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November 09, 2007

Interstate closed for tractor-trailer crash



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Authorities closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 just north of exit 16 in Berkeley County, W.Va., Thursday night, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies and emergency crews were responding to reports of a tractor-trailer accident near the exit to W.Va. 9 shortly before 10 p.m., the department said.

A Berkeley County 911 dispatcher said the tractor-trailer was reportedly on fire. A truck hauling other vehicles had also reportedly crashed, scattering vehicles over the highway, and there were reports of a fuel leak, the dispatcher said. No one had been reported injured, she said.

Clean-up was ongoing and was expected to continue past midnight, she said.

The Sheriff's Department could not confirm any of the details as of 11 p.m.




Runaway teen found with Greencastle man



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Police searching for a runaway teen found her with an 18-year-old Greencastle man they say had sex with two underage girls and was smoking marijuana with them in an abandoned house, according to a news release from Pennsylvania State Police.

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Alan Decker was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police found Decker with the girls, ages 15 and 16, at about 10 p.m. on Oct. 25 in a house on Williamsport Pike, about a quarter-mile south of U.S. 11, police said.

The girls were charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.




Thefts from several cars reported



MARION, Pa. - Several unlocked cars parked on Main and Colorado streets were ransacked Sunday morning for money and small items, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

The thefts occurred between midnight and 6 a.m., police said.

The following items were reported stolen:

· White iPod with cassette adapter

· Green iPod Nano

· Black with green trim Creative Zen

· Nikon binoculars 8 x 25

· Canvas book bag with handprints and the name "Gabby" on it

· New English textbook

· French textbook

· Three small flashlights

· Four pocket knives

· Reading glasses with black frames

· $10 in change

Anyone with information may contact Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg at 717-264-5161.




Boy injured when truck overturns



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 14-year-old Chambersburg boy was injured Wednesday when the pickup truck he was driving went off the side of a driveway and overturned, throwing him from the vehicle.

The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m. in the 8800 block of Edenville Cheesetown Road, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

The boy, whose name was not released, was not wearing a seat belt and had major injuries, police said. No information on his condition was available Thursday.

The truck, a 1995 Ford Ranger, was severely damaged.

Police search for driver who struck pole



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are searching for the driver of a tractor-trailer that struck a utility pole Oct. 29 at the intersection of Burkholder and Church roads, according to a news release.

The truck, described as having a dark-colored cab, was driving north on Burkholder Road and turned right onto Church Road at about 12:30 p.m., police said.

Anyone with information may contact Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg at 717-264-5161.




Newfoundland puppy taken from cage



McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 4-week-old Newfoundland dog was removed from its cage in Burnt Cabins, Pa., this week, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

The dog was taken Tuesday or Wednesday from 234 Gristmill Road, police said. A "possible reward" is being offered upon return of the dog, police said.

Anyone with information may contact Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg at 717-485-3131.

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