Police log for 2-21

February 21, 2005

Business burglarized

SMITHSBURG - A South Main Street business was burglarized Sunday, the Smithsburg Police Department said.

Police said two people broke into the Smithsburg Market, at 48 S. Main St., through a window at about 12:45 a.m., and grabbed an undetermined amount of cigarettes. Police said they were seen running across South Main Street to a small red vehicle parked on Grove Lane.

Police ask that anyone with information on the incident call the department at 301-824-3500 or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

Two hurt in Pa. crash

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A fiery two-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 Saturday morning sent two people to the hospital, police said.


According to Pennsylvania State Police, Federico Bautista-Garcia, 21, of Marion, Pa., was driving a 1996 Dodge Neon about a mile north of Exit 16. Bautista-Garcia attempted to pass a 1998 Volvo tractor-trailer on the right as the vehicles were leaving a construction zone. The tractor-trailer, operated by Jean Herbert, 45, of Quebec, Canada, merged into the right lane, colliding with the Neon, police said.

Bautista-Garcia lost control of his vehicle and drove off the roadway, traveling approximately 900 feet along the roadside before striking a tree on the embankment, police said.

The Neon then caught fire, but all the occupants were able to escape, police said.

Alberta Bautista-Garcia, 48, of Marion, sustained moderate to severe injuries, police said, and was flown to York (Pa.) Hospital. Her condition was not available Sunday night.

Samuel Velasco Bautista, 26, of Chambersburg, a passenger in Bautista-Garcia's vehicle, was injured and taken to Chambersburg Hospital, where he was treated and released.

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