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July 16, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

Six are injured in Fort Ritchie crash

CASCADE - Six people were taken to Tri-State area hospitals Thursday evening after a vehicle crashed into a ditch, a Washington County 911 Center dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said the crash, on Banfill Avenue inside the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base, was reported at 9:24 p.m. He said one person was seriously injured, two were moderately injured and three sustained minor injuries.

All were taken to either Washington County Hospital or Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital, the dispatcher said.

None of their names were released Thursday evening.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department said no additional information on the crash was available late Thursday because investigators were at the scene.

Police hear reports of bogus $100 bills

The Hagerstown Police Department said it has received several reports of counterfeit $100 bills being received by city businesses.


Police are requesting that business owners in Hagers-town carefully inspect all $100 bills.

Detectives George Brandt and Jason Ackerman are leading the investigation into recent reports of counterfeit money transactions, police said.

Any business owners who are suspicious that they have received a counterfeit bill may call investigators at 301-790-3700.

West Antietam Street closed near Prospect

West Antietam Street in Hagerstown will be closed to all traffic on either side of the bridge at South Prospect Street beginning Monday, the City Engineering Department said.

The street will be closed while the underside of the bridge, known as the "Dry Bridge," is cleaned and repainted. Only traffic that needs to get to businesses or alleys on West Antietam Street will be allowed into the work zone, the department said.

The department said one lane may be opened as early as Thursday, though the project is expected to last until Aug. 6.

Man charged with assault of officers

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with three counts of assault on police, fire or emergency personnel Thursday after he allegedly kicked medics and a police officer who pulled him from his wrecked Jeep, according to court records.

Christopher John Berry, 20, of 245 Hensel Ave., also was charged with DUI, underage consumption of alcohol, possession of marijuana, refusal to be fingerprinted and obstructing police. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

Deputy W.D. Christian, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, said Berry wrecked his Jeep at around midnight on Tuscarora Pike.

When Christian arrived, Berry was inside his Jeep, which was on its side. After Berry tried to hit medical personnel, he was handcuffed, records state.

Once he was removed from the Jeep, Berry kicked medics and kicked Christian in the face, records allege. A fellow officer used an electric Taser to subdue Berry, records state.

Berry, who refused medical treatment, kicked Christian's chest while officers were trying to put him in a police car, causing Deputy T.S. Shetley to again use the Taser, records state. Police found a jar of marijuana in Berry's pocket and a smoking device, records state.

While at the sheriff's department, Berry would not sign any paperwork or let officers fingerprint him. He also urinated on the floor of the processing room, police allege.

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