Police log for 6/12

June 12, 2003

Local woman in critical condition following crash

CLEAR SPRING - A Clear Spring woman remained hospitalized Wednesday, a day after an accident in which Maryland State Police alleged a pickup truck pulled out of the Shamrock Inn into the path of her car.

Karen Ann Worthington, 18, was flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. She was listed in critical condition Wednesday, a spokeswoman there said.

Police said she was driving east on Old National Pike when her metallic blue Ford Escort collided with a black Dodge Dakota pickup truck that pulled out of the Shamrock Inn.

The driver of the truck, Harry Edward Lerch, 32, of Clear Spring, was taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulance. He was discharged Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.


The accident was reported at 7:22 p.m. at 11541 Old National Pike, Washington County 911 dispatchers said.

Man grabs cigarette cartons from Smithsburg store, flees

A man took several cartons of cigarettes from a Smithsburg Exxon on Tuesday night and drove away in a white Pontiac, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

An employee at the store at 21411 Jefferson Blvd. said a tall, thin, black man wearing a gray T-shirt and blue nylon pants entered the storeroom at the service station and began removing cigarettes, Cpl. Roy Harsh said.

Police said an employee confronted the man and tried to stop him, but the man got into a white 1998 Pontiac Firebird with Maryland tags, Harsh said.

The man driving the car was described as white, having long blond hair and wearing white shorts. He also had a marijuana leaf tattoo on one arm, Harsh said.

Tools, golf clubs among items reported stolen

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following calls Tuesday:

  • Electric and hand tools totaling $1,800 in value were reported taken from a house under construction in the 14500 block of Edgemont Road near Pen Mar.

  • Golf clubs valued at $200 were reported stolen from a garage at 8:16 p.m. in the 20700 block of Keadle Road near Boonsboro.

  • A 1990 Acura parked at the park-and-ride lot at Exit 35 near Interstate 70 was reported broken into at 10:14 a.m. and a stereo taken.

  • Several windows were reported broken at 11:10 a.m. to a home under construction in the 18800 block of Preston Road in Hagerstown. Damage was estimated at $500.

  • A 2000 Buick Park Avenue was keyed at Garden State Tanning's headquarters at 9912 Governor Lane Blvd. near Williamsport.

Hagerstown police respond to report of stolen vehicle

Hagerstown City Police received the following calls Tuesday:

  • A 1996 Isuzu Rodeo was reported stolen. The sport utility vehicle, which was taken from behind a home in the first block of South Mulberry Street, had Maryland tags M320297.

  • Windows were reported broken on two houses in the 900 block of Noland Drive.

Three hurt in tow-vehicle crash on U.S. 30 in Pa.

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Three people were hurt Monday in a collision at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Jack Road in St. Thomas Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Herman T. Parker of Chambersburg, Pa., was in a Ford pickup traveling east on U.S. 30 when he collided with a Dodge pickup driven by Tawnya Heinbaugh of St. Thomas. Herman, Heinbaugh and an unnamed 8-year-old girl in Heinbaugh's truck were taken to Chambersburg Hospital.

Police described the injuries as minor. The time of the accident was not listed in the report.

Pa. man faces charges of burglary, trespassing

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man has been charged with entering a Chambersburg-area man's home and a rented garage, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Travis E. Werner, 24, was charged with two counts each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property.

According to police, the Guilford Station Road home of Gregory W. Jumper, 27, was entered on Tuesday, June 3, and $25 in coins taken. On Monday, June 2, a garage rented on Lincoln Way East was entered and a bicycle worth about $150 taken.

Emergency crews called to creek for water rescue

Emergency workers were called to Antietam Creek for the second time in two days Wednesday for a water rescue.

But when the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. arrived this time, the two people had already made their own way onto shore, said Lt. Jason Eckstine.

On Tuesday, two Hagerstown men had to be rescued from the rushing creek after one of the men lost his footing and got swept over a dam behind the Creekside Inn east of Hagerstown.

At about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, two girls who were with the men apparently got into trouble near the same spot, Eckstine said.

They were walking along the shoreline when rescue crews arrived, he said.

Emergency officials had warned the public about the dangers of the creek, especially with the high waters the area is experiencing.

"I don't think they'll ever learn until somebody gets hurt," Eckstine said.

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