his way to Camp David in neighboring Frederick County, Motz said.

He arrived by plane and left via Marine One, a helicopter, between 4 and 4:30 p.m., she said.

Roll-a-way bed catches fire at Super 8 Motel

A roll-a-way bed moved into a hallway at the Super 8 Motel on the Dual Highway caught fire Friday morning, causing patrons to be briefly evacuated, according to the Hagerstown Fire Department.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Super 8 owner Michael Winberg said the fire activated the sprinklers and was quickly extinguished. No one was hurt and patrons were allowed to return to their rooms after 30 to 40 minutes, he said.

The building received some water damage but no fire damage, he said.

State police conduct sobriety checkpoints

Maryland State Police were scheduled to be out in force this weekend to combat drunken driving during St. Patrick's Day weekend.

State police in Frederick County, Md., and Anne Arundel County, Md., planned to coordinate sobriety checkpoints and roadblocks were planned around the state.

Police are discouraging people who plan to consume alcoholic beverages from driving afterward. They suggest these people have a designated driver, call a cab, or make arrangements to spend the night at the place where they are drinking.

Man charged with possession of crack

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A McConnellsburg, Pa., man was arrested in Chambersburg on Thursday night on charges of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, the Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police arrested Marcus Corey Cokley, 24, of Cardinal Glenn Apartments, at 9 p.m. Thursday.

He was in Bedford County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail Saturday night.

W.Va. man charged with DUI after chase

A Falling Waters, W. Va. man was arrested in Washington County on Saturday morning following a a car chase, Maryland State Police reported.

Bryan Scott Bell was arrested at 3:48 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance as well as traffic charges, police said.

At 3:15 a.m. Harpers Ferry Police pursued a car driven by someone possibility intoxicated, police said. Maryland State Police were notified of the chase.

The car entered Maryland on U.S. 340 and was driven north of Md. 67, police said.

Police used stop sticks to blow out two of the car's tires but the driver proceeded to Alt. U.S. 40 heading east toward Frederick County, police said.

The driver then drove off an embankment at Alt. 40 and Moser Road, making the car inoperable, and tried to flee on foot but was quickly caught, police said.

Police identify man killed in accident

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The man who died Friday evening after his car ran off the road and hit a tree was identified as Mark D'Angelo, according to West Virginia State Police.

D'Angelo, 41, of the Harpers Ferry area, was driving north on Chestnut Hill Road at 6:04 p.m. Friday when his 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse crossed the center line and the opposite lane, ran up an embankment and hit a utility pole and a tree, state police said.

The accident occurred at the main gate to the Keyes Ferry Acres residential development.

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