Police News for May 3

May 03, 2004

Six hurt in Lancaster crash involving police officer

LANCASTER - A Lancaster police officer was involved in a crash on U.S. 27 Saturday that injured himself and five others, state police said.

Roy D. Gambrel, 29, was northbound in his police cruiser just after 11 p.m. "when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed into the (southbound) lane and struck" a van driven by Marcie Wells of Lancaster, Trooper Van Wright reported. Both vehicles sustained "severe" damage.

Gambrel, who suffered a broken nose and cuts, according to Lancaster Police Chief Ronnie Lamb, was treated and released at Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford.


Wells, 32, was admitted to Fort Logan Hospital for observation. Her passengers, Jose Franco, 33; Jose T. Franco, 13 months; Preston Wells, 11; and Jansen Penman, 13, were treated and released.

Woman's car stolen from Wal-Mart parking lot

A 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was taken from the Wal-Mart SuperCenter parking lot about 7:30 p.m. Friday, Danville police said. The vehicle, described as being in "very good condition," belongs to Carol J. Smith of Danville.

Casey man charged with endangerment

LIBERTY - A Casey County man has been charged after he allegedly pointed a weapon and held a female hostage Sunday morning, police said.

Jerry W. Johnson, 58, of Halon Young Road, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment.

He was lodged in Casey County Detention Center without bond.

State police and Casey County Sheriff's Department are investigating. Details of the incident were not available at presstime.

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