Police briefs

April 24, 2008

Man working on disabled truck knocked down by crash

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- A man working on his vehicle's engine was knocked to the ground when the disabled vehicle was struck in an April 18 accident on Pa. 16 east of Greencastle, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

The 1987 Chevrolet Blazer was legally parked on the eastbound roadside near Long Lane after it became disabled due to engine problems, police said. Melvin D. Gsell, 50, of Greencastle, was working on the engine and Mary G. Gsell, 47, of Greencastle, was inside.

About 11:30 p.m., a Pontiac Sunfire turned onto eastbound Pa. 16 from Long Lane just as a Nissan Altima heading east on Pa. 16 was approaching the intersection, police said.


The Altima's driver, Culum Djordje, 21, of Waynesboro, Pa., applied his brakes and swerved onto the roadside to avoid hitting the Sunfire, striking the disabled Blazer and pushing it two feet forward into Melvin Gsell, police said.

The Sunfire continued east on Pa. 16, police said.

Melvin Gsell fell onto his back and struck his head on the ground, police said. His condition was not available Thursday.

Waynesboro man charged with robbing man of marijuana

STATE LINE, Pa. -- A Waynesboro man was charged with robbery and simple assault after he was accused of robbing another man of marijuana at gunpoint April 15, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

Jason Blank, 22, approached two men he had been arguing with about 3:15 p.m., pointed a gun at one of them and asked for their wallets, as well as the marijuana and bowl that they had, police said. When he was told no, Blank allegedly pushed one victim toward the back of the victim's truck, then returned and pointed the gun at the other victim's genitalia, then at his face, police said.

Blank was given the marijuana and the bowl and told the victim that if he ever saw him around State Line again, he would kill him, police said.

Maryland men taken into custoday after chase

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Two Maryland men were taken into custody Tuesday morning after a police pursuit that began in Maryland, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Toby Wayne Snyder, 34, of Clear Spring, was charged with fleeing and eluding police, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving, police said.

Bradley Trostel, 30, of Hagerstown, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken into custody on a fugitive warrant issued by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, police said.

About 8:30 p.m. police learned of a pursuit involving Maryland State Police. The vehicle that Maryland authorities were seeking was spotted near Pa. 316 and Clay Hill Road, and was pursued for about 12 miles before it was stopped by spike strips and collided with a police cruiser, police said.

Two charged in W.Va. thefts

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Two area men have been arrested following a monthlong investigation by police into a string of thefts from homes in the Eastern Panhandle, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Rodney Wade Dorr, 40, of Inwood, W.Va., and Terry Lee Whitt, 25, of Stephenson, Va., each have been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and daytime burglary, Lt. Dave Colbert said.

Some of the thefts occurred in the Summit Point, W.Va., and Middleway, W.Va., area, including on Box Factory Road, Colbert said.

Also investigating the case were the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and the Frederick County (Va.) Sheriff's Department, police said.

Teens charged with having weapon on Pa. school property

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Three seventh-graders have been charged as juveniles after allegedly passing around a knife at Waynesboro Area Middle School on Wednesday.

Waynesboro police said school staff spotted two of the students exchanging the knife, which had a 7-inch blade, about 1 p.m.

Those two students, who were in the cafeteria at the time, then tried to discard the knife in a bathroom, police said. Another student had brought the weapon to school, police said.

A 13-year-old and two 12-year-olds were charged with possession of a weapon on school property and disorderly conduct, police said.

Pa. gas station robbed

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a Tuesday night robbery of the Optima gas station at 1716 Lincoln Way East.

Police said a man entered the store shortly before 11 p.m. and demanded money from the cashier before fleeing. The man was white, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and more than 200 pounds, police said.

The man was wearing a blue-green shirt, plaid shorts and white sneakers, police said. The report did not indicate whether the man was armed.

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following incidents, according to a department press release.


  • At 7:07 a.m., a gray 20-inch Magna bicycle was found in the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • At 2:03 p.m., a theft was reported in the 17000 block of Garland Groh Boulevard. A wallet was taken.

  • At 2:23 p.m., weapons were confiscated in the 1100 block of Opal Court. Two air guns and a sword were confiscated.

  • At 3:03 p.m., a theft was reported in the area of Charles Street. Cash and medication were taken.

  • At 7:33 p.m., theft from a vehicle was reported in the 300 block of Mealey Parkway. Sunglasses, change and jewelry were taken.

  • At 10:45 p.m., drug violations were reported in the first block of South Prospect Street.


  • At 2:40 a.m., a firearm was discharged in the unit block of Ross Street.

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