Police log - 10/8

October 08, 2002

Stranded families rescued from park

FREDERICK, Md. - Two families were found by rescuers Monday morning after they were stranded overnight in Sugarloaf Mountain Park, police said.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Department said it received a report at 10:30 p.m. Sunday that a man, two women and four young children - ages 7, 6, 6 and 4 - had gone to the park several hours earlier. Deputies found the two families' vehicles in the parking area and began to look for the missing people.

Firefighters and rescue workers from Urbana and Hyattstown joined the search.

At about 12:30 a.m., the missing man was found at a gas station in Urbana. He said the group couldn't find its way out of the park and had no flashlights, but used a lighter. They burned their socks as torches, the man reportedly told police.

A Maryland State Police helicopter and a K-9 bloodhound were called in to help sheriff's deputies, park employees and a search and rescue team look for the others.


A search and rescue K-9 team found the rest of the group, uninjured, at about 6 a.m., police said.

Two sent to hospital following Monday crash

At least two vehicles were involved in a Monday night accident on Sharpsburg Pike that sent two patients to Washington County Hospital, dispatchers at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communication said.

The 9:26 p.m. accident was being investigated by Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Doug Bittinger. He was unavailable to provide details on the accident Monday night.

Both patients were taken to the hospital by ambulances from the Sharpsburg Ambulance Company.

Traffic on the Sharpsburg Pike was being detoured around the accident scene.

Deputies investigate break-ins, vandalism

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls over the weekend:

  • Destruction of property and a break-in were reported at separate homes in the 11000 block of Pheasant Trail, off Robinwood Drive. A window was broken at one home, causing an estimated $250 damage. At the other home, someone broke in through a window and stole 20 videocassettes, worth about $200, and a DVD player, worth about $125. Damage to the window was estimated at $150.

  • A green 1997 Ford truck on Maplehurst Avenue in Williamsport was scratched with a sharp object. There was no estimate of damage.

  • An apartment on North Colonial Drive, off Dual Highway, was broken into and $800 was taken. The same day, a resident at a home on South Colonial Drive reported that $1,000 was missing from a jewelry box.

  • A window at a home in the 21000 block of National Pike was broken. Damage was estimated at $125.

  • A 1995 Honda Civic parked on O'Toole Drive in the Mount Aetna area was hit by rocks, causing an estimated $250 in damage.

  • The windshield of a 1991 Dodge Spirit on Londontowne Drive was broken, causing an estimated $400 in damage.

  • The windshield of a Ford F-150 in the 21000 block of Mount Aetna Road was broken, causing an estimated $450 in damage.

  • A glass door at Ollie's on Massey Boulevard was broken, causing an estimated $600 in damage.

  • The door of an apartment on Dual Place, off Dual Highway, was kicked in. Nothing was stolen, but the damage to the door was estimated at $30.

Police looking for man who stole cashier's bag

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police are looking for a man who ran off with a grocery store cashier's money bag last Thursday night.

The man grabbed the money bag while cashiers were closing the register at Giant Food Store at 993 Wayne Ave. just after 9 p.m., police said.

The man fled the store and drove off in a teal or blue vehicle.

City teen faces assault charges in stabbing

A Monday evening stabbing sent one man to Washington County Hospital and resulted in adult charges against a Hagerstown teenager, Hagerstown City Police said.

Andrew Christopher Keyes, 16, of 154 W. North Ave., was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, said Sgt. George Knight. He was being held at police headquarters late Monday awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

The victim, Quinten Jamez Carter, 20, of 39 Broadway, was taken to the hospital following the 7:56 p.m. incident at his residence. Knight said he was expected to be released after he received stitches to close the stab wound on his right arm.

The stabbing occurred when Keyes and other juveniles got into an argument with Carter, Knight said.

After the stabbing, Keyes allegedly went home but Knight said his family called the police when they learned what had happened.

Injured 2-year-old's condition upgraded

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The condition of a 2-year-old girl who was run over by a car in a driveway Sunday was upgraded to serious Monday night, a hospital spokesperson said.

The girl was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital Sunday evening after being run over by a car in a driveway on Charge Court off Shape Charge Road near U.S. 11 north, West Virginia State Police said.

Police said the girl climbed onto the bumper of 19-year-old Barry Swift's car. When Swift backed out of the driveway at about 6:08 p.m., he ran over the child, Senior Trooper M.M. Kingery said.

Sgt. Deke Walker said Monday the incident appeared to be accidental.

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