Police log for 12/9

December 09, 2002

Pa. family escapes from mobile home fire

MONT ALTO, Pa. - A family of six was displaced Saturday night when a fire that apparently began outside its mobile home spread to the interior, a Mont Alto firefighter said Sunday.

Firefighters from Mont Alto were joined by companies from Fayetteville and Waynesboro, as well as the Franklin County Air Unit at the 9:30 p.m. fire at 602 Park St.

A neighbor spotted the fire, said Sgt. Nathan Hawbaker of Mont Alto Fire Co.

"The two adults and four children escaped unharmed," he said.

Hawbaker said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Snowmobile operator in serious condition

The operator of a snowmobile injured in a head-on collision with a pickup truck Thursday night was in serious condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a nursing supervisor said Sunday night.

Henry Calvin Foltz, 53, of 19617 Granada Lane, Hagerstown, was initially treated at Washington County Hospital and later flown to Baltimore.


Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Crawford said Foltz's snowmobile was hit by a pickup truck driven by Donald E. Minnich Jr., 29, of 5375 Salem Church Road, Waynesboro, Pa.

Crawford said Foltz was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Both Crawford and Sgt. Travers Ruppert said Sunday night that the pickup truck was in the proper lane at the time of the 10:25 p.m. accident.

"A snowmobile has no right being on a public road," Ruppert said.

City man faces trespassing charge

A Hagerstown man who first caused a disturbance inside the REACH Cold Weather Shelter at 101 S. Prospect St. early Sunday evening was later charged with trespassing, Hagerstown City Police said.

Michael John Loden, 48, who gave police an address in the first block of East Antietam Street, was taken into custody at 8:15 p.m. outside St. John's Episcopal Church after he allegedly threatened to set the building on fire, police said.

Loden was taken to police headquarters and was expected to see a bond commissioner later in the evening. No bond information was available at presstime.

The REACH Cold Weather Shelter alternates at area churches from late fall until spring. REACH stands for Religious Efforts to Assist and Care for the Homeless.

Four indicted by federal grand jury in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four defendants were named last Tuesday in separate indictments returned by a federal grand jury for firearms violations, illegal drugs and demanding money to change testimony at a trial.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston announced Sunday:

  • Dale Robert Crim, 19, of 178 Hermitage Drive, Martinsburg, was named in a 12-count indictment alleging he received and possessed firearms, possessed unregistered firearms, made firearms and possessed firearms with no serial numbers on several occasions in the spring of this year.

    If convicted, Crim could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine on each count.

  • Matthew Childs Simpson, 30, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., was named in a seven-count indictment, including carrying firearms during drug trafficking crimes, manufacturing of marijuana (176 plants and 100 pounds of the illegal drug) and maintaining a residence for distribution of illegal drugs.

    Efforts are under way to have Simpson's 2000 Nissan truck, $2,850 in currency and other assets forfeited because they were derived from violations in the indictment, Johnston said in a news release.

    If convicted, Simpson could face five to 40 years in prison and fines exceeding $4 million.

  • Scott Christopher Hart, 25, of 950 Oregon Trail, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was named in a two-count indictment for altering the barrel length of a Remington rifle, and receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm.

    If convicted, Hart could face 10 years in prison and/or $250,000 on each count.

    These three cases were prosecuted under the Project Safe Homes Initiative by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti.

  • Steven Ray Shifflett, age unknown, of 522 West Virginia Ave., Martinsburg, was named in a one-count indictment for demanding money with the intent of being influenced in his witness testimony to exonerate a defendant.

    If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000.

Seats, gear shift stolen from car on dealer's lot

Just before 8 a.m. Sunday, employees of Hagerstown Honda Auto Mall in Hagerstown discovered someone had broken into a 2003 Honda Civic, stealing two bucket seats and the gear shift.

The bucket seats are black with red trim.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

Truck driver faces DUI, traffic charges

A trucker who got his rig stuck in front of the Maryland State Police barrack Sunday afternoon was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

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