Police log for 9/19

September 19, 2002

Officers work overtime to reduce accidents

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In less than a year, Martinsburg Police Department officers working to reduce traffic accidents and increase seat belt usage under the High Accident Reduction Program (HARP) issued 1,568 citations and 671 warnings.

Using a $19,500 grant from the National Highway Safety Administration, officers getting paid overtime did extra patrols on city streets from Nov. 9, 2001 to Sept. 9, 2002, according to Police Chief Ted Anderson.

Of the citations, 310 were seat belt violations, 464 were speeding tickets and 21 involved child safety seat violations. Forty-one people were arrested, including two on felony charges.

Warnings were given for everything from window tint violations to lapsed inspections and registrations. More than 450 people were given warnings for speeding.


Fire damages second floor of city home

Fire gutted a second-floor bedroom and bath at 646 Summit Ave. Wednesday.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said the fire initially was being ruled as accidental.

Timothy and Vickie Flaherty and their five children had left the residence shortly before the 11:37 a.m. fire was called in, DeHaven said.

"Hagerstown Water Department workers spotted the smoke while they were working in the neighborhood," DeHaven said.

The lone resident of the other half of the double house was evacuated unhurt from 644 Summit Ave., DeHaven said.

The owners, Andrea and David Lescalleet of Hagerstown, are insured. The occupants of 646 Summit Ave. weren't insured, DeHaven said.

Children slightly injured in Wednesday crash

Three children received minor injuries Wednesday afternoon in a multi-vehicle accident on Leitersburg Pike near Millers Church Road, dispatchers at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications said.

Maryland State Police said the 4:49 p.m. accident occurred when William Hilderbrandt of Smithsburg was traveling northbound on Leitersburg Pike and collided with a Pontiac Grand Am waiting to make a left-hand turn onto Millers Church Road.

Police said the impact pushed the Grand Am, driven by Christi Smith, 28, of Hagerstown, into the path of a third vehicle traveling south on Leitersburg Pike.

The third vehicle, driven by Todd Anderson, 35, of Hagerstown, swerved to avoid the collision. The car then left the roadway, going over a concrete drain and hitting a telephone pole, police said.

Smith and her passengers, 5-year-old Sadie Smith, and Kaitlin and Kylie Dorsey, both 6-months-old, were taken to Washington County Hospital where they were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police looking for man who assaulted walker

Motorists driving along Frederick Street at Willow Circle last Thursday at 10:30 p.m. are being asked to contact Hagerstown City Police if they saw a man assaulting a woman or a man running toward the shopping center on Wilson Boulevard.

The victim told police she was walking home from work at Maryland Ribbon, at 857 Willow Circle, when a man grabbed her from behind, tearing her blouse, said Detective Tammy Miller.

"She screamed and the man let go, running toward the Food Lion in the nearby shopping center," Miller said.

The man is described as white, in his 30s, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 175 pounds, with dark hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark T-shirt, and cowboy boots.

Anyone with more information may call Miller at 301-790-3700.

Pa. man charged with growing marijuana

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - While investigating a theft Tuesday morning, Chambersburg Police said they discovered marijuana plants growing at an adjacent residence.

Officers were called to 153 S. Fourth St. for a reported theft, but during their investigation they uncovered evidence of a marijuana growing room in the basement area of 151 S. Fourth St., police said.

Police obtained a search warrant and found 100 marijuana plants growing with a street value of $100,000.

Tyler S. Meyers, 20, of 151 S. Fourth St., was charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

He was released from Franklin County Prison on $25,000 bond Wednesday, according to police and corrections officials.

Man escapes injuries after crashing Porsche

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man suffered minor injuries when he lost control of his car, causing it to roll over Sunday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Jeff Michael Bell, 29, of Chambersburg, was driving a 1984 Porsche on Pa. 16, east of Little Cove Road, when he lost control of the car, police said. When he attempted to correct the vehicle, he steered into an embankment and the car rolled on its roof.

Bell was able to free himself. He was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

He was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Man charged with hitting police officer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man accused of wrestling with a police officer, punching him in the face and trying to run away was arrested early Wednesday.

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