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Police briefs

October 12, 2006

Pa. police looking for armed gunmen



STATE LINE, Pa. - Two gunmen were being sought after an armed robbery Tuesday night at VP Oil at 15448 Pennsylvania Ave., Pennsylvania State Police said.

The robbery occurred about 10 p.m. when two black men wearing black hooded jackets and dark baggy jeans came up to a man who was checking the oil on his vehicle and another man who was pumping gas, police said. Each of the men was armed with large frame black handguns and took money from the men before fleeing south on Pennsylvania Avenue, police said.

One man was about 6 feet tall and the other about 5 feet 6 inches tall, police said. Both had short hair.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 717-264-5161.




Md. man hurt in Interstate 81 crash



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Rockville, Md., man was flown by helicopter to Altoona (Pa.) Regional Hospital Tuesday morning after his car collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 south of Chambersburg, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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Chad F. Bruce, 60, was in fair condition Wednesday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said Bruce was driving a 2003 Honda Accord south at 12:17 a.m. when it went across the median and into the northbound lanes. The car collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Dennis L. East, 57, of Ararat, N.C., police said.

The car struck a fuel tank on the truck, causing about 100 gallons of diesel fuel to spill on the road. The car then scraped the underside of the trailer and the trunk area was crushed by the trailer's rear wheels, police said.

The northbound lanes were closed for about 3 1/2 hours after the crash, police said.




Police: trespasser enters Pa. business



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a report of a trespasser on Tuesday morning at Myers Manufacturing Co. at 5321 Buchanan Trail West.

Police said an unknown person entered the business and fled out a back door after being spotted by an employee. The incident was called in at 2:39 a.m., police said.




Pa. woman hurt after car flips in Antrim



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Greencastle woman was flown by helicopter to York (Pa.) Hospital following a one-car accident Wednesday morning in Antrim Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Evelyn Thomas, 64, address unavailable, was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday night.

Police said Thomas was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier south in the 8800 block of Browns Mill Road when she lost control of the vehicle on a curve shortly before 9 a.m. The car struck a tree, rolled over and hit a fence, police said.

Thomas was not wearing a seat belt, police said.




Vehicle damaged after tires come off truck



SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A parked vehicle was damaged Wednesday morning when a set of wheels broke off a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Southampton Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the wheels broke off the tractor-trailer about 6 a.m. and rolled off the highway and onto the property of Gary Lee Ott of 315 Means Hollow Road. The wheels damaged the front and top of his vehicle, police said.

The tractor-trailer did not stop after the accident, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 717-264-5161.




Man crashes car into local restaurant



A woman was sent to the hospital for observation after the vehicle she was riding in crashed into Bob Evans Restaurant on Dual Highway, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

According to Officer Gary Anderson, an older man and his wife were traveling in a vehicle in the restaurant's parking lot when the vehicle struck the building.

"He said he went to push the brake, and nothing happened, and (they) went up into the building," Anderson said.

A public communications officer said police responded to the scene at 1721 Dual Highway at 11:40 a.m. and left at 1:08 p.m. Though he said building inspectors were notified, restaurant manager Robert Cline said business was not affected, and the restaurant was not forced to close.

The female passenger did not suffer major injuries, Anderson said.

"She wasn't badly injured - minor injuries," he said. "She was just taken to get checked out."




Two face drug charges in Frederick



FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man and woman were arrested on drug charges Tuesday night after Frederick Police Department officers allege they caught the pair smoking marijuana in a parked car, according to a department press release.

Shaun Smith, 23, of 7165 Glenmeadow Court, and Danielle Nicole Foster, 20, of 452 Center St., each were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release. Smith was charged with an extra count of marijuana possession, according to the release.

After police approached the pair about 9:30 p.m. sitting in a car in the 400 block of Center Street, they smelled burnt marijuana, according to the release.

A partially smoked marijuana blunt was allegedly found in the vehicle's ashtray and a small bag of marijuana was allegedly found on Smith, according to the release.

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