Police log 4/26

April 26, 2003

Fire destroys shed, burns forest in Pa.

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - A Friday evening fire destroyed a shed and burned a half-acre of forest on Lower Edgemont Road in Washington Township, Pa., according to the Blue Ridge Summit Fire Department.

A fire official said the homeowner told the fire department there had been a fire burning in a barrel. Fire officials determined that embers probably caught the shed and forest land on fire, the official said.

Washington County man faces DUI charge

CLEAR SPRING - A Washington County man was charged Thursday with driving under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly crashed into the back of a car on U.S. 40 and injured the man and the woman inside, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Roger Lynn Hill, 47, of 17721 Leonard Drive near Hagerstown faces eight charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol, negligent driving and failing to control speed to avoid a collision.


Police said Hill was driving a Buick Skylark on Cumberland Street - U.S. 40 - about 8:20 p.m. Thursday when he hit a 1997 Mitsubishi driven by Shane Bare, 22, of Williamsport. Jennifer Yates, 23, of Williamsport was a passenger in Bare's vehicle, police said.

Hill's continued accelerating after he hit the Mitsubishi, and pushed the car 450 feet, police said.

Hill had minor injuries and Bare and Yates suffered head, back and neck injuries, police said.

Bare and Yates were still in the emergency room Friday evening, a spokesperson at Washington County Hospital said.

Man, woman face several drug charges

Hagerstown City Police charged a man and a woman after they allegedly sold undercover investigators crack cocaine on the 200 block of South Potomac Street on Thursday night, police said.

Patti Sue Ahalt, 43, of 28 N. Locust St., Apt. 101, and John Anthony Lee, 19, of 2404 Keyworth St., Baltimore, both face a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Lee faces additional charges of distribution of crack, possession of crack with intent to distribute, possession of crack, and possession of marijuana.

Lee was being held Friday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, a detention center official said. Ahalt was released on an unsecured bond of $10,000, court records said.

Four fined for offenses on park property

Three juveniles and a Brunswick, Md., man appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo on Friday on charges brought by National Park Service rangers on C&O Canal property, according to court records.

Two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, each were fined $100 after being charged with interfering in agency functions/underage drinking. Their names and addresses were withheld because of their ages.

A 17-year-old was charged with operating on a suspended driver's license and fined $150.

Jeffery Quesenberry, of 19 Peach Orchard Court, Brunswick, was charged with damaging government property and disorderly conduct. He was fined $300.

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