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May 17, 2003

Police investigate vehicle damage

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to a call Thursday morning of six vehicles being damaged overnight in the 500 blocks of Summit and Virginia avenues.

Police said someone used a sharp object to scratch letters and profanity in the paint of the vehicles.

The police department has asked anyone with information to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, extension 234.

Williamsport man faces traffic charges

A Williamsport man turned himself into police Friday and was cited for traffic violations relating to a Thursday hit-and-run accident after his truck allegedly hit two other trucks after he fell out of it, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Jesse James Gipe, 42, of 8027 Dam 4 Road, was charged with failing to drive right of center, negligent driving, reckless driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and failing to give insurance information, police said.


Police said Gipe was driving his 1976 Ford truck east on Potomac Street in Williamsport about 2:20 p.m. Thursday when he made a turn at Artizen Street. Gipe's door flew open and he fell out of his truck, which continued on and struck a 1999 Ford truck being driven by Richard McNew, police said.

The truck then hit another truck parked near the Red Barron store, police said.

Police seek man who robbed blind woman

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police are asking the public to help find a man who knocked a blind woman to the ground and robbed her Thursday morning, according to a press release from the Martinsburg Police Department.

Police said they are looking for a white man between 20 and 30 years old with a stocky build and bleached blond hair.

Police said that at about 9:15 a.m. on the 300 block of South Raleigh Street a man offered help to a woman guided by a seeing-eye dog after she left a bank, then demanded her purse.

The man knocked the woman down and took her purse containing credit cards and identification.

Police ask that anyone with information call Martinsburg police at 1-304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers.

Accident causes power, phone outage

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A traffic accident caused a utility pole to split at the base, downing electric and phone lines for several hours into Friday night, West Virginia State Police in Martinsburg said.

Joseph Collis of Hedgesville was driving a 1992 Toyota truck on Files Crossroad and began skidding into the intersection with W.Va. 45, said Trooper J.D. Burkhart. Collis collided with a 1997 Chevy truck driven by Robert Maraugha of Shepherdstown, Burkhart said.

Maraugha's car hit the pole, and Collis' truck came to rest in the westbound lane of W.Va. 45.

The emergency call came it at 3:23 p.m., according to Berkeley County emergency records.

Emergency officials were still on the scene at 10:30 p.m.

No one was injured, Burkhart said. Burkhart said Collis was charged with failing to maintain control of his vehicle. He said wet roads were a factor in the accident.

Debbie Beck, a spokeswoman for Alleghany Power, said 20 customers lost power but it was restored by 8:16 p.m.

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