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Police briefs - Dec. 18

December 18, 2010

Vehicle stop reveals men with knife wounds

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department was looking for a man Saturday morning after a deputy stopped a vehicle in which the Virginia men in it both had knife wounds, according to a sheriff's department press release.

At 2:47 a.m. on Winchester Avenue, a deputy stopped a southbound Ford Explorer and discovered the two men inside had been stabbed or cut while leaving Paradise City Lounge at 9734 Winchester Ave., deputies said.

Justin Williams and Colton Rutledge, both of Front Royal, Va., were taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center, deputies said.

Rutledge had "Severe lacerations ... to his arm and face along with a severe puncture wound to his chest," the sheriff's department press release said. Williams had an injured hand, deputies said.

Witnesses to the incident told investigators that Rutledge and Williams were leaving the Paradise City Lounge with a group when Rutledge bumped into a dark four-door passenger vehicle, deputies said.

A man got out of the rear passenger seat, pulled out what appeared to be a knife on a key chain and yelled that he was going to "gut" them, deputies said.

Rutledge and the man got into an altercation and Rutledge was injured, police said.

When Rutledge's friend's tried to intervene, Williams was injured, deputies said.

The investigating officers were unavailable Saturday night.

Anyone with information about the incident may call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000 or the Crime Solvers hot line at 304-267-4999.

Man's death in quarry under investigation

KEYMAR, Md. — The Frederick County Sheriff's Office was investigating the death of a man in an apparent accident Friday night at a quarry, according to a sheriff's office press release.

Frederick County fire and rescue units and sheriff's deputies were called to the Laurel Sand and Gravel Inc. quarry at 11609 Legore Road at 7:40 p.m. for a report of a man trapped inside a piece of machinery, deputies said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said.

The name of the man had not been released as of late Friday night in order to notify family members, deputies said.

The man's name and further details had still not been released by the sheriff's office as of Saturday night.

The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation was conducting an investigation, the sheriff's office press release said.

Crash on I-270 leaves 2 drivers injured

FREDERICK, Md. — Two drivers, one of them from Waynesboro, Pa., were injured Saturday morning in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 270 north of Dr. Perry Road, Maryland State Police in Frederick County said.

The crash occurred at 6:09 a.m. when Dinusha Perera, 28, of Silver Spring, Md., was southbound and lost control of a Honda sport utility vehicle, troopers said.

The Honda went into the right lane and was struck by a 2006 Kia Sportage driven by Jeffrey Neilson, 46, of Waynesboro, troopers said.

The Honda overturned and Perera had to be freed from the wreckage, troopers said.

She was taken to Suburban Hospital in Montgomery County and her injuries were not life-threatening, troopers said.

Neilson was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital and troopers said his injuries also were not life-threatening. He was treated at the hospital and later released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Sheriffs seek information on damaged decorations

The Washington County Sheriff's Office was called to the Greenberry Hills area off of Virginia Avenue Saturday morning for reports of damaged Christmas decorations.

At least half a dozen homes had decorations damaged overnight, deputies said. Damage was estimated at $2,000.

Anyone with information about the incidents may call the sheriff's office at 301-791-3020.

Mercersburg police seek missing Mickey Mouse

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Police in Mercersburg were looking for a missing Mickey Mouse stolen from a yard earlier this week.

The 3-foot tall Christmas lawn ornament was stolen between Monday at 9 p.m. and Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from a home in the 200 block of North Main Street, borough police said. Mickey was wearing a top hat and red and green suit and was had been held down with a 20-pound weight that was spiked into the ground, police said.

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