Police log

November 30, 2003

Sick teen rescued on Appalachian Trail

BOONSBORO - Rescuers walked nearly two miles into a remote section of the Appalachian Trail Saturday to locate and transport an ailing teenage girl to safety after she became ill and had to spend the night along the trail with a companion.

The unidentified 16-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, rescuers said. She had no injuries.

Dispatcher Keith Bowen of Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications said the call for help came in to them secondhand around 11:30 a.m. Saturday from Montgomery County after the girl first called her mother on a cell phone to report her illness.

The mother then called 911 but got Montgomery County officials who then alerted personnel in Washington County, Bowen said.

"It turns out the girl was just about halfway between the two access points to the trail in that area," Bowen said. Boonsboro Fire and Ambulance personnel responded to the Reno Monument Road end and hiked in along with Potomac Valley rescuers who have an ATV for such calls.


Also responding were units from Middletown and Station 8 near Rohrersville.

When they reached the girl, she was placed in a Stokes basket - a special secure stretcher for mountain rescues - for the hike out to the Gathland State Park access to the trail.

"They went out that way because it is downhill," Bowen said. The units were radioed to come around to meet the rescuers when they arrived.

Cars collide on slick road; no one hurt

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - No one was hurt Friday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Pine Stump Road near Railroad Road in Greene Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Blamed on the wet roads, the 10:26 a.m. accident occurred when a 1990 Ford F-150 driven by Justin L. Hollenshead, 17, of Chambersburg, slid on a curve and struck a 1992 Saturn driven by Ray Anthony Brown, 37, also of Chambersburg, police said.

Mindy Lynn Dice, 15, of Shippensburg, Pa., was a passenger in the pickup, police said.

None of the occupants was wearing seat belts, police said.

Cops say shoplifter pulled gun on officer

HALFWAY - A man trying to steal a shopping cart loaded with tools from Sears pulled a handgun on a security officer Friday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The gunman abandoned the loot and fled the Valley Mall store about 7 p.m., police said.

Sears security officers had confronted the man as he pushed the shopping cart filled with Craftsman tools out a north exit without paying, police said.

After being threatened with the gun, the security officers backed off and allowed him to leave, police said.

The man left in an older model blue four-door vehicle, possibly with Pennsylvania tags, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 240-313-2100.

Man grabs money from Sheetz register

Police were looking for a man who grabbed cash from a Sheetz store cash register and ran Friday night.

Washington County Sheriff's Department said the man came into the Maugans Avenue convenience store about 10:30 p.m. and tried to buy something. When the clerk was making change, he grabbed an undisclosed amount of money and ran, police said.

The man left in a small passenger car last seen westbound on Maugans Avenue, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 240-313-2100.

Hancock business is victim of break-in

HANCOCK - A Thanksgiving break-in was reported at the Log Cabin Inn near Hancock, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Liquor, beer and cash were taken during the break-in, which occurred sometime between Wednesday and Friday, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 240-313-2100.

Three accidents result in injuries

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police investigated three accidents that resulted in minor injuries in Franklin County on Friday.

At 10:30 a.m., Gerald Wagaman, 59, of South Mountain, Pa., lost control of his 2000 Nissan Frontier on Old Forge Road and hit a tree, police said.

At 1:20 p.m., Tasha Lynch and David Noel of Shippensburg, Pa., were in a vehicle that crashed into a pole on Mount Pleasant Road in Greene Township, police said.

At 2:55 p.m., Ryan Mummert of Greencastle, Pa., was driving west on Pa. 16 in Antrim Township when his 2003 Honda Civic went into a ditch, police said. Mummert had fallen asleep at the wheel, police said.

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