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February 03, 1997

Kerosene lamp starts house fire

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A kerosene lamp sitting up against curtains on the second floor of a Greene Knolls Development home started a fire Monday night that caused severe damage, said Fayetteville Deputy Fire Chief Bob Albrecht.

The Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 75 Laurel Drive at 8:04 p.m. to a heavy fire on the second floor, Albrecht said. The owner of the tri-level home, William Minzer, who was home at the time, called the fire department. There were no injuries.

Fayetteville, Franklin, New Franklin and Mont Alto Fire departments responded to the call and extinguished the fire in 15 minutes, Albrecht said.


Two bedrooms and an upstairs hallway were severely damaged and there was extensive smoke damage throughout the home, Albrecht said. Damage is estimated at $45,000.

Two hospitalized after accident

FOXVILLE, Md. - Two people remained hospitalized Monday following a Sunday night accident on Foxville Road.

Harold Elmer Fraley, 73, of 11535 Englewood Road, was flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was in critical condition Monday.

The passenger in his car, Louise Loretta Lowry, 69, same address, was in fair condition Monday at Washington County Hospital.

According to Trooper 1st Class Thomas Staley, the Hagerstown man was driving west on Md. 77 around 8:30 p.m. when his 1993 Oldsmobile struck a trailer that had become unhinged from an eastbound pickup truck.

The truck was driven by Grant Thomas Craft, 26, of 12145 Wolfsville Road in Myersville, police said.

Stolen car found

A car found abandoned Monday morning in the parking lot of a Wesel Boulevard shopping center was stolen three days ago in Baltimore, Hagerstown City Police said.

The 1988 Oldsmobile had some damage around a door where the thieves apparently broke into the vehicle, police said.

Towed to the police compound, the car will be turned over to its owner.

Police probe weekend incidents

Police investigated a number of incidents over the weekend in Washington County.

The incidents included:

  • Washington County sheriff's deputies investigated the theft of $500 in tools on East Sunset Avenue, Williamsport.
  • A stereo and CD player, worth $250, were taken from a vehicle in the 100 block of South Main Street in Boonsboro, deputies said.
  • Hagerstown City Police were called to North Hagerstown High School for a tire slashing.
  • Thefts were reported from vehicles at 301 Key St., the rear of 1330 Delaware, 26 S. Mulberry, 671 Highland Way and on Potomac Avenue, police said.
  • A color television, valued at $400, was taken from the DeafNet office at 339 W. Howard St.

Child found in car with mom, drugs

FREDERICK, Md. - A 4-year-old child found late Sunday in a car in which cocaine was allegedly being used by his mother and another person has been handed over to relatives, Frederick City Police said.

The child's mother, Mary E. Bernsten, 36, of the first block of Bay Drive, Annapolis, was charged with possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, unregistered and unlicensed vehicle and a child safety seat violation, police said.

The other adult passenger, Robert A. Vaughn, 27, of the 400 block of East 4th Street, was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said.

The car was stopped at 10:41 p.m. on North Market Street by bicycle patrol officers who noticed the rear tag was homemade.

A soda can containing cocaine residue was found between the bucket seats.

Md. warehouse burglary foiled

Someone tried to get into the General Electric Co. building at 18212 Shawley Drive Sunday afternoon but were thwarted, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

Deputy Johnny Marshall arrived at 4:32 p.m. in response to a burglar alarm. He found someone had tried to get into a warehouse and damaged a lock.

Hunting equipment stolen from truck

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Someone broke into a pickup truck and stole nearly $1,000 worth of hunting equipment Sunday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The burglar stole a compound bow and accessories valued at $990, police said. The Ford F150 pickup was not locked, police said.

Man charged in domestic shooting

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman told authorities her boyfriend pointed a pistol at her Sunday night and fired the gun several times, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Police found four bullet holes in the woman's apartment at 124 S. Raleigh St., court records said. Police also found a .22-caliber pistol, court records said.

Raymond Ray Hamilton Jr., 47, of 323 S. Maple Ave., was arrested and charged with domestic assault and wonton endangerment with a firearm, according to court records.

The incident allegedly occurred about 7:45 p.m.

Search on for man

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Police and rescue personnel were searching a remote area near Tomahawk Monday for a missing 32-year-old man, said Cpl. Richard Copenhaver of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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