Police log for July 7

July 07, 2003

Police: Boys flee after setting tie on fire

Two young boys were taken into custody Sunday night after they allegedly set a railroad tie on fire at Wilson Boulevard and Virginia Avenue, then hopped on and off a passing train in an effort to avoid capture, Hagerstown fire officials said.

At 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Hagerstown firefighters and police responded after personnel on a passing train said they saw the two boys setting a tie on fire at the underpass on Virginia Avenue.

"I just happened to be in the area," Deputy Fire Chief Ron Horn said. "When I got there, they started running and I ran after them."

Horn watched as the boys - estimated to be 8 and 10 years old - jumped onto the back of a moving train.


"Another train was coming the other way so they jumped off and ran into the woods," Horn said.

Horn cut into the woods and was waiting for them when they emerged.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown also responded to the scene. The boys were questioned and then taken home to their parents, Horn said.

Two women hurt in collision on Pa. 316

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two women were injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on Pa. 316 in Quincy Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the accident occurred at 3 p.m. at Five Forks Tavern. Police said Debra Flora, 37, no address given, was backing a 1988 Camaro from the tavern parking lot onto the road when it was hit by a northbound 1990 Jeep Cherokee driven by Stephanie Lininger, 18, of Chambersburg.

Police described the injuries as moderate to major for both women. Flora was in serious condition at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown Sunday, according to a hospital spokesperson.

No information on Lininger's condition was available at that or several other area hospitals checked Sunday night.

Five hurt when car hits truck head-on

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Five people were injured in a head-on collision Saturday evening in the 17000 block of Cumberland Highway in Lurhan Township, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Jennifer R. Moyer, 24, of Chambersburg, was driving a Pontiac Sunfire north at 8:49 p.m. when it drifted over the center line and hit a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Donald E. Piper, 71, of Newburg, Pa.

Moyer, Piper and three unnamed juveniles in Piper's truck were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

Piper was transferred to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Moyer was listed in satisfactory condition Sunday night, according to a nursing supervisor. No information was available on the condition of the juveniles, the supervisor said.

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