Police briefs

July 08, 2004

Firefighters bypass valve on oxygen tank

Firefighters worked for nearly an hour to bypass a valve on a large oxygen tank at Washington County Hospital after it was reportedly leaking Wednesday evening, Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Brian Pile said.

Pile said the faulty valve was bypassed after a "freak accident" caused it to stop working at about 9:20 p.m. Pile said functions were diverted to another release valve on the tank.

Pile said the leak posed little danger to people in the area.

Woman hanging from sign doesn't jump

STATE LINE, Pa. - A woman spotted hanging from the "Welcome to Pennsylvania" sign on a bridge over Interstate 81 Wednesday afternoon was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police, according to a Franklin County Emergency Services 911 Center supervisor.

The center received a call reporting a woman on the Mason-Dixon Road overpass in Antrim Township at 1:19 p.m., said Denny Clopper, a shift supervisor working Wednesday night. The woman did not jump and was taken into custody at 1:24 p.m., Clopper said.


Clopper said the call was classified as a "mental distress" incident.

Dispatch records indicated traffic was backed up on interstate 81, but did not indicate whether the northbound or southbound lane was affected, Clopper said.

Pennsylvania State Police had not filed a press release on the incident by Wednesday night. An officer with the Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. said the company responded to the scene, but he could not comment on the incident because it was a state police matter.

Car, Harley-Davidson collide on U.S. 11

A Chevrolet Corsica and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 11 in Halfway, sending two men to Washington County Hospital.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class George Fockler said that the 12:28 p.m. collision occurred when the Corsica, driven by Michael A. Parks, was turning left from the southbound lane of U.S. 11 into the parking lot of Family Skating Center and the motorcycle, driven by Devin Burington, was traveling north on U.S. 11 in front of the skating rink.

He said that Parks, 23, of 309 E. Ridge Drive, in Hagerstown, was charged with failure to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left hand turn.

Parks was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Burington, 37, of 653 Chaplegate Drive in Odenton, Md., was listed in fair condition at the hospital Wednesday night, the spokeswoman said.

Nick Dattilio, assistant chief of the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, said Burington was thrown off the motorcycle.

Dattilio said that in addition to police and his fire department, Funkstown Rescue Squad 10 responded to the scene.

Man found at betting parlor electrocuted

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Harrisburg, Pa., man found dead Tuesday morning inside Penn National Off-Track Wagering, 393 Bedington Blvd. was electrocuted, Franklin County's coroner said Wednesday.

"The man apparently touched a capacitor that contained 273 volts," Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Wednesday of Rodney Lee Weight, 42, of 1161 Loop Drive. Weight was working on an air-conditioning unit above the ceiling in the bar area, Conner said.

Conner said the unit was not shut down at the time Weight, an employee of H.B. McClure Co. of Harrisburg, was doing routine maintenance on the air-conditioner.

A capacitor is used for storing an electrical charge.

Weight was found lying at the foot of a ladder and a call was made to the county 911 center at 10:36 a.m. He was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital at 11:15 a.m., Conner said.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa.

Man charged with DUI after wrecking pickup

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with driving under the influence and several other offenses after wrecking a pickup truck in a race with another vehicle Monday morning, borough police alleged.

Police said Michael D. Miller, 23, of 5135 Burkholder Road, also was charged with racing on highways, careless driving and accidents involving unattended property in the 7:09 a.m. crash.

According to police, Miller was racing another vehicle on the 400 block of Lincoln Way West when he lost control of the westbound 2004 Dodge Ram 2500, spun 180 degrees and jumped the curb, striking a speed limit sign.

Miller then drove the wrong way on Lincoln Way West and turned onto Glen Street, police said. He and a passenger got out of the vehicle and were later found in a residence on West King Street, police said.

The truck was later found on Bishop Avenue with heavy damage to the front end and flat tires on the driver's side, police said.

Miller had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for intoxication in Pennsylvania, police said.

City police looking for man in shooting

The Hagerstown Police Department was seeking the public's help in finding a man believed to be involved in a May 28 robbery and shooting in a downtown alley.

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