2011-01-13 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of January 8, 1981

The first baby born at the Medical Center in 1981 wasa7pound,10ouncebabygirltoGaryandSandra (Miller) Johnston, McConnellsburg.

A propane truck, owned by Empire Gas of Hancock, slid on the ice on Pennsylvania Avenue Extended about a mile north of Hancock early last Monday and turned over onto its top. The truck was loaded with liquid propane and officials were worried about a possible explosion.

Merle W. Unger Jr., 30, formerly of Greencastle, who is serving a life plus 15-year sentence for the December 1975 shooting death of Donald Kane, an off-duty Hagerstown policeman, made an unsuccessful escape attempt last Sunday from the Maryland State Penitentiary in Baltimore, where he is incarcerated. Unger and a fellow inmate, climbed a 12-foot barbed wire fence, surrounding an infirmary annex under construction on the prison grounds and then raised themselves on a scaffold to the roof of the annex, but were discovered before they could leave the prison grounds. The escape attempt was Unger’s third, all unsuccessful, from state penal institutes since his murder conviction besides repeated escapes from county jails.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Davis, Greencastle, announce the engagement of their daughter, Vickie Davis, to Bob Chesnut, son of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Chesnut, Hustontown.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Mellott of Warfordsburg on December 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gary A. Johnston of McConnellsburg on January 2.

Marriage licenses: Ross Wendell Henry, McConnellsburg, and Kerin Elaine Mann, McConnellsburg; Dwight Matthew Fischer, Crsytal Spring, and Tammra Marie Swope, Waterfall.

Deaths: D. Blanche Lynch, Warfordsburg; Mrs. Rosie Musto, McConnellsburg; Pleasant M. Dyer, Hancock; Woodrow R. Lake, Waynesboro; Mrs. Dorothy E. Parson, Shade Gap; John R. Pittman, St. Thomas; Leslie R. Latshaw, Duncansville; Clarence Keefer, Mercersburg.

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