Police log

January 07, 2004

I-70 accident causes traffic delays

HANCOCK - A multivehicle accident caused delays on westbound Interstate 70 near Hancock Tuesday morning, Maryland State Police said.

A vehicle became disabled, and the driver left it on a ramp near the Tonoloway Creek bridge, where it was struck by another vehicle at about 6:45 a.m., 1st Sgt. Mike Hegedus said.

Hegedus said he did not know how many vehicles were involved, but a tractor-trailer was among them.

Hegedus said both westbound lanes of I-70 were closed as a result of the accident. No injuries were reported.

Cpl. T.J. McKenrick said no additional information on the crash was available Tuesday evening because a report on the incident had not been completed.

Woman injured during robbery

A 58-year-old woman suffered a dislocated shoulder, among other injuries, when she was robbed outside the Wal-Mart at the Centre at Hagerstown Tuesday evening, Hagerstown Police Department officers said.


Police said the woman, who was not identified, left the store at about 5:44 p.m. and was pushed to the ground by a man who took her purse.

The woman suffered a dislocated left shoulder with a fracture at the joint and her forehead was scraped, police said.

Police did not release a detailed description of the assailant or the amount of money in the purse that was taken Tuesday evening.

Police are asking anyone who was in the Wal-Mart parking lot at the time of the incident to call 301-790-3700, ext. 234. Police also are encouraging people who were in a nearby pickup truck and helped the woman to contact investigators.

Vehicle break-ins reported to deputies

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

  • Cash and medication were reported taken Monday from an Oldsmobile van parked at 17120 Cole Road. The missing medications were listed as Prozac, Wellbutrin, Prevacid, Tylox, Motrin, codeine and nitroglycerine tablets.

  • Reported just after midnight Tuesday, a vehicle parked at 30 Stanford Road was found vandalized. One tire valued at $100 was slashed.

Guns, electronics stolen from Pa. hom

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Police were investigating a Monday report of a theft at a woman's home in the 3500 block of McKees Gap Road. Firearms, electronics and jewelry reportedly were taken, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The estimated value of the stolen items was $8,725, police said.

Among the items taken were a Jennings .25-caliber pistol, a Stevens .22-caliber rifle, a 43-inch flat-screen Samsung television, a Panasonic video camera, an Olympus digital camera and a CTX computer.

Pa. man charged with simple assault

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A Southampton Township man was charged with simple assault and harassment after allegedly head-butting his wife Monday afternoon, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said David H. Stephens of 309 Fayette St. was charged in the 2:45 p.m. incident. Cindy Stephens received a cut to the bridge of her nose in the altercation.

Man charged with assaulting wife

ROXBURY, Pa. - A Lurgan Township man was charged with simple assault and making terroristic threats in connection with an alleged assault on his wife Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said Brenton Bailey, 30, of 11075 Roxbury Road, was arraigned before District Justice David Hawbaker after the 4 p.m. incident. Police said Kathy Bailey, 25, was punched in the head and mouth several times.

Case of identity theft under investigation

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a case of identity theft in which information about a Massachusetts man was used to fraudulently purchase $3,223 in merchandise last month at some Chambersburg Mall stores.

Police said the date of birth, Social Security number, driver's license and prior address of a 37-year-old Waltham, Mass., man was used to get store credit between Dec. 12 and 15 at The Bon Ton, J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Radio Shack and Zales Jewelers. The man once lived in Doylestown, Pa., police said.

Anyone with information can call Trooper Randy Kane at 717-264-5161.

August party leads to charges

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged three adults and four juveniles with offenses including furnishing alcohol to minors and criminal mischief in connection with an underage drinking party at a Peters Township home in August.

Police said the residents of the home returned from a short trip on Aug. 21 to find items in their home damaged, displaced or missing.

Natasha Dunn, 21, of Mercersburg, and two 17-year-old males were charged with furnishing alcohol to minors, police said. Police allege a keg of beer was purchased with money from the teenagers, who then took it to the house on the 15000 block of Lincoln Way West.

Douglas Dofflemyer Jr., 18, of Mercersburg, was charged with criminal mischief in connection with milk and cereal thrown on the outside of the house. Two other 17-year-old boys were charged with criminal mischief for allegedly urinating in a hot tub, police said.

Andrew Ryder, 21, of St. Thomas, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Police alleged that involved driving a Porsche without the owner's permission.

Break-ins reported at two Pa. churches

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating break-ins at two area churches.

Between Dec. 28 and Sunday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 50 Ragged Edge Road was broken into through a window, police said. Items were damaged, but nothing was reported missing.

Grace Brethren Church at 315 Edwards Ave. was broken into through a rear window between Thursday and Saturday, police said. An undetermined amount of cash was stolen from several offices, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglaries can call police at 717-264-5161.

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