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Police log for 9/17

September 17, 2002

Driver escapes injury in Interstate 81 crash



A Frederick, Md., woman escaped injury at 12:51 p.m. Monday when her Chevrolet Blazer was crowded off the slow lane of southbound Interstate 81 by a tractor-trailer changing lanes just south of I-70.

Amanda Ann Chapman, 20, of 1319 Hillcrest Drive, was forced up an embankment after which her vehicle rolled back down onto its roof, Maryland State Police said.

There was no record of Chapman being treated at Washington County Hospital although rescue personnel say she was taken from the scene by ambulance.

The driver of the 2001 Freightliner was Barton Eugene Chandler, 65, of 215 Belmont Ave., Lincoln, Neb. He was charged with unsafe lane change by Trooper 1st Class Chris Barnard.

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Chandler was unhurt, police said.




Helicopter crashes at Frederick, Md., airport



FREDERICK, Md. - A helicopter crashed Monday afternoon at the Frederick Airport on a taxiway next to the Maryland State Police hangar.

Neither the pilot/trainee nor the instructor was hurt in the 3:30 p.m. crash, Frederick City Police said.

The pilot/trainee was John M. Wightman, 43, of Huber Heights, Ohio, police said. The instructor was Perry E. Thorsvik, 40, of Monrovia, Md., police said.

The investigation revealed that while engaged in an auto rotation exercise, the helicopter struck the ground with enough force to break off the tail rotor mechanism, causing the helicopter to crash, police said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct the remainder of the investigation, police said.




Man charged with fleeing, eluding police



MYERSVILLE, Md. - A Rockville, Md., man suspected of being the driver of a vehicle that crashed into two Myersville homes on Sept. 6 during a high-speed chase was taken into custody Monday by Maryland State Police in Montgomery County.

Terrence Eugene Hawkins, 19, of 1298 First St., was charged with fleeing and eluding police, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, failure to stop, negligent driving, reckless driving, speeding, driving on revoked license and aggressive driving.

Hawkins was picked up without incident Monday in Rockville on Frederick's warrant, police said. He was delivered to the Frederick barrack Monday afternoon.

Hawkins was still at the state police barrack in Frederick Monday night, awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner, police said.




Windows shot out at Hagerstown businesses



Hagerstown City Police received several calls from businesses Sunday and Monday about windows being shot out.

The F&M Bank on Salem Avenue was targeted as was an Allfirst Bank on Garland Groh Boulevard, police said.

And the front window at Machen Music at 1337 Pennsylvania Ave. was damaged, at least the seventh time in as many months, Sgt. Mark Renner said.




Teen charged with drinking at game



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 15-year-old boy was charged with underage drinking after he was caught with alcohol at a high school football game Friday, Chambersburg Police said.

The juvenile was found in possession of a 1-liter bottle containing an alcoholic beverage while at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School football game at 8:15 p.m., police said.




W.Va. woman sentenced on drug charges



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Crack cocaine was the common denominator last week in U.S. District Court, where a Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman received a 6 1/2-year prison sentence and two Martinsburg men pleaded guilty to drug offenses.

Margaret Josephine Johnson, 47, of 96 Hoof Print Drive, will be on probation for three years once released from prison, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston in a Friday press release.

In late May, Johnson pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine in Ranson, W.Va., in July 2001. Another guilty plea for failure to appear in court was also part of her sentence, Johnston said.

On Friday, Eric Banks, 28, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of St. Joseph's Parish School on South Queen Street on Sept. 5, 2001.

Currently free on bond, Banks faces a possible maximum 40-year sentence and a fine of $2 million, Johnston said.

Delmar Oza Curry, 21, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Friday to unlawfully possessing crack with intent to distribute, Johnston said.

Also free on bond, Curry is also looking at up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

All three cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Mucklow and investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Martinsburg City Police and U.S. Marshal Service.

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