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July 11, 2006

Youth rescued after fall into cave

DOWNSVILLE - A youth was trapped in a cave along the C&O Canal near Downsville for more than an hour Sunday night before a crew trained in confined-space rescues was able to free him.

Jason Yates, a firefighter/EMT for Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co., said Monday morning that the boy fell about 20 feet into the cave and had injuries that were not life-threatening. He had deep cuts on his head and a possible broken wrist, Yates said.

According to a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher, the youth was taken to a Maryland State Police helicopter about 10:55 p.m.

Someone first reported a person had fallen about 12 feet into a cave at 8:52 p.m., Williamsport Volunteer Fire Lt. T.J. Barnes said.


Yates said the boy slipped on some rocks and fell into the cave.

The cave the boy entered is about 1/2 mile east of mile marker 84.

Yates said firefighters found the boy about 150 feet into the cave. When they reached him, the boy was talking and able to communicate with rescue personnel.

- From staff reports

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

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


· At 7:30 a.m., a window was broken at Hair Reflections, 2 S. Conococheague St. in Williamsport. Damage was estimated at $400.

· At 11 a.m., several items were stolen from a vehicle left unlocked in the 10000 block of Sassan Lane. A cell phone, $200 and a GPS unit were stolen. The items were valued at $600.

· At 11:30 a.m., gasoline was stolen from two vehicles parked at Mountain Enterprises, 16609 Shepherdstown Pike. About $30 in gasoline was stolen, and about $300 in damage was done to the vehicles.

· At 1:30 p.m., $10 was stolen from a vehicle in the 11000 block of Shalom Lane.


· At 8:20 a.m., a Mongoose bicycle was reported stolen from the 17000 block of Walker Circle.

· At 11 a.m., a window and a light were reportedly damaged overnight at the Keedysville Municipal Building, 20 Taylor Drive.


· At 3:30 p.m., front and rear tags were stolen from a 1993 Chevrolet in the 20 block of Cumberland Street. The Maryland tag number was MYM827.

· At 5 p.m., two bicycles were reported stolen from the 11000 block of Fawn Bridge Drive. The bicycles, both Next brand, were yellow and silver.

Hagerstown Police respond to calls

Hagerstown Police responded to the following incidents, according to Sgt. Paul Kifer:


· 900 block of Pope Avenue, two charged with second-degree assault.

· 800 block of Potomac Avenue, first-degree assault charge.

· 800 block of Mulberry Avenue, burglary/theft of cash.


· 300 block of North Mulberry Street, theft.

· 1000 block of Beechwood Drive, theft of a wallet from a motor vehicle.

· 1100 block of Woodland Way, attempted suicide/overdose.

· 50 block of North Burhans Boulevard, drug violation.

· 10 block of Randolph Street, found purse.

· 300 block of North Cannon Avenue, theft of Maryland vehicle tag No. 92J694.

· West Franklin Street at Devonshire, drug violation/driving under the influence.

· 1000 block of Carroll Heights Boulevard, theft of two bicycles.

· 10000 block of Garland Groh Boulevard, money order scam.


· 50 block of North Burhans Boulevard, lost property.

· 100 block of McComas Street, police information.

· 200 block of North Cannon Avenue, damage to a vehicle.

· 400 block of Guilford Avenue, damage to a vehicle.

· 200 block of North Locust Street, burglary/theft/damage to property.

Man surrenders after three-hour standoff

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man held police in a standoff for more than three hours last Thursday as they attempted to arrest him on charges of attempted murder, malicious wounding and felonious destruction of property filed in West Virginia.

Kevin M. Collis, 24, of 246 Eisenhower Drive, called the Franklin County 911 center to surrender and exited the home, after the Chambersburg Police Department activated two special crisis teams and solicited assistance from Pennsylvania State Police.

The incident began at 8:52 p.m. Tuesday when officers first went to Collis' door. He surrendered at 12:07 a.m. Friday, Chambersburg police said in a news release.

Several people hurt in ATV crash in Pa.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 11-year-old driving an all-terrain vehicle apparently misjudged the distance between his ATV and another, causing an accident that sent five people to area hospitals, the Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa., said Monday.

According to a press release, the Greencastle, Pa., boy and Stacey M. Newcomer, 33, of Greencastle, Pa., were driving side by side on McDowell Road off Ridge Road in Antrim Township at 6:54 p.m. Sunday when the boy pulled in front of the other ATV. Newcomer's ATV hit the boy's ATV, and she and her two passengers fell off her ATV when it rolled over.

The boy and his passenger were thrown from their ATV, according to police.

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