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Police log

January 09, 2004

Pickup truck rolls into Potomac River, sinks


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A pickup truck drifted into the Potomac River off Princess Street Thursday morning as a Shepherdstown water department employee was working at the plant, police said.

Water plant employee William Myers parked his truck near a boat ramp at the river's edge at about 9:45 a.m. to inspect a water intake mechanism, said Shepherdstown Police Chief Charles Cole.

The truck drifted into the river, went about 100 yards out and floated a short distance down the river before sinking, Cole said.

The Jefferson County Dive Team attempted to retrieve the truck later in the day, Cole said.

Myers had the truck in park and assumed the vehicle jumped out of gear, Cole said.

No additional information was available Thursday night.




Contractor injured in fall from roof


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A self-employed contractor suffered a serious head injury when he fell from a roof of a house at 116 N. Church St. Thursday, an ambulance official said.

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It was believed the man fell from the roof, but no one saw the accident, said Doug Pittinger, ambulance chief for the Shepherdstown Fire Department. Someone eventually noticed the unconscious man laying on the pavement next to the house, Pittinger said.

The man, a 48-year-old Frederick, Md., resident, was flown to Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, Pittinger said.

The man's condition could not be determined Thursday.




Hand tools, siding reported stolen


Hand tools worth $3,000 and siding were reported stolen Wednesday to the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Sgt. Mark Knight said Thursday.

The tools, engraved with RLR, were reported stolen at 2 p.m. from the 12000 block of Hopewell Road west of Hagerstown, Knight said.

Siding and accessories worth $2,500 were reported stolen at 9:30 a.m. from a construction site in the 19500 block of Carrie Court off Alt. U.S. 40 south of Hagerstown.




Four injured in crash on Interstate 70


MYERSVILLE, Md. - Four motorists were taken to Washington County Hospital following a two-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 70, near the rest stop, Maryland State Police Trooper Steve Boswell said.

Boswell, of the Frederick, Md., barrack, said a Chevrolet van being driven by Allen McMullen, 33, of Riverdale, Md. struck the back of a Jeep Cherokee, being driven by Phillip Deardorff, 23, of Hagerstown. The passenger in the Cherokee, Denyse Cramer, 23, of Hagerstown, had to be freed from the vehicle, Boswell said.

All three and a fourth passenger, whose name was not available Thursday evening, were taken to Washington County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Boswell said.

A hospital spokeswoman was they were treated and released Thursday.

Boswell said McMullen was charged with following too closely.




Juvenile charged with filing a false report


A juvenile was charged with filing a false report after he told Hagerstown Police Department officers that two men attempted to rob him in Doub Park, police allege.

The juvenile, who was not identified, told police the incident happened at 9:06 a.m., and that one of the men had a knife, police said. He also said he ran from the assailants to the South End Shopping Center and then back to his home, police said.

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