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police log 9/11

September 11, 2002

Hancock man charged with rape, assault



A Hancock man was charged Monday in the rape of a 14-year-old girl in his home on Sept. 1, said Sgt. Steve Ganley of the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown.

Mark Wayne Neilson, 43, of 4406 Western Pike, was charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, Ganley said.

He was immediately held without bond Monday.

Appearing before Washington County District Judge Noel Spence Tuesday afternoon for a review of his status, Neilson was again denied bond, said officials at the Washington County Detention Center.

Two Pa. women hurt in three-car crash



McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Two women were injured Monday in a three-vehicle collision on Pa. 522 in McConnellsburg, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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Tonya Swisher, 18, of McConnellsburg, suffered neck and back injuries when her car was struck from behind while she waited to turn into a parking lot, police said.

Trent Clugston, 16, of McConnellsburg, failed to see Swisher's stopped vehicle ahead of him while he was driving south on Pa. 522 at about 5 p.m., police alleged.

Clugston's car struck and pushed Swisher's car into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Kathy Keebaugh of Three Springs, Pa., police said.

Keebaugh, 32, sustained wrist, neck and head injuries, police said. She was treated at the Fulton County Medical Center and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Swisher was kept at the hospital overnight for observation, the spokeswoman said. Her condition was unavailable Tuesday evening.

Clugston was not injured, police said.




W.Va. woman charged with embezzlement



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was arrested Monday for embezzlement in connection with $4,000 that was taken from BB&T Bank, court records said.

Dianna Lynn Crowell, 33, of 210 Strine Ave., was charged with felony embezzlement and is free on $5,000 bond, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

The investigation began on Aug. 1 when the assistant area manager for the bank told West Virginia State Police that she believed one of her employees was embezzling money, court records said.

The manager told police she had documentation supporting the fact that Crowell had been electronically transferring bank funds into either her personal accounts or a nonprofit organization account that she maintained, court records allege.

State police Sgt. David Boober later received a handwritten confession from Crowell in which she said she had taken $4,000 from the bank between April and August, court records said. Crowell said she committed the crimes due to financial problems she was having, court records said.




W.Va. man charged in apartment burglary



RANSON, W.Va. - Police charged a Martinsburg, W.Va., man in a July 29 incident in which a man leaped from a second-story balcony onto a car after he allegedly kicked in an apartment door on 11th Avenue, court records show.

Shavon Lynn Craig, aka Vaughny, 18, was charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, battery and fleeing on foot, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

A resident at Waldon Village on East 11th Avenue told Ranson Police Cpl. Todd Lutman she saw Craig and another person enter an apartment by kicking a door open, magistrate court records said.

The witness said she later saw Craig flee from the apartment by jumping off a second-story balcony and onto a car, court records allege.

The second person, who was a juvenile, had a cell phone, court records said. The person who lived at the apartment said the cell phone was his, court records said.




Antrim Township business burglarized



STATE LINE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the burglary of an Antrim Township business over the weekend where electronics equipment and tools were taken.

Between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday, someone cut a fence at P.D.I. Center, 15332 Molly Pitcher Highway South, and broke into three buildings, police said.

A laptop computer, Palm Pilot and an undetermined number of hand tools were taken, police said.

Anyone with information on the incident can call Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg at 717-264-5161 and reference case H03-1281115.




Police seeking help in school vandalism case



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Crime Solvers of Franklin County is offering up to a $2,000 reward for information on vandalism at Guilford Hills Elementary School in July.

Between 4 p.m. July 5 and 7:30 p.m. July 6, someone set fire to a plastic sliding board and two trash cans at the school playground, 2105 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.

Damage was estimated at $700.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved may receive a reward up to $2,000.

Call Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 717-263-3000. Callers do not have to leave their name.




Cash stolen from nail salon at Pa. mall



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