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Police log for 8/28

August 28, 2002

City police seek man on probation charge



Information that Thomas Edward Collins may be back in the Hagerstown area has prompted Hagerstown City Police to again ask citizens to be on the lookout for this man wanted for several crimes.

Collins, 24, is wanted for violation of probation on a third-degree burglary charge, police said.

Collins is a black male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was 257 W. Wilson Blvd.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts may call Hagerstown City Police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Police said Erika J. Bell, who was featured in last week's Most Wanted segment, turned herself in at the police department on Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. after seeing her photo in the media.

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Bell, 22, who was wanted for violation of probation and failure to appear in court, was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday.




Woman released from hospital after crash



A Hagerstown woman was taken to Washington County Hospital on Monday night after the car in which she was riding collided with a van near Municipal Stadium, Hagerstown City Police said.

Jessica Bivens, 21, was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday morning.

Bivens was the passenger in a Chevy Cavalier driven by Lindsey Miller, 21, of Hagerstown, Patrolman Benjamin Lyncha said.

The accident occurred as Miller tried to turn left from eastbound Memorial Boulevard to northbound Eastern Boulevard shortly after 8 p.m., Lyncha said.

The car collided with a van being driven west on Mt. Aetna Road by Charles Forsythe, 71, of Hagerstown, Lyncha said.

Mt. Aetna Road turns into Memorial Boulevard at the Eastern Boulevard intersection.

Miller was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way, police said.




Pa. woman remains hospitalized after crash



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - One of two Franklin County women injured Saturday in a single-car accident on Old Forge Road just east of Waynesboro remains hospitalized Tuesday.

Pennsylvania State Police said Teri Jo Baker, 20, of Waynesboro, and Rachel Wagaman, 21, of South Mountain, Pa., were thrown from a 1992 Ford Mustang at about 4 p.m. after the car hit a sign and tree stump before flipping about four times.

Baker was listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday night at York (Pa.) Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Wagaman was treated and released from York Hospital on Sunday, the spokeswoman said.

The accident occurred after Baker quickly passed several oncoming cars while driving the mustang southbound at a high rate of speed, police said.

Baker lost control of the vehicle, which collided with a snowmobile crossing sign and tree stump before flipping end over end, police said.




Man charged with stealing motorcycle



FREDERICK, Md. - A Damascus, Md., man has been charged with felony theft and traffic charges after a routine traffic stop in Frederick Tuesday revealed a stolen motorcycle, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Danny L. Spears, 38, was charged with theft over $500, driving while suspended and driving on a suspended out-of-state license after the vehicle he was driving was stopped for an equipment violation late Monday on Interstate 70 at Md. 144 in Frederick, police said.

Spears switched seats with the passenger in the 1975 Chevrolet truck after the vehicle pulled off on the shoulder of the road, police said.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a Suzuki 50cc motorcycle that a New Market, Md., man had reported stolen earlier in the day, police said.

Spears, of 9911 Valley Park Drive, was released after posting bond Tuesday, officials at the Frederick County Detention Center said.




Injured motorists remain in Pa. hospital



McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Three Pennsylvania men injured in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 522 Sunday remained hospitalized Tuesday.

Walter F. Lane III, 19, of McConnellsburg, was in fair condition Tuesday night at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pa., a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lane was traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. 522 and hit a van as it was crossing the highway at the intersection of U.S. 30 at about 1 a.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The van rolled over, ejecting passenger Andrew Decker, 20, of Dover, Pa., police said.

Decker was also in fair condition Tuesday night at Conemaugh, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the van, Aaron Kemper, 18, of Dover, Pa., was flown by helicopter to Altoona Hospital, where his condition Tuesday night was described as guarded, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Another passenger in the van, Matthew Leas, 20, of Dallas, Pa., was treated at Fulton County Medical Center and released.




Accident shuts down W.Va. 9 for an hour



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Several people involved in a two-car wreck on W.Va. 9 near Pleasant View Elementary School Tuesday afternoon suffered minor injuries, according to rescue officials.

The accident occurred near the crest of a hill west of the Morgan County school.

The road was closed for about an hour.

Additional details were not available Tuesday night.

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