Police log for 10/8

October 09, 2002

Dump truck driver charged in bus accident

The driver of a dump truck involved in an accident with a Washington County school bus loaded with Eastern Elementary School children Monday on the Dual Highway has been charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class John Martin said Chad Clipp, 20, of 8337 Sharpsburg Pike, Fairplay, was driving a truck for the Olden Excavating Co. in Boonsboro, when the 3:44 p.m. accident occurred.

The dump truck ran into the rear of Bus 391, forcing it into a pickup truck and another vehicle, Martin said.

The driver of the pickup truck, Mary Wolfe, 37, of 38 Juniper Court, Martinsburg, W.Va., and the driver of the other vehicle, Dwayne Scott Way, 23, of 10826 Downsville Pike, were both treated at Washington County Hospital and released.


Neither Clipp nor the bus driver, Sharron Feigley, 59, was hurt, Martin said.

A nursing supervisor at the hospital said 10 children were treated and released.

Thefts from police vehicles concern cops

FREDERICK, Md. - Two recent thefts from police vehicles has Frederick City Police concerned that the thieves might be planning to pass themselves off as police to unsuspecting citizens.

While no weapons or official police identification items have been taken, flashlights, handcuffs, ticket books and other equipment were stolen, police said.

The first theft was between 11 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday and involved a Frederick City Police vehicle parked on White Oak Place. The driver's side window was pried open to gain entry.

About the same time, a Maryland State Police cruiser parked on Megan Court was entered in the same fashion, police said.

Anyone claiming to be a police officer will have a badge and official ID card and will display both upon request, police said.

A reward of $500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of these responsible.

Frederick man charged with stealing car, fleeing

FREDERICK, Md. - A man accused of stealing a car was apprehended Tuesday afternoon after a brief foot chase in a parking lot off Buckeystown Pike, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Mark D. Haines, 22, of the 300 block of West 7th St., Frederick, was charged with felony theft, motor vehicle theft, fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest, according to Detective David DeWees.

At 2:43 p.m., DeWees spotted a suspicious vehicle and when he ran a check, he discovered it had been reported stolen in Montgomery County, Md.

When DeWees approached Haines and identified himself, Haines allegedly took off and was apprehended running toward the Lowe's parking lot.

Haines was being held at the Frederick County Central Booking Unit Tuesday evening awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

W.Va. man charged with disorderly conduct

RANSON, W.Va. - A Ranson man was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct after police said he kicked a nurse while being treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

A nurse at the hospital told Cpl. Todd Lutman Sr. of the Ranson Police Department that she was attempting to care for Gary Lee Fisher when he allegedly began screaming and cursing at her, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Fisher also sat up in his bed and kicked her in the left arm, court records said.

Lutman said he told Fisher to be quiet, but he refused and shouted again, court records said. Lutman took Fisher to the police department, where he refused to sign his fingerprint cards, court records allege.

Fisher, 39, of 513 E. Fifth Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct, battery and fingerprint refusal, court records said. Fisher was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on $3,500 bond.

Two drivers injured in Sharpsburg Pike crash

The drivers of two cars were injured Monday when they collided on Sharpsburg Pike as they tried to avoid a third vehicle that pulled out from a side road, Maryland State Police said Tuesday.

Mary Eudora Mills, 64, of 7907 Sharpsburg Pike, was taken to Washington County Hospital shortly after the 9:26 p.m. accident. She was listed in good condition Tuesday, hospital officials said. She was driving a Toyota Corolla.

Gary Richard Wheeler, 60, of Warfordsburg, Pa., was treated and released from the hospital. His vehicle was a 1988 Oldsmobile.

Trooper 1st Class Doug Bittinger said the driver of the third vehicle remained at the scene and was questioned during the investigation which is continuing.

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