Police log for 8/9

August 09, 2002

Electrical box emits smoke; wires burnt

The source of smoke at the Maugansville Feed Service Inc. on Village Mill Drive Thursday afternoon was traced to an electrical box, said Maugansville Deputy Fire Chief Bill Garrett.

The 4:30 p.m. call brought firefighters from Long Meadow, Greencastle and Western Enterprise to assist Maugansville.

An employee made the call after seeing smoke in the building.

"We searched to make sure there was no fire in the feed bins and there wasn't," Garrett said.

An electrician was called in and the problem was traced to an electrical box. Garrett said that when the box was opened, it was discovered that all the wires inside were burned.

No one was injured in the incident.

Two in accident flown to Cumberland Memorial

CLEAR SPRING - Two occupants of a van that rolled over on eastbound Interstate 70 Thursday afternoon were flown to Cumberland Memorial Hospital after complaining of back pain, Washington County Fire and Rescue dispatchers said.


Clear Spring and Hancock emergency personnel responded to the 10-mile marker at 2:27 p.m. Thursday.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class C.J. Barnard went to the scene to investigate the accident. No report on the accident or names of the victims were available later Thursday.

Two state police medivac helicopters landed at the Clear Spring school complex and flew the injured to Cumberland, dispatchers said.

Tractor-trailer overturns on I-81 near Exit 14

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A truck carrying mattress box springs overturned on Interstate 81 early Thursday, according to police and emergency officials.

The accident happened at 5:02 a.m. as the 2002 Freightliner tractor-trailer was southbound on I-81 at Exit 14, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The truck was in the left lane and traveled off the roadway, causing driver William Francis Pitkus to lose control of the vehicle, which subsequently overturned, police said.

The truck came to rest on its side facing southbound in the median and remained there through much of the day, prompting many motorists to call 911, according to Emergency Services.

When a tow truck attempted to right the truck Thursday morning it began to split and efforts were halted, emergency officials said.

Pitkus, 48, of Mahanoy City, Pa., was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released, according to police and hospital officials.

Money bag taken from Comcast Cable office

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A money bag was taken from inside the Comcast Cable office between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, Chambersburg Police said.

Someone removed the bag, which contained more than $6,200 in cash and checks, from inside the office at 120 Industrial Drive, between 5:50 p.m. Monday and 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

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