Police log for 2/21

February 21, 2003

Truck fire damage estimated at $10,000

Damage in a Wednesday night truck fire that is under investigation has been estimated at $10,000, Maryland State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said.

The 1989 Ford F-800 Rollback was burned at the 11307 Hopewell Road location of Critical Path Inc., Ernst said.

Halfway firefighters responded to the 9:18 p.m. blaze, which took eight minutes to bring under control.

The fire occurred in the interior of the cab, Ernst said.

Stolen fuel delivery truck found at mall

FREDERICK, Md. - A 2,300-gallon home-heating fuel delivery truck stolen early Thursday from Frederick was found abandoned around 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Landover (Md.) Mall - nearly empty but undamaged.

Prince George's County Police notified Frederick City Police of the recovery after they were tipped by a citizen.

The tanker, emblazoned with the name "Griffith" in big blue letters, was stolen from East South Street sometime after midnight. It was removed from the lot of Griffith Energy Services. Workers noticed it was missing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.


FBI agents joined the investigation by local and state police officers. Police posted a bulletin asking all law enforcement agencies on the Eastern Seaboard to look for the tanker.

"Certainly in the climate of concern we're in now, when you have fuel trucks stolen, there's a heightened sense of alarm," said FBI spokesman Barry Maddox, adding, "We have no information right now this is anything other than a stolen tanker truck."

The investigation into the theft is continuing.

Truck plowing snow collides with buried car

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A truck plowing snow struck a snow-covered parked car Tuesday afternoon, causing moderate damage to the vehicle, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Frank Hobbs, of Marion, Pa., was clearing Sandy Circle in Guilford Township at 12:15 p.m. when his 1992 Mack dump truck hit a car parked alongside the roadway, police said.

The car, a 1986 Honda Accord, was not visible to the plow driver because it was completely covered with snow, police said.

Hobbs was not injured and there was no damage to his truck, police said.

Pa. man faces drug and alcohol charges

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man faces multiple drug- and alcohol-related charges after Pennsylvania State Police stopped his speeding vehicle early Wednesday.

Trooper Eric Guyer saw a blue Buick sedan make a left turn at Stouffer Avenue and McKinley Street while the traffic light was red, police said.

The officer followed the vehicle, which was driving too fast for road conditions, until Trooper Christian Fow stopped the vehicle on Falling Springs Road in the area of Frey's Dairy at 12:10 a.m., police said.

The driver was slurring words and smelled of alcohol and burned marijuana, and a piece of marijuana was visible in the vehicle's console, police said.

The driver became combative as officers attempted to handcuff him, and Fow used force at least three times to subdue him, police said.

The driver was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment of a facial wound. While there he consented to a blood alcohol test and a urine screen for controlled substances, police said.

The tests showed a .20 blood alcohol concentration and were positive for marijuana, police said.

While in the emergency room, the man also ignored warnings not to use profanities or spit on the floor, police said.

Skyler Franklin Cosey, 21, of 1052 Shatzer Orchard Road, was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of marijuana, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and a stoplight violation, police said.

He was committed to Franklin County Prison and released later in the day, a prison official said.

Man charged with drug possession at hotel

Police last week charged a Pennsylvania man who was staying at the Sleep Inn off Sharpsburg Pike for disorderly conduct and marijuana possession after he refused to leave the pool, police alleged.

Maryland State Police were called at 12:18 a.m. Feb. 10 to the hotel at 18216 Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive because of complaints against a 22-year-old customer and a 17-year-old Hagerstown girl he was with who were kissing near the indoor pool, said Detective Sgt. Mike Hegedus.

Other hotel customers apparently complained to a hotel clerk, who asked the couple to leave, Hegedus said. The man became belligerent, and the clerk called police, he said.

When officers arrived, the man still refused to leave, so police charged him with disorderly conduct, police said. Upon searching him, officers found 8.5 grams of marijuana, Hegedus alleged.

Matthew Thomas Dennis, 22, of Honesdale, Pa., was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana, then released.

The girl was issued a possession of alcohol citation and was released to her parents.

Man hurt after vehicle collides with box truck

FREDERICK, Md. - A New Market, Md., man was in serious condition Thursday night after his vehicle tangled with a truck on Md. 75 just north of Md. 144 at 7:30 p.m., Maryland State Police in Frederick said.

A green Saturn driven by Kenneth David Houston, age unknown, and a white box truck driven by a Westminister, Md. man collided, causing the accident.

The Saturn was propelled into a guardrail, where Houston was trapped until fire and rescue personnel could free him, police said. He was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter.

The driver of the truck wasn't injured, police said.

Trooper First Class J.W. Stonebraker is investigating the accident.

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