Police log for 3/10

March 10, 2003

Truck driver escapes injury in Sunday crash

PINESBURG - The driver of a pickup truck that overturned on Clear Spring Road around 2:21 p.m. Sunday escaped serious injury, said Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Kim Barnes.

Williamsport Ambulance Co. personnel responded and transported the man to Washington County Hospital, Barnes said.

Further information on the accident and the identity of the driver will be released today, Barnes said Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters respond to smoke in area home

Firefighters from Mt. Aetna, Smithsburg, Funkstown and Boonsboro responded to a call for smoke in a home at 22139 Jugtown Road Saturday night but cleared within the hour.

The call came in at 9:30 p.m. and when Mt. Aetna volunteers arrived, they found an electrical hazard and fixed it.

Seat belt checkpoints set for Friday, Saturday

The Washington County Sheriff's Department will be conducting seat belt inspection checkpoints Friday and Saturday on Halfway Boulevard near Valley Mall, Deputy 1st Class Jim Clay said in a written statement.


The sheriff's department hopes to encourage the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities, according to the statement.

The department also hopes to attain a 90 percent compliance rate in Washington County for the use of seat belts and child safety seats.

The project is being paid for by grant money from the Maryland State Highway Administration Safety Office.

Teenager says he was shot in the hand

A teenage boy who told Hagerstown City Police he was shot in the hand with a pellet gun Sunday evening refused medical treatment for the injury, police said.

The call came in at 7:23 p.m. as a shooting in the first block of Wayside Avenue, police said. When officers arrived, they found the victim with a wound to his hand.

The victim told police the shooting happened while he was walking along Wayside Avenue and that he believes the shot came from the area of Broadway, which intersects Wayside, police said.

No shooter was seen or apprehended, police said. The investigation is continuing, said Sgt. James Robison.

Police seek help on series of burglaries

A series of burglaries and thefts of cigarettes from the Clear Spring BP Station, Boonsboro Produce Market and the Boonsboro AC&T in January and February are the subjects of this week's Crime Solvers case in Washington County.

The crimes occurred between Jan. 31 and Feb. 15 at the sites, said Maryland State Police. All the stores were entered while closed by either forcing opening the front door or breaking the glass, police said.

In addition to the Crime Solvers reward, AC&T is offering a $1,000 reward.

All leads in this case have been exhausted and Crime Solvers is seeking the help of the community.

If anyone knows the person or persons responsible for the crimes, Crime Solvers wants to hear about them.

Call Crime Solvers at 1-301-733-4141. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day.

Callers need not give their names, only the information. If the information leads to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for the Crime of the Week, a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid.

Cash rewards of between $100 and $1,000 are also given for information leading to arrests on other crimes.

Police apprehend truck driver after chase

After Hagerstown City Police received at least two calls Sunday evening about damage to vehicles along Franklin Street caused by a six-wheel white box truck, the search was on.

As that investigation was beginning, Maryland State Police located the vehicle on Md. 68 near Clear Spring and followed it onto westbound Interstate 70 for a brief high-speed chase.

After several miles, stop sticks were used and the driver was pulled over, police said. He then bailed out of the vehicle, police said.

The driver was quickly taken into custody and brought back to the barrack. The investigation was delayed until a translator could be found who spoke Spanish, said Trooper 1st Class G.A. Fockler.

Efran Leon Pineda, 27, of 3717 Greenmont Ave., Baltimore, was charged with reckless and negligent driving, fleeing and eluding police, driving without a license and driving while intoxicated, said Trooper 1st Class Chris Barnard.

Pineda was also found to be wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service, Barnard said.

Officials unsure of why lights went out

The source of the power outage that disrupted traffic lights at Dual Highway and Eastern Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. Sunday was still a mystery more than two hours later.

"There wasn't any accident that we know of," said Sgt. James Robison of Hagerstown City Police. "We believe it was just a malfunction in the system."

As the investigation into the cause continued, police officers were joined by Hagerstown Fire Police in efforts to keep traffic moving safely.

Woman hurt in accident in fair condition

QUINCY, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., woman was in fair condition at a regional hospital recovering from a car accident, hospital officials said Sunday night.

Carolyn Younker, 51, was injured when an oncoming vehicle on Pa. 316 in Quincy slid on ice and crossed into her lane, causing a head-on collision Thursday evening, Pennsylvania State Police said. She was flown from Waynesboro Hospital to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

The other driver, Dane Pedersen, 32, of Waynesboro, was treated at and released from Waynesboro Hospital, police said.

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