Police briefs

August 15, 2010

Two hurt in Hagerstown crash

Two people were taken to Washington County Hospital after a two-vehicle crash Friday at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Wilson Boulevard, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

The accident occurred at 5:17 p.m., when a 1998 Saab was southbound on Maryland Avenue and turned into the path of a northbound 1988 Nissan Maxima, police said. The driver of the Maxima had the right of way, police said.

A male occupant of the Maxima and a female occupant of the Saab were taken to the hospital, police said. Neither had life-threatening injuries, police said.

Cause of fire at vacant house probed

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. -- The cause of a house fire early Saturday at 104 Berkshire Drive was under investigation by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and the State Fire Marshals Office, said David Brining, assistant chief of the Bedington (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Co.


The fire was called in just before 2 a.m. When the first units arrived, the house's attached garage and its second floor were in flames, Brining said.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control in less than 20 minutes and kept it from spreading to the main part of the building, Brining said.

The house was vacant and no one was injured, Brining said.

Firefighters from Hedgesville assisted at the scene and the last units left shortly after 4 a.m., Brining said.

Teens hurt in SUV crash

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- Two teenagers were injured Friday afternoon when the SUV they were in overturned on Coldsmith Road in Greene Township, Pa., according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

The driver, Samantha M. Wright, 16, of Shippensburg, Pa., and passenger Kayla C. McCanns, 16, of Upper Strasburg, Pa., were taken by ambulance to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital with minor injuries, troopers said.

Wright was eastbound at 3:50 p.m. when she lost control of the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee she was driving on a curve, troopers said. The Jeep went partially off the road and as Wright attempted to regain control of the vehicle, it rolled over and skidded about eight yards on its roof, troopers said.

Injured motorcyclist in fair condition

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- A Huntingdon, Pa., motorcyclist injured Aug. 7 in a two-vehicle accident in Fulton County remained at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown Pa., a hospital spokeswoman said Saturday.

Jessie A. Haupt, 40, was in fair condition Saturday, the spokeswoman said.

Haupt was flown by helicopter to the hospital following the 5:48 p.m. crash on U.S. 30 about a mile west of the Franklin County line, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

Haupt was riding a 1998 Harley-Davidson when he lost control of the motorcycle on a curve and it collided with a 2001 Lexus RX300 driven by Mark A. Pisano, 56, of Pittsburgh, troopers said.

Pisano and his two passengers were not injured, troopers said.

Man charged with making threats

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man was charged with making terroristic threats in connection with an incident last month at his home, the Martinsburg Police Department said.

Mathew Edward Ball, 23, of 106 S. Raleigh St., was taken into custody Friday and arraigned before a state magistrate, police said.

On July 23, police and Martinsburg Fire Department ambulance personnel went to Ball's house after he threatened to commit suicide and a firearm had been taken from him, police said.

Ball allegedly made statements to the ambulance personnel that he had been feuding with his family and owned a handgun and a hunting rifle, police said. Ball allegedly said if it ever happened again, he would taken both weapons into his room and lock the door, police said.

Ball also stated that if the police were called, he would "shoot whoever came to the bedroom door to get him," police said.

Coins stolen in Fulton County

HUSTONTOWN, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police in Fulton County were investigating a theft from a Taylor Township man's home that was discovered Tuesday.

The Railroad Street home of the victim was entered sometime between July 10 and Tuesday and $225 kept in plastic containers was stolen from the living room, troopers said.

There were no signs of forced entry and the stolen money consisted of gold dollar coins and state quarters, troopers said.

Attempted burglary reported

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- An attempted burglary Friday in McConnellsburg was being investigated by Pennsylvania State Police in Fulton County.

Between 8:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., an attempt was made to pry open the front door of a house in the 500 block of Cito Road, troopers said. A door knob also was removed, troopers said.

Reward offered in stop sign theft

QUINCY, Pa. -- The Quincy Township Municipal Authority is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people who stole a stop sign on Thursday, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

The stop sign at the intersection of Spruce and Loop roads was reported missing Thursday about 12:30 p.m., troopers said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call Trooper Alex M. Grote at the Chambersburg barrack at 717-264-5161.

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