Police log

June 14, 2003

One person killed in two-vehicle crash

FREDERICK, Md. - A two-car accident late Friday afternoon in Frederick County claimed the life of a 27-year-old Laytonsville, Md., man, according to a release from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Police said the man was a passenger in a Park Avenue Buick driven by Rebecca Robey, 22, of Gas House Pike in New Market, Md., when the accident happened at 3:49 p.m.

Police had not released the name of the passenger Friday evening.

Robey was driving east on Gas House Pike east of Boyers Mill Road when the car crossed the center line as she was driving down a right hand curve and entered the westbound lane, police said.

A second vehicle, driven by Mark Spitale, 37, of New Market, was heading west and swerved in an attempt to avoid Robey's car. Robey's car sideswiped Spitale's Dodge Intrepid and veered to the right while rotating counterclockwise and the right side of the car hit a tree, police said. Robey's passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.


Robey was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released, a hospital official said.

Van is carjacked and later recovered

A West Virginia man's van was carjacked early Friday morning in Hagerstown when he stopped to ask for directions, Hagerstown City Police said.

The van was recovered about an hour later,

At about 2:35 a.m., Steven Younker, 43, of Falling Waters, W.Va., had stopped in his van at the corner of East Washington Street and Locust Street to ask a group of people at the corner for directions, Lt. Margaret Kline said.

When Younker pulled to the curb, members of the group motioned him to come out of his car, Kline said.

When Younker walked to the rear of the car, he was struck over the head, Kline said. After being hit a second time, he saw three men enter his car, one of whom may have had a small-caliber pistol.

Younker had a small cut on the left side of his head but was not seriously injured, Kline said. His 1987 Ford Econoline van was retrieved at 3:36 a.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 15 S. Mulberry St.

Police are looking for four black males in connection with the carjacking. There was no further description of them.

City man is facingdrug, driving charges

Hagerstown City Police charged a city man after finding suspected marijuana during a Friday morning traffic stop on Winter Street, police said.

Jerome Quincy Norris Sr., 26, of 488 McDowell Ave., was charged with one count of possession of marijuana and several traffic violations, including driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a revoked license, failing to stop at a red light, negligent driving and attempting to elude police, police said.

He was released on $5,000 bond, according to Washington County District Court records.

Crash injures four, closes two streets

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A late afternoon three-vehicle accident sent four people to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries Friday, said Borough Patrolman John Shindledecker, the investigating officer.

Three people in a Ford Escort and a woman in a Toyota pickup were transported, Shindledecker said.

The accident occurred at the intersection of South Potomac and Second streets.

Shindledecker said he wouldn't have a report listing the victims' identity or details of the accident until this morning.

Police shut down South Potomac Street from Main Street to Third Street and Second Street to Cleveland Avenue.

Driver trapped, hurt when coal truck tips

A man was trapped in the cab of a tractor-trailer for about 1/2-hour Friday after the truck turned on its side while coal was being unloaded from it at the Allegheny Energy plant in Williamsport, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The driver, Brian J. Grosh, 38, of Lavale, Md., was taken to Washington County Hospital and treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Emergency equipment was called just before 11 a.m. for the 18-wheeler truck that had overturned inside the company's property at 15952 Lockwood Road.

Minutes later, in the loading area amid heaps of piled coal at the power plant, the truck was lying on its side while rescuers clambered to drill through the roof of the cab to pull Grosh out at ground level.

Police said it appeared that as Grosh was dumping the coal it shifted in the truck bed, causing the truck to tip over. No one else was injured.

Youths sought for information about fire

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police are seeking four juveniles who may know the cause of a suspicious fire in a mobile home that was used for storage, according to a news release from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Firefighters and deputies were called on June 2 at 9:06 p.m. to 1000 Eclipse Court in Martinsburg where they found the mobile home engulfed in flames.

Four juveniles were seen running from the area but are not believed to have caused the fire. They may know something about how it started, police said.

One boy was wearing a yellow shirt, and one girl had a ponytail, police said.

Police asked that anyone with information call Deputy B.F. Hall at 1-304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 1-304-267-4999.

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