Police log 12/2

December 02, 2002

Three drivers charged in chain reaction crash

CLEAR SPRING - A chain reaction accident Sunday afternoon on eastbound Interstate 70 involving six vehicles resulted in charges against three drivers but no injuries, Maryland State Police said.

The incident began at 1:21 p.m. just west of Ashton Road when a silver Ford Mustang made an abrupt lane change from the slow lane to the fast lane, Trooper 1st Class Chris Barnard said.

Several vehicles in the fast lane were able to slow without a problem but several others were unable to avoid running into other vehicles, police said.

A 2000 Hyundai Elantra driven by Jessica Ann Jenkins, 23, of Coalport, Pa., ran into the rear of a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse operated by Nancy Rose Palumbo, 49, of Arlington, Va., police said.


The Eclipse went out of control, running into the side of a 2002 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Christopher Wilson, 27, of Indianapolis, police said.

Then the Eclipse struck the guardrail of the fast lane shoulder and careened into a 1996 Volkswagen driven by Christine Buch, 28, of Baltimore, police said.

A 2003 Saturn SUV occupied by Pamela Cochran, 38, of Annandale, Va., and her two young children, then struck the Volkswagen in the rear, and a 1993 Toyota Camry driven by William Ayers Jr., 60, of Temple Hills, Md., hit the Saturn in the rear, police said.

The drivers of the Hyundai, Saturn and Toyota were each charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision, Barnard said.

The fast lane was closed for nearly an hour while the cars were hauled away.

Police probe vandalism at Chewsville ball field

Vandals caused several thousand dollars in damage to the Chewsville Little League ball field on Twin Springs Drive last week and Maryland State Police are hoping witnesses might lead them to the culprits.

Sometime between Sunday, Nov. 24, and Wednesday, Nov. 27, a vehicle was driven onto to the rear ball field, police said.

A smaller style pickup or SUV is believed to have been used to cut doughnuts into the grass infield, dirt infield and onto the outfield grass.

The infield grass was destroyed and will have to be replaced prior to the start of baseball season, police said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism and who might be responsible is asked to call Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101 and ask for Trooper 1st Class Doug Bittinger. Callers may also contact Crime Solvers of Washington County anonymously at 301-733-4141.

Two women sought in robbery at Exxon

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police responded to a call of a robbery at an Exxon at the intersection of Edwin Miller Boulevard and Warm Springs Avenue early Sunday, West Virginia State Police said.

Sgt. E.D. Burnett could not comment on what was taken during the incident, which occurred about 1:08 a.m. A videotape recording was made in the store and police are in the process of recovering it, Burnett said.

Police released descriptions of two women as part of their investigation. Both women were described as black and obese, Burnett said.

One woman was further described as having hair cut extremely close, wearing a red sweater and a long, red coat and being about 5 feet 4 inches tall, Burnett said.

The second woman was described as wearing dark clothing, having short hair and being about 5 feet 8 inches tall, Burnett said.

No weapons were used, Burnett said.

Woman sustains minor injuries in one-car crash

LURGAN, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., woman ran her car off the road as she was negotiating a curve Saturday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Tiffany A. Curry, 22, was southbound on Mongul Road near Roxbury Road when her 1994 Infiniti ran off the westbound side of the road and struck a tree, police said.

She was taken to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital with minor injuries, police said.

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