Police briefs

July 10, 2004

Five people injured in three-vehicle crash

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Five passengers received minor injuries Thursday in a three-vehicle accident in Ayr Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

A Dodge Caravan collided with a dump truck around 1 p.m. on Thursday on U.S. 522 south of Union Church Road, police said.

The Caravan's driver, Joan Lacy, 38, of Warfordsburg, Pa., hit the brakes to avoid hitting a Ford Escort coming toward her minivan and the minivan slid across the road in front of the dump truck, police said.

The Escort was trying to pass the dump truck and ended up in the minivan's path, police said. The Escort's driver, Philip Walker III, 23, of Exton, Pa., swerved the Escort off the road to avoid impact.


Walker, Lacy and three children in Lacy's minivan received minor injuries, police said. Some of the injured were taken to Fulton County Medical Center.

A hospital spokeswoman said Friday night there were no patients from accidents in the hospital.

The dump truck was driven by Thomas Ives, 51, of St. Thomas, Pa., police said. Police said Ives was not injured.

Md. man injured when truck crashes

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Baltimore County, Md., man received a minor injury Thursday after the pickup truck he was driving hit a guardrail and went into a field, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Stanley Lane Romeka, 53, of Monkton, Md., was driving west on Pa. 484, west of U.S. 522, shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday when the accident occurred, according to a press release from the state police's McConnellsburg barracks.

Police said the driver lost control of the 1985 Nissan pickup when he was looking at something in the truck.

No further information was available.

Frederick man faces charges in burglary

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man faces several charges in connection with the burglary of a Frederick home, according to a press release from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas C. Waters, 19, was charged with malicious destruction of property and two counts each of breaking and entering with intent to commit theft and theft with a value of more than $500, police said.

Several firearms worth $1,300 and jewelry valued at $2,000 were stolen from the home in the 6900 block of Clifton Road during the Fourth of July weekend, police said.

The firearms were recovered, but the jewelry had not been as of Thursday, police said.

Waters was released Thursday on $55,000 bond from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, according to a detention center official.

Man faces sex assault charges

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A man faces two charges after a local cleaning woman alleged that she was attacked while working in a Mercersburg home Thursday, Mercersburg police said.

Barry Douglas Briggs, 42, of no fixed address, was charged with criminal attempt rape and indecent assault, police said.

Briggs was doing ground work at the residence where the victim was working, police said.

Briggs approached the woman while she was working in the kitchen, grabbed her, forced her to the floor, ripped off her shirt and began to fondle her, police alleged.

The woman screamed, fought off the assailant and managed to break free, police said. She ran to a nearby business for help.

Briggs is being held on $20,000 bond at Franklin County Prison.

Autopsy scheduled in death of infant

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the death of a 6-week-old boy at his Union Township home Friday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Isaiah Floyd Edward Smith was pronounced dead at 11:35 a.m. at his 2108 Fairview Road home west of Warfordsburg by Fulton County Coroner Daryl Heckman, according to police and a press release from the McConnellsburg barracks of the state police.

An autopsy was scheduled for today at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa., to determine the cause of death, police said.

No further information was available Friday.

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