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Police log, 8/23

August 23, 2002

Injuries avoided after train collides with truck



SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A train hit a truck that went through a stop sign at railroad tracks on Possum Hollow Road Wednesday, but no one was injured, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Quentin J. Stouffer, 27, of Orrstown, Pa., was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger east on Possum Hollow Road.

Stouffer failed to stop and yield to a train on the tracks, and the train hit the truck at about 7:10 p.m., police said.

The truck was towed from the scene.

A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were riding in the truck with Stouffer.

Richard Lee Gutshall, 53, of Loysville, Pa., operated the Norfolk Southern train and Mark Finlkins, 46, of Manheim, Pa., was the conductor.




Holes poked in pool; CDs stolen from vehicle



The Washington County Sheriff's Department investigated the following incidents:

  • A sharp object was used to make holes in a swimming pool at 11803 St. Mary's Court near Smithsburg, according to a report Wednesday to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

    The damage was estimated at $1,000.

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  • A 1997 Pontiac Firebird was broken into at 17861 Bakersville Road, off Sharpsburg Pike, north of Sharpsburg, according to a report Wednesday to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

    About $2,200 worth of compact discs was taken.






  • Teen charged with stealing school laptop



    SMITHSBURG - A 15-year-old boy doing community service at a school in Smithsburg has been charged with stealing a laptop computer from there Wednesday, Smithsburg Police Chief Mike Potter said Thursday.

    School personnel noticed Thursday morning that the $1,500 computer was missing from the school cafeteria, Potter said. A videotape that showed the computer being taken the day before led to the boy, Potter said.

    When the teenager was questioned, he told police he hid the computer under a Dumpster and then he and another 15-year-old boy went back to the school Thursday and retrieved it, Potter said.

    The computer was recovered and returned to the school.

    Both teenagers were charged with felony theft and released to the custody of their parents.




    Md. man charged after traffic stop



    FREDERICK, Md. - A traffic stop early Thursday for an expired license plate led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man on drug charges, Frederick City Police said.

    Steven Zanders, of 39 N. Pendleton Court, was charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine, police said.

    Officer Matthew Ilko stopped Zanders at 12:02 a.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of Heather Ridge Drive after he discovered that the Maryland tag on the Oldsmobile had expired in February 2001, police said.

    The driver, who couldn't produce any proof of current registration, was seen moving around suspiciously in the car, police said. During the investigation, a bag of crack cocaine fell from the driver's pant leg, police alleged.




    Reward offered in '99 fatal accident in Pa.



    CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident 31/2 years ago.

    Pennsylvania State Police said witnesses told police a small, dark-colored sports car made an illegal pass southbound on Pa. 316 at Grindstone Hill Road, causing a northbound vehicle to drive off the road to avoid a collision.

    The 38-year-old driver of the northbound vehicle died in the Feb. 6, 1999, crash, police said.

    Anyone with information may call Franklin County Crime Solvers at 1-717-263-3000.




    Police searching for missing Pa. teen



    CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are on the lookout for a 16-year-old girl missing from her home since Thursday morning and who may be in the company of two men.

    April Nicole Hockersmith was last seen at 12:15 a.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of Orrstown Road in Southampton Township, police said.

    She is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds, with brown hair with blonde highlights. She was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt, Arizona blue jeans and white Nike sneakers.

    Anyone with information on her whereabouts may call 1-717-264-5161.

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