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Police briefs

October 08, 2004

Shooting reported on Locust Street


One woman was injured during a reported shooting in the 300 block of North Locust Street late Thursday, Hagerstown Police Department officers said.

Sgt. Steve Bussard said the shooting was reported just after 11 p.m. He said initial reports indicated a woman was shot in the head, but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

Lt. Richard Reynolds said he was unable to confirm or deny that the injured woman was shot in the head.

"We're still investigating the circumstances at this time and cannot release anything that could jeopardize the investigation," Reynolds said.

He said the woman was at Washington County Hospital shortly after midnight today.

At about 11:45 p.m., a man and a woman were led out of 321 N. Locust St. in handcuffs and taken into separate squad cars. Less than 10 minutes later, two men were taken in handcuffs to a third police cruiser.

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While officers interviewed area witnesses, police cruisers patrolled nearby alleys. Witnesses said a woman who appeared to have been injured ran from 321 N. Locust St. shortly after they heard a shot fired. Witnesses said she ran into a nearby alley.

- Brian Shappell

Pa. man charged with attempted murder


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro man was being held in Franklin County Prison on $50,000 bond Thursday after being charged with shooting into another man's vehicle early Thursday, according to court records in District Justice Larry Pentz's office.

Gordon Eugene Blubaugh, 43, of 121 Cumberland Valley Ave., was charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment and one count of accidents involving damage to an occupied vehicle, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

A preliminary hearing for Blubaugh is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Central Court in Chambersburg, Pa.

According to court records, the incident began at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday when Jeremy Mitchell Eyer, 22, of 5 Larch St., Mont Alto, Pa., was stopped for a red light on West Main Street at the intersection with South Potomac Street.

Blubaugh pulled up alongside in his van and as Eyer started across the intersection, Blubaugh swerved into Eyer's Toyota pickup truck, hitting the left front fender, court records allege.

Blubaugh drove west on West Main, turned into Cumberland Valley Avenue and stopped with Eyer behind him. Blubaugh put his van in reverse and backed into Eyer's pickup, causing Eyer to strike and crack the windshield with his head, court records allege.

Blubaugh then drove to his house, parked and went inside. Eyer stopped in front of the residence.

According to allegations in court records, Blubaugh went to a front upstairs room, pointed a rifle with a scope out of a window and fired a shot into Eyer's truck.

Eyer then drove to his parents home on West North Street where his mother called police, court records said.

When police arrived at Blubaugh's residence they said they found him to be "visibly intoxicated." He told police he had no memory of the incident.

Police looking for man after morning chase


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An arrest warrant was issued in District Justice Larry Pentz's office for a Fairfield, Pa., man who eluded police from three area departments during a high-speed chase, early Thursday morning.

Rex Allen Stoops, 33, of 1110 Iron Springs Road, escaped on foot in some woods after police forced his car to spin out of control and stop in the yard of a private home, according to the warrant on file in Pentz's office.

Stoops is wanted on charges of fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, careless driving, crossing the center line, driving on a suspended license and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to the warrant.

Washington County Deputy D. Forston began to chase Stoops' maroon Chevrolet Lumina sedan at around 1 a.m. in the eastern part of the county, records state. Forston lost contact with him when his cruiser hit a pole, a department spokesman said. Forston suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Washington Township police, alerted about Stoops, spotted his car at around 3 a.m. and gave chase, but lost it eight minutes later, according to the warrant.

At around 3:15 a.m., two Pennsylvania state troopers began the pursuit south on Pa. 997 near the Penn National Golf Course. The chase entered Bikle Road and reached speeds of 90 mph, the warrant said. The posted speed limit on Bikle Road is 35 mph, the warrant said.

Two other troopers used spike strips to set up a road block on Mont Alto Road . Both tires on the driver's side of the Lumina were flattened by the strips, the warrant said.

Stoops continued to flee, crossed Pa. 997 and nearly hit a house before he tried to back into two troopers who were attempting to capture him, the warrant alleged.

A trooper tried to force Stoops' car to spin out of control but he managed to stay in control, headed into the opposite lane and forced five vehicles off the road, the warrant said. The second attempt to force his car to spin out of control succeeded when the vehicle ended up in a yard on South Nunnery Road, the warrant said.

Stoops fled on foot down a 35-foot embankment and escaped into some woods, the warrant said.

Boy, 3, falls from third-floor window


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A 3-year-old boy fell out of a third-floor window of a house in the Steamboat Run subdivision Thursday afternoon and landed on a driveway, a rescue official said.

The child was flown to a hospital but it was not known which one, said Golda Kiger, a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Shepherdstown Fire Department.

The boy did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, Kiger said.

Steamboat Run is north of Shepherdstown off Shepherd Grade Road.

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