Police log

June 26, 2003

Five injured in four-car crash in Pa.

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Two people were flown to York (Pa.) Hospital and three others were taken to Chambersburg Hospital with injuries from a four-car accident Wednesday afternoon in Greene Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Robert and Esther Nixon of Fayetteville, no ages or addresses given, both suffered major injuries in the 1:30 p.m. crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Ritchie Road. Robert Nixon was driving a Buick sedan when police said he tried to cross U.S. 30 and his car collided with a westbound Chevy sedan driven by James Kauffman of Chambersburg.

The impact forced the Nixon vehicle into a Cadillac driven by Hollis Noyes of Fayetteville, which was stopped on Ritchie Road on the north side of the highway. Noyes' car was forced into a Pontiac sedan behind his vehicle driven by Barry Hodson of Chambersburg.

Robert and Esther Nixon were both listed in serious condition Wednesday night, according to a hospital spokesperson.


James Kauffman had minor injuries and his passenger, Linda Kauffman, had moderate injuries, police said. Noyes' passenger, Carol Noyes, had minor injuries, police said. They were all taken to Chambersburg Hospital, according to police.

Car vandalized, pushed into Blazer

A Cedar Ridge Road man's Volkswagen was vandalized and pushed into his Chevrolet Blazer, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The convertible top of the man's car was slashed and a $200 compact disc player removed between 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday, deputies said.

The vehicle was put into neutral so it could be pushed into the Blazer, police said.

Damage to both vehicles was estimated at $1,000.

Anyone with information may call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Girl missing from children's home

A 15-year-old girl was reported missing Wednesday from San Mar Children's Home.

Stacey Renee Wright walked away from the home at 11:15 p.m. Monday, police said.

She was last seen in the Salem Avenue area of Hagerstown and has been known to hang out at Highland Manor, police said.

Police described her as a light-skinned black female with black hair, weighing about 140 pounds.

Anyone with information may call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Police find man wanted in stabbing

Hagerstown City Police arrested a fugitive Friday morning, but it wasn't the person they set out to find.

A tipster told police that a suspect in a city armed robbery was seen going into 618 Hayes Ave.

When police arrived, the tenant refused to let them enter, saying the robbery suspect was not there. She said the man at her house was named Swan.

An officer recognized the name as that of a suspect in a Martinsburg, W.Va., stabbing, police said.

Nick Tony Swan, 30, was taken into custody on the West Virginia warrant.

Swan was taken to Roxbury Correctional Institution because he also had a parole retake warrant against him from the Maryland Division of Correction, police said.

Street lamp destroyed by M-90 fireworks

A street lamp was destroyed with M-90 fireworks early Wednesday morning, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

About 1 a.m., police were investigating a complaint of gunshots being fired in the area of Stanford Road and Cornell drive southeast of Hagerstown when they discovered the crime.

Damage was estimated at $200.

Man assaulted on Colonial Drive

A Hagerstown man reported being assaulted outside his girlfriend's Colonial Drive house early Wednesday.

The man said that at about 2:15 a.m. he was approached by two white males, one of whom asked him for a light, police said.

The man was about to hand the man a lighter when he was struck several times in the face, police said. He sustained bruises and his eye was swollen shut, police said.

The man was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

Anyone with information may contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

Boy, 10, injured by homemade explosive

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Brunswick Police and the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office were investigating the injury of a 10-year-old boy from a homemade explosive device.

The bomb was detonated at about 8 p.m. Tuesday on a pathway near apartments on Maple Terrace Lane, the fire marshal's office said.

Police and the fire marshal's office were called to investigate Wednesday morning.

Pa. man injured in motorcycle crash

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - A New Oxford, Pa., man was flown by Life Lion helicopter to York (Pa.) Hospital after he was injured Tuesday afternoon in a collision between a truck and a motorcycle at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Pa. 75, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Thomas J. Smith, 64, was listed in serious condition Wednesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Police said Smith was riding a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle west on U.S. 30 at 3:55 p.m. when it collided with a 1988 Ford truck that was northbound on Pa. 75.

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