Police briefs - afternoon

October 29, 2004

Missing girl, 17, sought by police

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was still searching this morning for a 17-year-old girl who's been missing since Monday, Cpl. Daryl Sanders said.

Brandy Jean Biser was reported missing to the Sheriff's Department on Monday at 1:15 a.m., according to a news release. She is described as a white female, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, 165 pounds, with green eyes and curly brown hair, according to the release.

She may be in the company of another missing girl, Shenoah Vivian Vansickle, 17, police said.

Police ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of Biser to call them at 301-791-3020.

Man charged in theft of bus

A Ford bus reported stolen Wednesday was followed by its owner, leading the Washington County Sheriff's Department to find the vehicle and its driver on Interstate 70, according to a news release.

Michael Anthony Eckles, 28, of 744 Guilford Ave. in Hagerstown, was charged with theft more than $500, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.


At 1:41 a.m. Wednesday, the Hagerstown Police Department told the Sheriff's Department to watch out for a stolen Ford bus that was traveling southbound on Md. 65 near Oak Ridge Drive.

The bus had been reported stolen by a 41-year-old man, who had parked it in the 400 block of Brown Avenue in Hagerstown.

Members from the Sheriff's Department were eventually able to catch up with the bus, which was allegedly being driven erratically, on eastbound Interstate 70 near U.S. 40, according to the release.

Eckles was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond this morning, a jail spokesman said.

Burn victim remains in critical condition

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

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

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.

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