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July 30, 2002

St. Thomas man is recaptured after escape from Franklin prison

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A St. Thomas, Pa., man scaled a prison fence and had a few hours of freedom Saturday night before Pennsylvania State Police recaptured him.

John Paul Lutzow, 19, left the Franklin County Prison annex between 9:30 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. Saturday by climbing over a fence and fleeing on foot, police said.

He was recaptured at his home and returned to the prison by 1:30 a.m., Warden John Wetzel said.

The prison is on Franklin Farm Lane east of Chambersburg, about 10 miles from St. Thomas.

Lutzow has been in the prison since May 25 for retail theft and violating his parole for earlier charges of simple assault and driving under the influence, Wetzel said. He was due to be released Oct. 25.

Lutzow was in the work-release program and had access to the unsecured yard, which is fenced in but does not have razor wire, Wetzel said.


"The only people in there are on work release, and they are in the community every day," he said.

Wetzel said it is more common for inmates in the annex simply not to return from their work-release job than to climb the fence.

State Police dropped off documents charging Lutzow with escape at District Justice Larry Meminger's office, a spokesperson for his office said. The documents will not be processed until Meminger is in today, she said.

Ohio men suffer minor injuries after car swerves to avoid deer

An Ohio driver and his passenger suffered minor injuries after swerving to avoid a deer that ran in front of their car on Interstate 70 Monday morning, Maryland State Police said.

Police said Christopher Gawl Howe, 24, of Columbus, Ohio, was driving a Chrysler Sebring west on I-70 near Md. 66 when a deer ran out from the right shoulder at 4:07 a.m.

The driver swerved to avoid the deer and the Sebring went off the left shoulder, down an embankment and came to rest on its roof, police said.

Howe and his passenger, Timothy Lawrence Dunbar, 17, of Columbus, Ohio, were treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

Both were wearing their seat belts, police said.

More than 500 citations issued during seat belt enforcement

Washington County Sheriff's deputies wrote more than 500 seat belt citations during a two-day seat belt enforcement project last weekend.

No warnings were issued, Deputy 1st Class James Clay said.

Deputies were positioned on Halfway Boulevard in the area of Valley Mall and at Prime Outlets off Oak Ridge Drive Friday and Saturday. They pulled over motorists who were in violation of the seat belt and child safety seat laws.

In addition to the 561 seat belt citations issued, 32 other violations were noted and also resulted in police action, deputies said.

N.C. man accused of selling Ecstasy capsules at strip club

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who police allege tried to sell Ecstasy capsules at a Martinsburg strip club was arrested Sunday.

Michael Edward Ashby, 23, of Greenville, N.C., was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and transferring a controlled substance across state lines with intent to deliver.

Berkeley County Magistrate Harry Snow arraigned Ashby and set bail at $20,000. A bondsman posted bail on Ashby's behalf.

West Virginia State Police alleged in a criminal complaint that while Ashby was at the Millennium Club on U.S. 11 for a bachelor party early Sunday, he solicited Ecstasy to a female employee and to a DJ.

Another club employee confiscated the Ecstasy and called police.

Ashby told police he had purchased nine capsules and one packet of Ecstasy in Harrisonsburg, Va., for $100 and took it to the bachelor party, according to the criminal complaint.

Martinsburg man faces several charges following traffic stop

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with two drug counts and driving while under the influence of drugs Saturday after police stopped his vehicle on U.S. 11 south.

Ben McMeans Jr., 23, of 219 N. Church St., was stopped at about 12:15 a.m. after he was seen driving erratically in a parking lot near Pikeside, West Virginia State Police said.

Trooper T.L. Lind alleged in a criminal complaint that McMeans had about 10 grams of marijuana in one bag and a gram of cocaine in another bag. McMeans also had $246, which police confiscated, the criminal complaint said.

In McMeans' vehicle, police allegedly found another 15 grams of marijuana in a bag, 24 cigars and two packages of wrapping papers.

McMeans was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine.

McMeans was arraigned and released on $16,000 bail.

Frederick man is still critical after Sunday morning accident

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man remained in critical condition at a Baltimore hospital Monday night after the vehicle in which he was traveling slid sideways on a curve and struck two trees Sunday morning at Gambrill Park Road near the scenic overlook, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

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