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Police log

November 05, 2003

Two injured in crash are out of hospital


Both people injured in Monday's crash near Boonsboro involving a school bus and a station wagon have been released from the hospital.

A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said John Anastasi, 40, of 5107 Toyer Road in Keedysville, was released from the hospital Tuesday. Anastasi, the driver of the Volvo station wagon, was flown by helicopter to Washington County Hospital for treatment of injuries to his face, neck, back and leg following the 3:58 p.m. crash on Md. 66/Mapleville Road, state police said.

Washington County Public Schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen said a Boonsboro High School student who suffered a minor neck injury during the accident was treated at Washington County Hospital and released. Mowen said the student attended school Tuesday.

Police said the station wagon and a school bus carrying 19 students and two adults collided head-on, on a narrow straightaway. Police said they believed Anastasi fell asleep at the wheel.

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Police charged Anastasi with negligent driving.




Thefts, vehicle damage reported


The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following crime reports Monday:

  • A red Pacer-brand enclosed cargo trailer was discovered stolen at about 6:45 a.m. from My Home Towne, a woodworking shop at 10226 Governor Lane Boulevard, Williamsport. The trailer was valued at $1,200.

  • Discovered at 8:30 a.m. at Keplinger's Auto Center, 10218 Sharpsburg Pike, glass was broken out of a 1998 Ford van, causing $150 in damage.

  • Discovered at 9 a.m. at Chuck's Auto Body, 12008 Margaret Drive, an $800 stereo was stolen from inside a Honda, and a window was broken out of a BMW, causing $150 in damage.

  • In the afternoon, a large window was shot with a pellet at the Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens group home at 1219 Salem Ave., causing $1,500 in damage.





W.Va. man sentenced on firearms charges


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison last week on charges that he violated firearms statutes in December 2001, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

James E. Orr Jr., 48, was sentenced Oct. 29 in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg to 33 months in prison and two years of supervised probation. He was convicted June 17 of three counts of violating the national firearms act.

Orr was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of an illegally made firearm and receiving a firearm that was shipped to him from out of state.




Public's help sought in solving robberies


Washington County Crime Solvers is seeking help from the public to solve armed robberies of two liquor stores in Hagerstown.

Maryland State Police were called at about 10:18 p.m. Sept. 13 to Old Orchard Liquors, 17619 Virginia Ave., where an armed robbery had just occurred.

Witnesses there said a black man, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, entered the store. The man's face was concealed, witnesses said. He ordered everyone in the store onto the floor and stole money from the cash register, witnesses said.

On Sept. 18, witnesses at Hub City Liquors at 1013 Maryland Ave. told Hagerstown City Police officers that a man entered the store at about 7:12 p.m. He showed a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

Witnesses described the robber as a black man, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a "do-rag" on his head and a "do-rag" covering his face. He also wore black gloves and dark pants.

Anyone with information about the crimes can call Washington County Crime Solvers. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an indictment.

Police said those with information also can call the respective police departments. Hagerstown City Police Detective Tammy Jurado can be reached at 301-791-3700, ext. 245. Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class T.E. McDonough can be reached at 301-739-2101.

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