Police briefs

February 14, 2005

U.S. 340 shut down for hours after crash

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Police said U.S. 340 near the Shenandoah River bridge was shut down for five hours Saturday night following a two-car crash in which seven people were injured.

Witnesses said a red pickup truck was traveling south on the highway when the driver suddenly crossed the center line and struck a Chevrolet Cobalt head-on, said Deputy V. Tiong of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The driver of the truck, Angel Roberto Mejia, 38, of Takoma Park, Md., and the driver of the Cobalt, Sherri Ebberts of Martinsburg, W.Va., were flown to Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, Tiong said.

Ebberts' son, Matthew Ebberts, 18, who was a passenger in the car, also was flown to Washington Hospital Center, Tiong said.


Mejia, Sherri Ebberts and Matthew Ebberts were in fair condition Sunday night at Washington Hospital Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Four other people were injured in the crash, but they had minor injuries, Tiong said.

The 9:30 p.m. crash occurred between the bridge and Chestnut Hill Road, Tiong said.

Traffic was backed up in both directions on the highway. On the south side, traffic was backed up to at least a flea market at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Bakerton Road, Tiong said.

Driver loses wheel, crashes into building

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said the driver of a car was unhurt Saturday night when a wheel fell off and the vehicle struck a building on Molly Pitcher Highway.

Police said Edgar E. Coyoc, 31, of Chambersburg, was driving a 1997 Dodge Intrepid north at 8:30 p.m. when the left front wheel fell off. He lost control and the car hit F&M Surfaces Inc., 2295 Molly Pitcher Highway.

Police said damage to the car and the building was minor.

Thefts from vehicles investigated in Pa.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating thefts from vehicles between Thursday night and Friday morning in the Greencastle area.

Police said a brown leather purse, a black backpack containing medical books and loose change were stolen from a vehicle belonging to Heather Martin in the 9000 block of Letzburg Road between 1 and 7 a.m. About $14 in change was stolen from a vehicle belonging to Carolyn Montgomery during the same time in the same block, police said.

Unspecified items were stolen from vehicles belonging to Tim and Robin Reed of Angle Road and Chris Oberholzer of Browns Mill Road, police said. Those thefts occurred between 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday, police said.

Man faces assault, resisting charges

A Hagerstown man was charged early Sunday in connection with an incident on the corner of East Washington and North Mulberry streets, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Francis E. Wilson Jr., 35, of 213 E. Franklin St., was charged with attempting to remove a firearm from a police officer, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstructing and hindering a police officer, disorderly conduct, malicious destruction of property, theft and possession of marijuana, police said.

Police allege Wilson was found on the sidewalk by a city officer, who then attempted to take him to Washington County Hospital for an examination. Police allege Wilson began to struggle with the officer before he was taken into custody.

Wilson was treated at Washington County Hospital for injuries he sustained during the struggle, according to police.

Drunken drivers targeted in patrols

On Saturday, the Hagerstown Police Department conducted "saturation patrols" targeting drunken and "drugged" drivers, according to the department. Police said 17 vehicles were stopped during the operation, which was conducted in the area of Dual Highway.

The following charges were filed, police said:

· Lamarr Walker, 26, was charged with driving under the influence and driving without a license.

· Michael Demers, 22, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to stop at a red traffic signal.

· A 16-year-old girl, whose name was not released, was charged with driving under the influence, violation of alcohol restriction and failure to drive right of center.

Pa. man charged with assault, stalking

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Scotland, Pa., man was charged in connection with threats that have been made to a Chambersburg resident, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Robert Killian, 51, was charged with simple assault, stalking and terroristic threats, according to police.

Police allege Killian threatened to kill Roger Miller repeatedly during the past six weeks, including on Sunday. Police said Killian also struck Kimberly Killian, 41, of Scotland, Pa., with the back bumper of his vehicle.

Kimberly Killian was not injured, according to police.

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