Police log for 2/13

February 13, 2003

Morning crash ties up traffic on Pa. 316

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Wintry conditions Wednesday morning caused a crash on Pa. 316 that shut down part of the road for an hour, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Robert Pearson Jr., no age given, of Gehr Road, Waynesboro, was northbound on Pa. 316 near Hess Benedict Road at 9:50 a.m. when his 1985 Toyota skidded on a large patch of snow that had blown onto the road, police said.

Pearson lost control of the vehicle, swerved to the right and struck a guardrail. The vehicle traveled up onto the guardrail where it came to rest, police said.

The northbound lane was closed for about an hour while the accident was cleared, police said.

Pearson was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, police said.

Man hit, robbed during delivery at Pa. store

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man told Pennsylvania State Police he was robbed Wednesday afternoon while behind Lowe's home store in Guilford Township.


Michael D. Crabtree, 35, address not available, was parked behind the store on Lincoln Way East making a delivery when a man came from behind his truck and hit him on the right side with a wooden board, police said.

The robber took Crabtree's key to enter his truck, and removed an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing, police said.

Crabtree was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

The robber was described as a white male with straight brown hair and facial hair on his chin, wearing a black and gray coat, a red and blue shirt and blue jeans, police said.

Anyone with information on the robbery can contact Trooper Jeffrey Bopp at 717-264-5161 and reference case H3-1308215.

Weather causes sixth delay in county schools

Washington County Public Schools had another weather-related two-hour delay Wednesday, the sixth this year.

Schools Transportation Director Christopher Carter said officials decided to delay school because of icy conditions from Tuesday's snowfall as well as more snow early Wednesday that was coupled with high winds.

"We felt it was best to go with the two-hour delay this morning," Carter said.

Williamsport High School's power was out Wednesday morning, but it was restored in time for school bus departures. By 9:45 a.m., school buses were finishing their final runs, Carter said.

"Our drivers are professionals. They certainly understand with the weather we've had ... they take their time," Carter said.

Man charged with failing to register

Police charged a man last week with failing to register as a sex offender, which is required of any person convicted as a child sex offender who lives in the state.

Police charged Edward LaRue Haupt, 39, of 1330 Potomac Ave., Apt. 13, with one count of failing to register as a child sexual offender.

Haupt was convicted on child sex offenses in West Virginia, said Sgt. Art Overcash of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Overcash said Haupt admitted he had lived at that Hagerstown address since Sept. 6, 2001.

Overcash said Haupt cooperated with the investigation, and therefore he did not issue an arrest warrant.

Overcash said child sex offenders must register with local police departments in Maryland within seven days of their move to the area.

The Sheriff's Department has charged three people this year with failure to register charges, Overcash said.

Overcash said there are 89 active files for child sexual offenders in Washington County.

Police: Hagerstown home robbed of $3,000

Someone took $3,000 from a Hagerstown home Tuesday, said Sgt. Mark Knight of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police were called at 4 p.m. to the home on the 17000 block of Hillsdale Court for a breaking and entering, Knight said.

The money that was taken was all in $100 bills, and there was no sign of forced entry, Knight said.

Traffic stop leads to charges for local man

A routine speed-enforcement traffic stop Wednesday evening led to drug charges against a Hagerstown man, Maryland State Police said.

Duane Joel Crowley, 20, of 2351 King's Crest Blvd., was charged with possession of marijuana, hashish and drug paraphernalia, Sgt. Kevin Lewis said.

Working a laser unit on Interstate 68 at Woodmont Road, Trooper 1st Class J. F. Broadwater stopped a red Volkswagen Golf at 6:10 p.m. for going 83 mph in a 65-mph zone, Lewis said.

After stopping the car, Broadwater asked for and received Crowley's consent to do a search of the vehicle. Three glass pipes, a baggie of suspected marijuana and two pieces of suspected hashish were found in the search, Lewis alleged.

A female passenger in the vehicle wasn't charged, Lewis said.

Crowley was released on personal recognizance, according to a Washington County District Court bond commissioner.

Police looking for man on drug charges

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force was on the lookout for Carlous A. Moore, for whom agents have a District Court arrest warrant for drug and assault charges.

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