Police briefs - Aug. 29

August 29, 2011

Loaded semi-automatic weapon found in car involved in collision

FREDERICK, Md. — Police said Monday a loaded semi-automatic handgun was found on the floor of a Fiat that was involved in a collision with a Ford Explorer on Interstate 70 at U.S. 340.

It appeared the gun had been stored in the glove compartment and might have been thrown to floor in the 8:48 a.m. wreck, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

According to several witnesses, the Fiat, driven by Gabriel Alejandro Maldonado-Rodriguez, 26, of Miami Gardens, Fla., was westbound on I-70 when it crossed the median and entered the eastbound lanes, striking the Explorer, state police said.

The Explorer was being driven by Kathy Lynne Schaff, 53, of Middletown, Md., state police said.

Maldonado-Rodriguez was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and it appeared his injuries from the head-on collision were not life-threatening, state police said.

Schaff was treated at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, then released, state police said.

The investigation is continuing, state police said.


Man who called Pa. police faces 'bath salts' charge

NEEDMORE, Pa. — A Beaver County man was charged with disorderly conduct after he called Pennsylvania State Police in Fulton County to report a criminal offense, but was instead, police alleged, he was under the influence of a drug known as “bath salts.”

Brandon Jack Amick, 26, of Hopewell, Pa., called 911 at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday from an address on Black Bear Road, police said. Police allege that Amick was under the influence of bath salts, which caused him to hallucinate.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law on June 23 making illegal the use, possession and sale of bath salts, which often contain methylenedioxypyrovalerone or other stimulants, according to WebMD. The law took effect last week, 60 days after it was signed.

Fulton County man charged in assault

BURNT CABINS, Pa. — A Fulton County, Pa.,  man was charged with simple assault after another man was assaulted Sunday night in Dublin Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Jayme Lee Kling, 33, no address provided by state police, was accused of pushing, strangling and dragging the unidentified 26-year-old victim at 420 Grist Mill Road, police said. The incident was called in at 9:30 p.m., police said.

Copper downspouts stolen from Greene Township church

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The theft of copper downspouts from a Greene Township church was being investigated last week by Pennsylvania State Police.

The downspouts were taken from the Mount Pleasant United Brethren in Christ Church, 2509 Black Gap Road, between Monday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, police said.

Anyone with information about the theft can call state police at 717-264-5161.

Copper pipe stolen from house in St. Thomas

ST. THOMAS, Pa. — Two 6-foot sections of copper pipe were stolen from a house in the 5600 block of Jack Road on Saturday, Aug. 20, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Anyone with information about the theft can call state police at 717-264-5161.

Fishing gear stolen from house in Antrim Township

ST. THOMAS, Pa. — Fishing gear was among the items stolen from an Antrim Township, Pa., home in a burglary last week, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The home on the 1300 block of Brenda Drive was entered between 8 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday, police said. Nine fishing rods and two Plano tackle bags containing jigs, lures, spinner boxes and other equipment were taken, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglary can call police at 717-264-5161.

Waynesboro woman charged with DUI after crash

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Waynesboro woman was charged with driving under the influence Sunday after the car she was driving was overturned, borough police said.

Rebecca Duke, 31, of 412 Chesnut St., was driving 2009 Honda Civic on the 300 block of South Church Street when it struck a parked Chevrolet Blazer and then slid on top of a parked Buick Regal, police said.

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