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Police log

February 09, 2004

Hedgesville home destroyed by fire


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A house on Leon Ford Road was destroyed by fire about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a fire official said.

When firefighters arrived at the home, the fire had already broken through the roof and smoke was pouring out the front door, said Adam Hess, a member of the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the fire under control, Hess said.

No one was at home when the fire started, and the home- owner showed up shortly after firefighters arrived, Hess said.

Hess did not have the owner's name available Sunday.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Hess said he believed the home was a double-wide type house. The loss was estimated to be about $110,000, Hess said.

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Leon Ford Road is off Cannon Hill Road.




Boonsboro man faces DUI, other charges


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Boonsboro man is facing charges of driving under the influence and receiving stolen property as a result of an accident early Saturday on Interstate 81, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the crash happened at 2:12 a.m. just north of Exit 5 when a 1999 Plymouth Voyager driven by Eugene Griffith Jr., 26, address unavailable, struck the rear of a northbound vehicle driven by Valerie Stewart, 36, of Charlottesville, Va.

Griffith was treated for minor injuries at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital. The van he was driving had been reported stolen in Smithsburg, police said.




Cars abandoned after morning crashes


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating two Saturday morning accidents, after which cars were left abandoned.

Police said a 1996 Nissan Maxima struck a snowbank on Orrstown Road in Southampton Township, rolled onto its roof and came to rest in a field. The accident was reported shortly after 2 a.m.

About an hour later, a 1991 Subaru Legacy was found on its roof in a field off Pa. 316 near Stone Quarry Road, police said.




Pa. man charged following collision


SCOTLAND, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man was charged with driving under the influence following a two-vehicle accident Friday night at the intersection of Pa. 997 and Pa. 696 in Greene Township.

Police said Jeffrey Stevens, 30, address unavailable, was driving a Chevy pickup south on Pa. 997 at 8:45 p.m. when he turned into the path of a northbound Dodge Ram driven by Willie Bibbs, 21, of Chambersburg, Pa.

Police said Stevens, who was charged with DUI, and a passenger left the scene before police arrived, but Stevens was later arrested at another man's home on Wright Road in the Fayetteville area.

Stevens' passenger, Thomas Forrester, 34, of Chambersburg, had minor injuries, as did Bibbs, according to police.




Cash stolen from purse in craft store


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A pocketbook containing $200 was stolen from a purse in a shopping cart Saturday at Jo Ann Fabrics & Crafts, 1678 Lincoln Way East, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the pocketbook, belonging to Teresa L. Silver, 55, of Chambersburg, was taken between 10 and 11:30 a.m.




Driver's condition is downgraded


The condition of a New York man injured in an Interstate 70 crash has returned to critical, a Washington County official said.

On Wednesday a hospital spokeswoman said Dwyer E. Conklin, 21, of East Syracuse, N.Y., was in serious condition. He had been listed in critical condition since being admitted on Jan. 26.

But on Sunday a hospital official said Conklin was back in critical condition.

Conklin was injured in an 11 a.m. crash on Jan. 26 on I-70 near the Interstate 81 interchange.

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