Police log for 8/13

August 13, 2002

Two injured when tire blows out on I-81

ANTRIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A tire blowout on Interstate 81 Friday night caused a sport utility vehicle to go through a fence and roll over in a field, Pennsylvania State Police said.

After the 1990 Geo Tracker's left rear tire blew out near mile marker 7, the SUV hit a 2002 Kenworth truck, then went off the road and flipped over, police said.

Laneice Baker, 19, of Chambersburg, Pa., the driver of the SUV, was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released.

Chasisty Conner, 21, of Chambersburg, a passenger in the SUV, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, police said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Monday that Conner has requested that no condition information be made public.

The driver of the Kenworth - George Anderson, 44, of Baltimore - had his seat belt on and was not injured, police said.


Firefighters return to battle brush fire

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - Firefighters from three counties returned Monday afternoon to fight a brush fire that spread again across several acres in Frederick County, Md.

The blaze had spread again across several remote acres in the hills about three miles west of Mount Saint Mary's College, said Wayne Powell, spokesman for a volunteer fire company in Emmitsburg.

Nine firefighters suffered minor injuries, including heat exhaustion, an eye injury, a bee sting and a dislocated shoulder. No homes were threatened.

Powell said a lightning strike Friday may have started the blaze, although the cause remained under investigation.

Deep brush and fallen timber made it a very smoky fire, Powell said, and a lack of roads in the remote area made it hard to get vehicles in to fight it.

Firefighters fought the flames for eight hours Sunday, ferrying water from tanker trucks to four-wheel drive vehicles as far into the brush as they could go. Firefighters then carried the tanks of water on their backs, Powell said.

Fire officials were rotating crews to prevent exhaustion, Powell said.

More than 70 firefighters fought the fire Sunday.

W.Va. man allegedly leaves pot in cruiser

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., man was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after a Charles Town Police officer found about 27 grams of pot in his cruiser Saturday, according to court records.

Cpl. Richard Jenkins said he arrested Bryan Lee Wratchford, 30, on Saturday and transported him to the Charles Town Police Department for processing, said Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Jenkins said Wratchford was the only person transported in his cruiser on Saturday.

Jenkins said he later inspected the rear of his cruiser and found a baggie of a green leafy substance on the floor board behind the driver's seat, according to allegations in court records.

The pot weighed about 27 grams and was packaged for sale, court records alleged.

Wratchford was charged after Jenkins pulled Wratchford's car over on West Washington Street, said court records. While talking to Wratchford, Jenkins smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, court records alleged.

Wratchford was being held Monday in the Eastern Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.

Man faces sexual assault charges

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - An 18-year-old Charles Town man has been charged with six sex counts after his mother alleged he sexually assaulted her 10-year-old adopted daughter, according to court records.

The name of the man and the girl are not being published to protect the identity of the girl.

On Sunday, the mother of the girl contacted West Virginia State Police and alleged her son had sexually assaulted her adopted daughter, according to Jefferson County Court records.

The man went to the state police detachment Sunday and said he had sex with the girl about three times in the last two months, court records alleged.

The man was charged with three counts of third-degree sexual assault and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, said court records.

He was being held Monday in the Eastern Regional Jail on $30,000 bond.

Woman, child injured in one-car crash

A single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on College Road sent a Brunswick, Md., woman and a 4-year-old Hagerstown boy to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda via Maryland State Police medevac helicopter.

The accident occurred at 4 p.m. in front of 17906 College Road when a 1988 Ford Bronco II driven by Christine Rene Rohrback, 52, ran off the road at a curve, said Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Arnold Cerezo.

The vehicle ran off the side of the road, came back on, crossed both lanes and then skidded into a utility pole and a wooden fence, Cerezo said.

Rohrback and the child, identified only as Anthony, were both in fair condition Monday night, a nursing supervisor at Suburban Hospital said.

Cerezo said neither the child nor Rohrback was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Burning food causes smoky fire in apartment

Food on the stove caused a smoky fire Monday afternoon in an apartment at 11540 Selema Drive. But as one firefighter put it, things could have turned out very differently.

"Thank God for sprinklers," said Funkstown Fire Department Lt. Glenn Fuscsick.

He said sprinklers quickly doused the fire before firefighters arrived, including one who responded first from nearby Children's Village of Washington County.

The call went out at around 3:50 p.m. in the apartment complex just off Robinwood Drive near Hagerstown Community College.

Also responding were units and firefighters from the Hagerstown Fire Department.

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