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Police log for 9/6

September 06, 2002

Police looking for girl reported missing



Hagerstown City Police are looking for a 3-year-old girl reported missing Wednesday by her father who has court-ordered custody of the child.

Maria Gabriela O'Brien is believed to be with her noncustodial mother and may still be in the immediate area, police said.

Contacted by telephone Thursday night, Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone said the mother, Maria Margarita O'Brien, has violated his temporary custody order.

The father, who lives in Emmitsburg, Md., currently has legal custody of the girl. The mother, whose last known address was 600 Adams Ave., is allowed visitation with the child under Boone's court order.

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The child apparently was not returned to the father after a visit, police said.

The child, known as Gabriel, is white, 2 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 35 pounds and has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Her date of birth is Jan. 2, 1999.

Of great concern to police is the child's severe asthma condition which requires frequent treatment and hospitalization, police said.

Detective Patricia Moulton said some information has been received that the girl's mother may be trying to make her way back to Colombia, South America, with Gabriel and another of her children.

Anyone with information about Gabriel's whereabouts may call police at 301-739-6000 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.




Two crashes occur on Worleytown Road



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Five people were involved in two accidents that occurred within minutes of each other on Worleytown Road Wednesday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

At 7:20 a.m., a 17-year-old female turned her vehicle into the path of a westbound 1994 Chevrolet Blazer on Worleytown Road, causing the two vehicles to collide near Hoffman Road, police alleged.

The 17-year old and her 13-year-old passenger, both Greencastle residents, were wearing seat belts, police said.

The driver of the Blazer was Brad E. Martin, 24, of Mont Alto, Pa. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

The second accident happened at 7:40 a.m. in the 13800 block of Worleytown Road when an eastbound motorcyclist was unable to slow down in time for stopped traffic and hit the rear of a 1998 Chevrolet truck, police said.

Timothy S. Martin, 29, of Greencastle, was flown to Hershey Medical Center, police said. He was listed in critical condition Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Tex Myers, 63, of Greencastle, the driver of the truck, was not injured, police said.




W.Va. man sentenced on drug charges



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - After pleading guilty last spring to possession with intent to distribute the drug Ecstasy, a Martinsburg man was sentenced Wednesday to two years and five months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Craig Broadwater.

Benjamin Oakes Westmeyer, 20, of 123 Clohan Ave., will be on probation for three years after his release, the judge ordered.

Westmeyer entered a guilty plea on April 9 to a one-count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy in Martinsburg on June 29, 2000, according to information released Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Mucklow after being investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.




Man charged with violating burn ban



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was issued a citation charging him with violating the borough's burn ban Saturday when he set fire to some brush on his property, Chambersburg Police said.

The Chambersburg Fire Department was called to 1065 S. Main St. at 12:35 p.m. for the report of a brush fire, police said.

The fire was spreading across the yard, and a major part of the fire was still smoking heavily, police said.

Robert L. Martin, 43, told police he was just trying to get rid of some brush.

The Borough of Chambersburg prohibits open burning.

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