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Police log 3-6

March 06, 2003

Girls face charges after alleged escape, chase


Two girls who escaped from an Allegany County, Md., group home were arrested Wednesday morning near the Frederick County, Md., line after they allegedly stole a car, hit two state police cars and crashed into a bridge, according to state police.

Maryland State Police put out a lookout at 6:15 a.m. for a Hyundai Elantra that had been stolen from Allegany Community College in Cumberland, Md., police said. A 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl apparently ran away from a girls home there, and the keys had been left in the car, Trooper 1st Class Phillip Martin said.

At 6:36 a.m. Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare spotted the girls as they were driving east on Interstate 70 near Intestate 81, police said. After the girls turned onto U.S. 40, two state police cruisers from Frederick County began following as well, said Sgt. B.T. Brown of the Frederick barrack.

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The three cars attempted to stop the girls near Mount Lena Road, but the driver swerved and hit Bare's car, glanced off and hit one of the Frederick barrack cars, Brown said. At that point, a Washington County Sheriff's deputy joined in, Bare said, and the stolen car continued until it hit the bridge over I-70.

Martin said no one was taken to the hospital.

Bare said the girls were being held at the Hagerstown barrack, but would be returned to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice, which had custody of them in Allegany County.

Police said both girls were charged as juveniles.

The 16-year-old driver is charged with felony theft, motor vehicle theft, first- and second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property, reckless driving, driving without a license, and hit and run.

The 15-year-old passenger was charged with felony theft and motor vehicle theft.




Teen charged with having handgun


A 15-year-old was charged with having a concealed weapon Wednesday morning after a Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy pulled him over.

The officer pulled over a Dodge Neon at the intersection of Moller Parkway and Eastern Boulevard at about 3 a.m., and found a Ravens Arm .25-caliber handgun, said Sgt. Mark Knight of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The Department of Juvenile Justice would be handling the boy's case, police said.

Sheriff's deputies also responded to the following calls:

  • A Nintendo Game Cube video game console was reported stolen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 17400 block of Fair Oaks Court. Its value was estimated at $300.

  • A PlayStation 2 video game console, seven video games, and a Korean mink blanket were reported stolen at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of South Mechanic Street in Sharpsburg. The items were valued at $480.





Man hanging out of a window survives fire


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was hanging out a second-story window of a house at 216 English St. Wednesday night when firefighters arrived at the house for a fire, a fire official said.

Firefighters were able to rescue the man, identified as Donald Stone, and carry him out of the house to safety, said Capt. Steve Canby of the Martinsburg Fire Department.

Stone, 38, was transported to City Hospital for smoke inhalation, Canby said. He was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The fire, which was reported about 8:11 p.m., occurred when fire spread from a stove in the kitchen of the two-story house and up a wall, Canby said.

Stone was asleep on a couch and was awakened by a smoke detector that was sounding, Canby said. The smoke detector was one of many that were distributed to Martinsburg homeowners by the fire department, Canby said.

Stone went upstairs and opened a window to get fresh air, Canby said.

Much of the fire had burned out by the time firefighters arrived, Canby said.

A second man, Stone's brother, was found in a second-floor bedroom with the door shut, said Canby, adding that the man was OK.




Driver hurt in crash on Charles Town Bypass


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The driver of a black Volkswagen Jetta was seriously injured when his car struck a concrete barrier on the Charles Town Bypass Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The car went airborne after striking the barrier, which was in the northbound lane near the Citizens Volunteer Fire Co., said Jesse Jones, chief deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The car then rolled over and slid down the road on its top for about 200 feet, Jones said.

The driver was flown to a hospital and two passengers were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., Jones said.

Traffic was backed up in the northbound lanes as rescue officials worked at the scene of the 4:11 p.m. crash.

Additional details were unavailable Wednesday night.




Pa. man hospitalized following crash


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was hospitalized with multiple injuries after a multivehicle collision Tuesday, Chambersburg Police said.

Henry Brazell, 52, of 640 Mickey Inn Road, Lot 72, was listed in stable condition at York (Pa.) Hospital following the 7 p.m. accident, police said.

Brazell was northbound in a 1980 Chevrolet on Franklin Street when the driver of a 1988 Jeep westbound on Lincoln Way West failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of the roads, police said.

The two vehicles collided, pushing Brazell's car into a 2000 Hyundai that was parked on Lincoln Way West, police said.

Jason Myers, age and address unavailable, was charged with a traffic signal violation, police said.




Burglars steal cash, cigarettes from Pa. store


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are looking for two people who broke into a Chambersburg gas station and stole lottery tickets, cash and cigarettes Wednesday morning.

Between 12:50 a.m. and 2:05 a.m., two people wearing hooded sweatshirts broke through the front door of Maxx Exxon, 3322 Black Gap Road, and removed a safe, lottery tickets, a cash drawer and Newport cigarettes, police said.

Anyone with information on the burglary may contact Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161.

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