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Police log 11/24

November 25, 2002

Two injured in I-81 accident



HALFWAY - Two people were injured Saturday afternoon when a tractor-trailer cut off their 1996 Chevrolet Blazer on Interstate 81, causing it to flip over, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

The driver of the Blazer, William R. Milich, 40, of Wanaque, N.J., was taken to the trauma center at Washington County Hospital. He was in critical condition Saturday evening.

His passenger, Susan M. Nevoso, 48, was taken to Washington County Hospital. She was in serious condition Saturday evening.

Police said a flatbed tractor-trailer moved into the Blazer's lane on Interstate 81 near exit 5, Halfway Boulevard.

Milich swerved to the left to avoid the tractor-trailer, but lost control. The Blazer rolled over three times and came to rest upside down in the median, police said.

Nevoso's left leg was fractured when it went through the passenger window and the Blazer rolled over onto it, police said.

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Police did not have any information Saturday about who was driving the tractor-trailer.




Police stop motorists at checkpoint



Maryland State Police stopped motorists in Washington County on Friday night to look for drunken drivers.

Sgt. Steve McCarty said state police from the Hagerstown barrack stopped 79 vehicles at the checkpoint at U.S. 40 east of McDade Road.

No one was arrested.




Firefighter injured while battling blaze



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Firefighters were called to 45 W. Commerce St. on Saturday to put out a fire in a multi-family residence.

A firefighter from the Chambersburg Fire Department fell off the roof while battling the fire, but was not seriously injured, Assistant Chief Stacy Ingram said.

Ingram said the firefighter, whose name he would not release, was taken to the hospital to be examined.

Ingram said the firefighter fell from the roof to the porch, which was about 10 feet, then from the porch to the ground, which was another 10 feet or so.

Saturday evening, there was no estimate of the damage to the building. Ingram said the smoke and fire damage was too great for someone to stay there.

He did not know who lives at the building or whether anyone was home when the fire was reported.

The fire was not considered suspicious, Ingram said.

The Franklin Fire Co. and the Franklin County air unit assisted with the call. Chambersburg Advanced Life Support was called to help the firefighter who fell.




4 arrested on drug charges in Hagerstown



The Washington County Narcotics Task Force arrested four people Thursday after searching a downtown Hagerstown residence and finding suspected illegal drugs.

The Washington County Special Response Team used a search and seizure warrant obtained by the task force to go inside 19 E. Lee St. about 9:10 p.m.

Sgt. Mark Holtzman, director of the task force, said in a press release that the warrant was obtained after the task force arranged an undercover buy of crack cocaine.

Authorities found suspected crack cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside, Holtzman said.

The task force arrested the following people:

  • Susan Roberta Needy, 39, of 19 E. Lee St., charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Jessica Lynne Needy, 19, of 335 S. Potomac St., Apt. 1, Hagerstown, charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • John William Harris, 20, of 120 Manor Drive, Apt. 204, Hagerstown, charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Anwar Ari McLeod, 20, of Anne Arundel County, Md., charged with violation of probation.


Five adults and four children were in the home when the Special Response Team searched it, police said. The children were turned over to a family member.

Harris was treated by a paramedic after he complained of being injured during his arrest, police said. He was taken to a hospital but refused treatment.




W.Va. man charged with malicious wounding



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with one felony count of malicious wounding Friday, more than a month after he allegedly hit a man with a machete during a parade.

Aion Lloyd Daniels, 39, of Pendleton Drive in Martinsburg, was also charged with a misdemeanor count of brandishing a deadly weapon.

Police said the victim, Daniel Maconaughey, was inside Daniels' store, Inner City Clothing in Martinsburg, when Daniels accused him of shoplifting. The incident happened on Oct. 19 during the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival parade.

After Daniels grabbed a machete from near his store's cash register and poked it toward Maconaughey, Maconaughey tried to leave, police said. Daniels allegedly hit Maconaughey with the blade of the machete, causing a red welt on his back.

Daniels is free on $10,000 bail.




Pistols, electronics taken from Hancock home



The Washington County Sheriff's Department said numerous items were taken from a Hancock home after it was broken into Thursday.

Police said someone entered a home on the 9000 block of Slabtown Road between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. by breaking a basement window.

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