Police log

September 28, 2003

Series of collisions close interstate

Three people were injured Saturday when a tour bus crashed into the back of a sport-utility vehicle on Interstate 70, setting off a series of rear-end collisions, police said.

The accident happened around 12:25 p.m. in the westbound lanes near the 36-mile marker, where traffic was stopped because of a fuel spill, said Trooper R. Coccodrillo, the Maryland State Police officer who investigated the accident.

It began when the Travelers Tours bus, driven by Pamela Dixon of Baltimore, could not stop in time, police said. She rear-ended a 2002 GMC Yukon, which then hit a 2003 Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi collided with a 2002 Ford pickup.

Two people from the Mitsubishi and one person on the bus were taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment. Their names and conditions were not available.


The interstate was closed for more than an hour.

Police charged Dixon with negligent driving.

Man accused of stabbing another man

Police charged a Hagers-town man with assault and reckless endangerment Saturday after another man was cut with a knife during an argument, police said.

Kevin Lloyd Dickens, 35, whose address was listed as The Dagmar hotel, is accused of stabbing David Michael Brown, 36, around 6 a.m.

The incident occurred at the hotel, where Brown also lives, police said.

Brown's face was cut, said Hagerstown Police Department officers Tom Bartles and Jesse Duffey, who handled the case.

Dickens was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $125,000 bail.

Man accused of breaking window

A Hagerstown man accused of breaking a window in his ex-girlfriend's home and going inside - despite previous orders by police not to do so - was charged Saturday.

Police charged Robert Eugene Socks, 38, of 70 Madison Ave., with malicious destruction of property, fourth-degree burglary and trespassing.

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Department first responded to the Clinton Avenue home of Sock's ex-girlfriend around 1:40 a.m. Saturday because Socks was allegedly outside causing a disturbance. Deputies told Socks not to go to the home again, but he returned four hours later, police allege.

He was taken into custody after officers found him a short time later at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway.

Socks was released from the Washington County Detention Center after posting bond, a spokeswoman said.

Women charged with drug possession

FREDERICK, Md. - Officers with the Frederick Police Department seized $3,500 worth of drugs and a car and charged two people with drug-related offenses after an undercover operation Friday night.

Jamie Ryan Demeza, 25, of Heather Ridge Drive in Frederick, and Kiana Chantal Jones, 23, of Key Parkway in Frederick, were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy.

The women were taken into custody after police searched their car, which had just left the 1000 block of Heather Ridge Drive. Officers found $1,500 worth of suspected powdered cocaine, $1,900 worth of suspected crack cocaine and $100 worth of suspected marijuana, police said.

Undercover officers with the Drug Enforcement Unit investigated the case.

Both women were released Friday night from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, a spokesman there said.

Pa. woman charged with stealing tank top

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman was charged Friday with stealing a $10 tank top from Deb Shop at Chambersburg Mall.

Lindsey Catherine Peters, 19, was detained by a store employee until Pennsylvania State Police arrived, police said.

Woman hurt after car hits sign, pole

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Mercersburg, Pa., woman swerved to avoid hitting another car Tuesday, went off the road and hit a traffic sign and a utility pole, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Debbie R. Keck, 48, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital with neck and back pain. A hospital spokeswoman said Friday that Keck was treated in the emergency room, then left.

Police said Keck was driving a 2002 Kia Spectra east on Pa. 16. Charles A. Deshong, 18, of Mercersburg, Pa., who was traveling west on Pa. 16, made a left turn onto Pa. 416 in front of Keck, causing her to swerve off the road, police said.

Keck's car had minor damage. Deshong's car was not damaged.

Man faces DUI charges after chase

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Thirteen days after he was released from Franklin County Prison, a Chambersburg man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

As Roger Lee Barnett, 30, tried to illegally pass a vehicle on Pa. 30 Thursday, a trooper tried to stop him, police said. Barnett continued driving west as fast as 90 mph, police alleged.

State troopers from the McConnellsburg barrack used "stop sticks" on the road to puncture the driver's side front tire on Barnett's 1996 Honda Civic. He kept driving, but slower, police said.

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