Police log

February 02, 2004

Driver charged after crashing on interstate

INWOOD, W.Va. - Police responding to a car crash on Interstate 81 early Sunday found a car perilously balanced on a concrete wall on a bridge.

The accident occurred about 2 a.m. when the driver of the car hit a snow bank then slid about 80 feet along a guardrail, Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy G.W. Bradshaw said.

The 1991 Mercury Sable then went across the two southbound lanes, struck the end of another guardrail, flew through some trees and landed on a concrete wall, Bradshaw said.

The concrete wall was along an overpass which allows Henshaw Road to run under the interstate.

The car was balanced on the concrete wall, which was about 30 feet in the air above Henshaw Road.

"I don't know how it didn't fall. I could have pushed it over," Bradshaw said.

The driver of the car, Gary Allen Ludwig, 44, of 128 Millwood Drive, Winchester, Va., was able to climb out of the car to safety, Bradshaw said.


Ludwig, who was treated at City Hospital, was charged with DUI, DUI greater than .10 and failure to maintain control, Bradshaw said.

Fire destroys house near Myersville, Md.

MYERSVLLE, Md. - A fire on Saturday destroyed a wood-frame, ranch-style house near Myersville, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said Sunday.

The fire, which started at 1:43 p.m., caused an estimated $300,000 damage to the house owned by Paula Brown, according to a news release issued by the marshal's office.

Nobody was injured in the fire, the release said.

A fire marshal's investigation found that the fire began in the basement rented by Amy Cahalane, the release said.

Further investigation found that a child playing with a lighter ignited bedding in the basement area, the office said.

A smoke alarm in the unit activated, alerting residents of the fire, allowing them to escape safely, the office said.

The American Red Cross is assisting the residents, according to the release.

Man shot in Pa. tavern refuses treatment

Local police on Sunday were investigating a shooting at a Chambersburg, Pa. tavern, Hagerstown Police said in a news release.

At about 1 a.m. Sunday, Hagerstown police were notified of a shooting victim in the Washington County Hospital emergency room.

The victim, Volsant Toussaint of Vero Beach, Fla., had been shot in the calf of his right leg, police said.

Police talked to two friends of the victim, who had dropped him off, as they tried to leave the hospital, police said.

"The victim told officers he had been shot by an unknown assailant at an unknown location," the news release said. The friends told the police the shooting happened in Chambersburg, police said.

During a joint investigation with the Chambersburg Police Department, police determined the victim had shot himself with his own weapon at a Chambersburg tavern, Hagerstown police said.

Toussaint refused treatment for his injury and left the hospital, police said.

Items stolen from Pa. storage unit

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of nearly $5,000 in belongings last month from a storage unit rented by a Waynesboro, Pa., woman.

Police said the theft took place between Jan. 2 and Thursday at Econo Storage, 1514 Black Gap Road. Four boxes containing Chinaware, sterling silver utensils, drinking glasses and pottery were stolen from a shed rented by Angela L. Johnston.

Police said other items belonging to Johnston were untouched. Anyone with information can call police at 717-264-5161.

Six hurt in crash on Black Gap Road

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Six people had minor injuries Saturday afternoon in a collision on Black Gap Road in Greene Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the accident happened at 4:35 p.m. when a 1991 Chevy Astro driven by Casey C. Sweigart, 17, of Newville, Pa., hit ice along the side of the southbound lane and went into the northbound lane. The van struck a vehicle driven by Kevin J. Cahill, 39, of Johnstown, Pa.

Three teenage passengers in the vehicle Sweigart was driving were injured, police said. Cahill and passengers Roberta A. Dempsey, 40, of Gettysburg, Pa., and Daryl Roberts, 49, of Johnstown, were hurt, police said.

The accident closed Black Gap Road for about an hour, police said.

Fannettsburg woman injured

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. - A Fannettsburg woman had minor injuries Saturday morning when she lost control of her car on ice, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Mary Wantz, 67, was driving north on Path Valley Road at 9 a.m. when the 1988 Buick Regal ran off the road and hit a utility pole, police said.

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