Police log for 6/30

June 30, 2003

Girl still critical after near drowning

A 3-year-old Baltimore girl remained in critical condition Sunday night at Children's National Medical Center following a near drowning Saturday in the lake at Greenbrier State Park.

Sequoia Rantin was flown by helicopter to the hospital in Washington, D.C., Ranger Bob Haney said.

Park lifeguards, with the help of doctors and nurses who were visiting the park, revived the child after she was carried from the lake by a woman who saw her under the water.

Ambulances from Boonsboro and Mount Aetna responded to the call, Haney said. An ambulance took the child to a field near the lake, where the helicopter landed.

The girl was picnicking in the park with a group of family members including her mother, Vernea Rantin, and her grandmother, Katheryn Orallo, Haney said.


Man charged with first-degree arson

A Fairplay man was taken into custody early Sunday and charged with first-degree arson in connection with a mobile home fire Friday night from which his wife narrowly escaped.

Eddie Preston Holmes, 48, of 7825A Sharpsburg Pike, was found by state fire marshals and Maryland State police troopers at a relative's home in the area, according to Faron Taylor, deputy state fire marshal.

Holmes' wife, Shelly Ann Holmes, 46, was sleeping on the sofa in the living room of the couple's home when she was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into a rear door, Taylor said.

She ran from the dwelling just prior to someone igniting a fire at about 10:30 p.m. Friday in the hallway near the master bedroom. As the suspect sped away from the scene, she attempted to re-enter the house to save three family pets - a cat, a snake and a tarantula - but was unsuccessful, Taylor said.

She suffered minor smoke inhalation, was treated at Washington County Hospital and later released, according to a state fire marshal report.

Fire marshals believe an ongoing domestic dispute may be the motive for the incident.

Eddie Preston Holmes was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center. He was booked into the jail at 2:25 a.m. Sunday, jail officials said.

Woman's condition remains serious

FREDERICK, Md. - A Middletown, Md., woman injured in a Saturday morning accident remained in serious condition at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, a hospital spokesman said Sunday night.

Kathleen Tobery, age unknown, was the driver of a 1991 Cadillac that was turning northbound onto Old Camp Road from U.S. 40 at 8:40 a.m. Saturday when she was struck by a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer which then overturned onto its roof, Frederick City Police said.

Tobery's vehicle continued on after impact and hit a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck head-on, police said. The driver of the pickup was unhurt, police said.

The Blazer's driver, Michael Bender of Herndon, Va., was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, police said.

Man dies as result of injuries in Pa. crash

YORK, Pa. - A New Oxford, Pa., man injured June 24 when his motorcycle and a truck collided died Thursday, according to a nursing supervisor at York Hospital.

Thomas H. Smith, 64, was injured when the 1999 Yamaha he was riding was struck by a 1988 Ford truck at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Pa. 75 in Fort Loudon, Pa., according to the Pennsylvania State Police report on the accident. Smith was westbound at 3:55 p.m. when the northbound truck driven by Wilber D. Graybill, 72, of Mifflintown, Pa., hit the motorcycle in the westbound lane.

Graybill and his passenger, Elizabeth A. Weaver, 32, of McAlisterville, Pa., were uninjured, police said.

Motorists warned not to park along I-81

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are warning motorists in advance of the Fourth of July that parking along the shoulder or in the median of Interstate 81 during Chambersburg's fireworks display is against state law.

Police said safety is the primary concern, and troopers will aggressively enforce the law Friday night, as well as other traffic violations during the holiday weekend.

The fireworks display is held in Chambersburg's Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the interstate.

Police investigating burglary at Pa. home

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A residential burglary June 24 in Antrim Township is being investigated by Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said $2,850 was stolen from the Grosh Drive home of Chad Meyers. The house was entered by unknown means between 6:40 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to police.

Six cans of soda stolen from center

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are looking for the person who went to a lot of trouble to get six cans of soda Thursday night or Friday morning at the Fort Loudon Community Center.

Police said an attempt was made to pry open a door at a food stand between 11 p.m. and 6:45 a.m. The hinges of the door then were unscrewed to get inside and steal the sodas, police said.

Burgler vandalizes garage and vehicle

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A garage and vehicle were spray painted and damaged in a burglary that occurred between 11 p.m. Thursday and 8:10 a.m. Friday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the burglary occurred at the Talhelm Road home of Joshua Rohm in Antrim Township.

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