Police briefs

September 13, 2008

Woman reports being attacked in Hagerstown

Hagerstown police responded to an armed robbery at 1:32 a.m. Saturday. The female victim was told by three men to drive to an alley behind Girls Inc.

Once there, one of the men struck her in the head with a silver revolver, Sgt. Rebecca Fetchu said. The men were looking for money, and forced the female to remove her clothing, Fetchu alleged in a news release. They didn't find any money, and told the female to flee on foot, Fetchu said.

The female ran to her home and called police to report the incident.

8-year-old girl killed in crash

FREDERICK, Md. -- An 8-year-old girl was killed Friday night after the minivan she was traveling in overturned, Maryland State Police said.

The girl was ejected from the minivan when it overturned in the area of northbound Interstate 270 and Doctor Perry Road, troopers said in a news release.


She was pronounced dead at the scene.

As the van overturned, it collided with another vehicle, police said.

The driver of the minivan, and three other children who were passengers, were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver of the second vehicle was not taken to the hospital.

The driver of the minivan alleged that another vehicle cut her off, which caused her to swerve and lose control, troopers said.

Maryland State Police continue to investigate the crash.

Anyone with information can call police at 301-600-4151.

Fairplay man burned while trying to light bonfire

FAIRPLAY -- A Fairplay man burned himself Thursday night while attempting to light a bonfire with gasoline, the Maryland State Fire Marshal said.

The accidental burning happened at about 10 p.m. Thursday in the 8800 block of Sharpsburg Pike, the fire marshal said in a news release.

He was treated at Washington County Hospital and later transferred to the Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore.

One taken to hospital after hit-and-run in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- One person was taken to the hospital Friday evening after a hit-and-run, a Berkeley County, W.Va. Emergency Services dispatcher said.

The hit-and-run was reported at 7:53 p.m., in the area of Hedgesville Road and the General Motors access road, she said.

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