Police briefs

October 29, 2004

Police investigating shooting in Pa.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a report of a shooting on Possum Hollow Road near the Shippensburg fairgrounds Thursday night.

Police provided no details of the incident, but it was learned that Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner was called to the scene.

An ambulance was dispatched from the Shippensburg area, but a spokeswoman at headquarters said it had returned and put back in service.

Further details were not available at press time.

Woman reports rape in Frederick apartment

FREDERICK, Md. - A woman reported that she was raped inside a North Market Street apartment early Monday, the Frederick Police Department said.


Police said the victim originally was approached by the man, about 2 a.m., outside her apartment in the 100 block of North Market Street. She said the man then raped her inside the apartment.

Police ask that anyone with information on the incident or anyone who was in the 100 to 300 blocks of North Market Street between midnight and 2 a.m. call 301-644-4151.

Burn victim remains in critical condition

A 78-year-old woman remained in a Baltimore burn center Thursday, nearly one week after a fire on Mercersburg Road, north of Clear Spring.

Fern Eichelberger was listed in critical condition Thursday evening at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a medical center spokeswoman said. On Wednesday, a spokeswoman said Eichelberger's condition had been upgraded to serious condition.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said Eichelberger had to be flown to the facility after she sustained second- and third-degree burns in a Friday fire.

Her husband, Richard Eichelberger, 66, was treated at Washington County Hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. firefighters pulled the Eichelbergers from their house at 14323 Mercersburg Road, which was on fire when crews arrived at about 10 p.m., according to Charles Mundey, Clear Spring's fire chief.

More than 60 firefighters from Clear Spring, Maugansville and Williamsport, and Washington County's air and rehabilitation units responded, the fire marshal's office said.

Worker injured in fall at construction site

The Hagerstown Police Department said a 34-year-old man was hospitalized following a fall at a construction site Thursday.

Police said it was reported about 1:46 p.m. that a man lost his balance and fell about 8 feet from a scaffold. The man was performing work on a new development behind the Centre at Hagerstown on Garland Groh Boulevard at the time of the incident, police said.

Police did not release the man's identity Thursday and said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Pa. man hurt when his car hits deer

WILLOW HILL, Pa. - A Willow Hill man was injured in a one-vehicle accident involving a severed deer head Wednesday morning on Pa. 75 near the Cowans Gap Road intersection, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

James Varner, 19, was driving a 1995 Kia Sephia south at 5:52 a.m. when the deer ran into the road and collided with Varner's vehicle, police said. The animal was decapitated and the head went into the passenger compartment, police said.

Varner lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail. He had minor injuries, police said.

Jefferson County men face drug charges

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Jefferson County men face drug charges after police found suspected cocaine and marijuana in a truck in which the men were riding Tuesday night, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Benjamin Ashby Dyke, 22, of 101 Hidden Valley Cove, Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Jason Caleb Haymaker, 21, of 1011 Stafford Lane, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., each were charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine, the release states.

Deputy Robert Sell was along W.Va. 480 north of Kearneysville, W.Va., at 11:30 p.m. when he observed a red 2001 Ford pickup truck traveling 52 mph in a 35 mph zone, the release states.

After stopping the truck near Rock Hall Drive and searching it, Sell found a black leather bag which contained a plastic bag with suspected cocaine and a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, police allege in the release.

Hagerstown Police respond to calls

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls Wednesday, Sgt. Curt Wood said:

· At 3:52 a.m., a burglary was reported in the 300 block of Dual Highway.

· At 6:24 a.m., a burglary was reported in the 400 block of West Washington Street.

· At 10:13 a.m., a boys' 20-inch Next bicycle was reported found in the area of Broadway and North Mulberry.

· At 10:16 a.m., a window was reported shot out with a BB gun in the 100 block of South Potomac Street.

· At 12:25 p.m., Pennsylvania temporary registration tag 0835202 was reported stolen from the first block of West Antietam Street.

· At 5:37 p.m., domestic violence was reported in the first block of Downsville Pike.

· At 6:13 p.m., a radio was reported stolen from the 300 block of North Jonathan Street.

· At 9:05 p.m., breaking and entering was reported in the 200 block of Taylor Avenue.

· At 10:44 p.m., domestic violence was reported in the 100 block of East Washington Street.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Wednesday, according to Sgt. Mark Knight:

· At 7:30 a.m., several work trucks parked at Western Carrier, 14240 Pennsylvania Ave., were reported broken into. Various tools and saw kits were reported stolen. About $400 in damage was reported and about $3,500 in tools were reported stolen.

· At 1 p.m., maintenance tools were reported stolen from Avalon Manor Health Care Center at 14014 Marsh Pike. No value was listed.

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