Police Log 3/29

March 29, 2002

A 12-year-old Hagerstown girl was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Thursday afternoon following a trampoline accident at a Broadfording Road home.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Maugansville firefighters and Community Rescue Service personnel responded to the home after learning the girl was experiencing loss of feeling in her legs.

"When we arrived, two rescuers kept her steady on the trampoline to avoid any movement," said Chuck Burleson, rescue sergeant at Maugansville Goodwill Fire Company.

A platform was built up outside the trampoline to the level of the girl so a backboard could be employed at the same height, again to minimize unnecessary movement, Burleson said.


Once she was on the backboard, she was taken to the Maryland State Police medevac helicopter for the flight to Hopkins.

Burleson said the girl was conscious and experiencing some feeling in her legs when she was loaded onto the helicopter.

The girl's name and condition weren't available Thursday.

HANCOCK - Thieves operating a green pickup truck and pulling a flatbed trailer are believed to have stolen a $16,000 tractor Monday from a Riser Road property, Maryland State Police said.

The theft occurred between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Witnesses told police of the green pickup truck with possible rust on the sides occupied by people who were also seen cutting down several cherry trees on the property.

In addition to the 4x4 New Holland tractor, serial number G001627, the thieves also took a 3,500-watt Honda electric generator, a tiller and other farm equipment, police said.

Total loss was approximately $20,000, police said.

Trooper 1st Class J.D. Crawford, who was investigating the theft, said the owner was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Anyone with information about the theft may call 301-739-2101 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

FREDERICK, Md. - A 14-year-old boy accused of fondling the breasts of two nursing home residents where he was a volunteer was released to his mother's custody Wednesday, Frederick City Police said.

The teenager has been charged with two counts each of second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offenses, police said.

Officers Simon Temple and Dwight Sommers responded to Northhampton Manor on East 16th Street Wednesday at 2 p.m. to investigate allegations that two victims, aged 85 and 96, had been fondled.

The case has been forwarded to the Frederick County Department of Juvenile Justice, police said.

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Two men, one of whom reportedly shot at witnesses, held up the Cliffside Inn Motel on U.S. 340 late Wednesday, West Virginia State Police said.

The men went into the lobby at 10:45 p.m. and demanded money, police said. After the clerk gave them the contents of the cash register, the two men fled to a compact medium blue two-door vehicle, police said.

The man armed with a silver-toned revolver fired a shot at potential witnesses who were attempting to get the fleeing vehicle's license plate number as it drove south onto U.S. 340, police said.

The bullet entered a glass door and struck a wooden door inside the hotel. No one was hurt.

The gunman is described as a white man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with a fair complexion. He wore a knit cap and a dark blue or black puffy down jacket.

He was unshaven and may have been growing a mustache.

The second man was also white, 30-35 years old, 5 feet 6 inches, 170 pounds, with shoulder-length dirty blonde hair. He wore a brown and white flannel shirt with blue jeans.

Anyone with information may contact West Virginia State Police in Charles Town at 1-304-725-9779.

FREDERICK, Md. - A series of thefts from motor vehicles in the Crestwood Boulevard area of Frederick has prompted the Frederick County Sheriff's Department to seek help from the community.

Most of the victims had left vehicles unlocked and thieves took change, CDs, cell phones and credit cards, police said.

Areas hit included Stone Bridge and the Kingsbrook subdivision, police said.

Police asked residents to lock their vehicles and remove all items of value. Police were increasing patrols in those areas and ask that residents seeing anything suspicious in their neighborhoods call police immediately.

Anyone with information may call 1-301-360-3908 or 3906.

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A car tried to pass another vehicle Wednesday evening, resulting in a collision but no injuries, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Alan Lehman, 16, of Shady Grove, Pa., was driving a 1975 Chevrolet truck on Buchanan Trail West at 9:42 p.m. when he attempted to pass a tractor trailer near the intersection with Christy Road, police said.

As a 1983 Toyota Tercel approached westbound, Lehman was unable to get back into his lane and collided with the Tercel on the west berm, police said.

The Tercel driver was Brint L. Hess, 58, of Waterfall, Pa., police said. He, Lehman and the three teenagers in Lehman's truck were not hurt, police said.

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