Police log

August 10, 2003

One person killed when car, tractor-trailer collide in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One person was killed early Saturday morning in a collision between a Chevrolet Cavalier and a tractor-trailer in the 24000 block of Path Valley Road in Fannett Township, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

The name of the victim was not available Saturday evening. Trooper Michael R. Dick, the investigating officer, said in a press release that the victim's next of kin had not been notified.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Martin Berger, 60, of Lewistown, Pa., was not injured, police said.

The victim's car had no airbag and no seat belt was worn, police said.

Details of the accident, which occurred around 5 a.m., were not available.

Police: Sex offender made up story about how he lost wallet

A registered sex offender made up a story about being robbed because he lost his wallet while looking in a woman's window, Hagerstown police alleged.


Michael William Cortez Jr., 30, of 1222 Crescent Road, Hagerstown, was charged Friday with one count of making a false statement to a police officer.

Police said Cortez initially reported he was robbed Tuesday at Burhans Boulevard and Cook Street by two men who took $40 in cash and a wallet worth $60. Cortez said he didn't care about the money but wanted the wallet because it contained sentimental photos, police said.

During an interview with Det. Carroll Braun, Cortez changed part of the story, then allegedly confessed that he made up the robbery, police said. Police said Cortez told them he lost his wallet while looking in a window.

Police said Cortez is registered as a sex offender in Maryland. The state sex offender registry says Cortez was convicted of a fourth-degree sex offense.

Alleged meth lab seized; two charged

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force reported Saturday it seized a motor home that served as a methamphetamine lab in the Hagerstown area.

Two Martinsburg, W.Va., residents were charged with possessing methamphetamine, which is an addictive stimulant.

Authorities said they obtained a search warrant to search the 1972 Dodge motor home with Pennsylvania license plates and found it parked at the Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard.

The task force said Robert Henry Hill, 44, of 526 Virginia Ave., Martinsburg, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia for the processing of methamphetamine, possession of controlled paraphernalia (hypodermic syringes), maintaining a common nuisance in a vehicle for the purpose of administering drugs and maintaining a common nuisance in a vehicle for the purpose of manufacturing drugs.

Authorities said they found suspected methamphetamine powder in Hill's wallet.

While Hill was being arrested, his ex-wife, Gail McCormick, arrived in the parking lot with their two children, the task force said. McCormick, 40, of 1006 Virginia Ave., Martinsburg, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia after two bottles containing suspected methamphetamine residue were found in her purse, the task force said.

Woman stabbed; husband charged

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick city police are investigating a nonfatal stabbing that occurred around 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Himes Avenue.

Officers found Connie Mae Mills, 43, outside an apartment building with a stab wound in the upper right thigh. She was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital, police said.

Steven Wayne Mills, 43, of 603 Himes Ave., Apt 106, whom police identified as the victim's husband, was charged with reckless endangerment, assault in the first and second degree, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

Police said there also was an open arrest warrant on Steven Mills for failure to appear.

Police also arrested Connie Mills on outstanding warrants charging her with prostitution, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and failure to appear.

Car, phone, ATV reported stolen

A new car, a cell phone and a all-terrain vehicle were among the items reported stolen Thursday to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The ATV - a 1999 Yamaha Big Bear 4-wheeler - was found abandoned a few days before it was reported missing, Sgt. Mark Knight said.

It was reported stolen Thursday morning from a front yard in the 18000 block of Pleasantville Road. It had been found sitting in the road at Hoffmaster Road and Harpers Ferry Road in the Pleasantville area a few days earlier, police said.

Also reported stolen were:

  • A 2003 Nissan Sentra GXE with Maryland tags KVV974 from Hagerstown Ford at 1714 Massey Blvd. An employee noticed the car was missing on July 15, but it wasn't reported stolen to police until noon Thursday, police said.

  • Maryland dealer tag 1A30131 was reported stolen Thursday afternoon from Hagerstown Ford.

  • A Nokia cell phone was reported stolen Thursday afternoon from Brook Lane Health Services at 13218 Brook Lane Drive.

  • Ten compact discs, two pieces of clothing and a makeup bag were reported stolen Thursday morning from a Ford Escort in the first block of Oaktree Lane.

  • Seventeen 5-gallon cans of paint worth $700 were reported stolen Thursday morning from the 18700 block of Mesa Terrace off Pennsylvania Avenue north of Hagerstown.
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