4 who fled Pa. prison seen in area

April 11, 1996

Four men who escaped Saturday from the Adams County, Pa., prison in Gettysburg may be driving a stolen 1986 Pontiac Firebird with Pennsylvania license plate AYR2465 and may be in the Baltimore area, state police from Maryland and Pennsylvania said yesterday.

The men were being held on various assault charges, according to a prison spokesman.

Police believe the four may be armed and are dangerous.

The fugitives are Patrick Berlan, 28; Scott Dyer, 26; Chris Abel, 24; and Donald Andrews. All are white and have brown hair. Dyer, the tallest, is 6 feet 4. Berlan, the shortest, is 5 feet 7. The men fled Saturday in a 14-foot U-Haul truck after overpowering two guards, police said.

Maryland State Police said the men were seen in northern Carroll County on Monday. Anyone with information about the men should call the Westminster barracks at 410-876-2101.

Police

Westminster: An East Main Street attorney told city police Monday that someone shot four office windows with a BB gun about 8: 10 p.m. Friday. Damage was estimated at $5,000.

Westminster: An East Main Street hearing center told city police Tuesday that someone shot a store window with a BB gun between noon and 3 p.m. Thursday. Damage was estimated at $20.

Westminster: A resident of South Center Street told city police Tuesday that someone punched and dented her vehicle before 3: 45 p.m. that day. Damage was estimated at $300.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters from Pleasant Valley, Reese and Manchester assisted Westminster at 11: 22 a.m. Tuesday, responding to a gas leak at a building in the 100 block of Airport Drive. Units were out 28 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 11: 47 a.m. Tuesday for an unattended burning in the 1100 block of Avondale Road. Units were out 26 minutes.

Pub Date: 4/11/96

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