Teens on a lark become trapped on freight trainHAGERSTOWN...

WESTERN MARYLAND BRIEFS

May 01, 1994

HAGERSTOWN — Teens on a lark become trapped on freight train

HAGERSTOWN -- Four teen-agers who jumped aboard a freight train were unable to jump off, and ended up in Paw Paw, W.Va., state police said.

Five Washington County teens decided Monday night it would be fun to board the train and get off a short distance down the tracks.

"One boy was unable to get on," said Tfc. Jeff Hewett. "The other four found the freight train was going too fast to jump off again."

The boys stayed on the coal car all the way to Paw Paw, Trooper Hewett said.

Their parents reported them missing at 2:30 a.m.

It wasn't until about 6 a.m. that the mystery was solved when they telephoned their parents from West Virginia.

Jumping on trains is not only dangerous but illegal, Trooper Hewett said.

Cumberland man gets 15 years in sex case

CUMBERLAND

CUMBERLAND -- A Cumberland man has been sentenced to 15 years' incarceration for a second-degree sexual offense involving a 12-year-old girl.

James Stuart Fazenbaker, 44, was convicted last month by Allegany County Circuit Judge Gary G. Leasure.

Fazenbaker has prior convictions for breaking and entering, theft and battery and is awaiting sentencing for assaulting a correctional officer.

Man pleads guilty to three robberies

CUMBERLAND

CUMBERLAND -- A Cumberland man has pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with a series of robberies in December 1993.

Carmine Salvatore Pastena, 42, was ordered held without bond Monday by Allegany County Circuit Judge J. Frederick Sharer. Sentencing has been deferred pending a presentence investigation.

Pastena and a co-defendant were arrested in January in connection with the armed robbery of $75 from a Dairy Mart convenience store, $469 from a Super 8 motel in LaVale and $375 from the Spring Gap post office.

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