Police log for 12-30

December 30, 2003

Man trapped in shed for three hours

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 28-year-old man was trapped under a pile of lumber for several hours Monday evening before he was able to get a hand free to call 911 on his cell phone, a volunteer with the Bedington Fire Department said.

Paramedic Gary Harmison said the man was pinned beneath a pile of 4-by-4 and 2-by-4 lumber, plywood, trim and other building materials that were inside a shed off Trimble Avenue outside Martinsburg. The lumber apparently tumbled off a sawhorse, Harmison said.

Harmison did not have the man's name. He said the man was in the shed for about three hours before he managed to call for help. The man told emergency dispatchers he was inside a shed somewhere near Trimble Avenue. He said he had a white van parked outside.

Using his clues, volunteer firefighters searched the area and spotted a van outside a shed off an unnamed alley, Harmison said.


The shed belonged to the man's boss, Harmison said.

Although the man complained of pain in his knee and shoulder, he did not suffer any obvious serious injuries, Harmison said.

He was taken by ambulance to City Hospital for treatment. His condition could not be confirmed Monday night.

- Candice Bosely

Driver avoids serious injury in Monday crash

A car driven by an 83-year-old Shepherdstown, W.Va., woman appeared to be teetering at the edge of a steep embankment after she drove off the roadway Monday morning, Maryland State Police and emergency workers said.

Dawn E. Beaumont was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The accident occurred just before 10 a.m., and traffic along the road was stopped for about 30 minutes while Beaumont's car was pulled to safety.

Beaumont was heading east on Md. 34/Sharpsburg Pike when her four-door blue Jaguar drifted off the roadway, crossed the lane of oncoming traffic, and drove up a steep embankment about one-half mile east of the Potomac River, Trooper 1st Class Robert Fraley said.

The embankment is near a railroad crossing, and is about 30 feet high and covered with shrubs and small trees. Beaumont's car hit the embankment at a diagonal, and crashed through the brush before lodging in trees at the top of the embankment.

While part of the car was hanging off the embankment, the car had been stabilized by trees and mud, Fraley said.

Fraley said he spoke with Beaumont before she was taken to the hospital and she said she did not know why the accident occurred.

Fraley said he did not issue a citation.

Lt. Allen James of the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. said it looked "kind of like a teeter totter," when he arrived.

- Gregory T. Simmons

PlayStation 2, cash among stolen items

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following crime reports over the holiday weekend:

-- A Sony PlayStation2 game system and a single game were reported stolen from a home in the 18400 block of Rose Glow Avenue. The items were valued at $100.

-- Reported Friday morning, the Hancock Citgo service station, 179 W. Main St., was broken into. A money bag containing cash and checks was taken.

-- Reported Thursday morning, someone broke into USA Transmissions, 18501 Maugans Ave. Two rear doors were damaged and $50 in cash was taken.

-- Three windows valued at $700 were reported broken Sunday morning at Boonsboro High School.

-- On Sunday, a 1997 Nissan Maxima parked at 19254 Jamestown Drive reportedly was vandalized. The windshield, rear window and tail lights were broken, causing an estimated $1,300 in damage.

W.Va. man remains in critical condition

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A 38-year-old Hedgesville man remained in critical condition Monday night after he lost control of his vehicle and it struck a car on Back Creek Valley Road Saturday night, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said.

Mark Morris, address unavailable, was traveling north on Back Creek Valley Road about two miles south of W.Va. 9 west when his passenger-side wheels went off the road, said Sgt. C.C. Morton.

When Morris corrected his vehicle, it went into the southbound lane, striking a 1979 F-150 pickup truck being driven by Roger W. Collis, 37, of Hedgesville, Morton said.

Morris was listed in critical condition Monday night at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Pa. man injured when van hits tree

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man was injured Sunday when the van in which he was riding struck a tree off Woods Road in Southampton Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Charles Hintermyer II, 45, was not wearing a seat belt in the 5:59 p.m. accident, police said. He was treated for minor injuries at Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

Police said Rondell Adams, 32, of Chambersburg told them he was driving the 1993 Ford van west when he swerved off the road to avoid an eastbound vehicle.

Lawnmower, tools stolen from Pa. home

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary that took place during the past two weeks at a home in the 3100 block of Keller Road.

A lawnmower, entertainment system, power drill and other tools were stolen from the home between Dec. 14 and Sunday, police said.

Snowman stolen

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 5-foot-tall snowman lawn ornament was stolen from the yard of an Antrim Township, Pa., woman last week, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the wooden snowman was taken from the yard of Mary Sucik of 2886 E. Weaver Road between Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas.

QUINCY, Pa. - A Quincy Township home was struck by a bullet between Dec. 14 and Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said a piece of bullet struck the front pane of double pane window on the second floor at the home of Kevin Leabhart of 9231 Anthony Highway.

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