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Police log

March 04, 1997

Electrical fire destroys sign

An electrical fire destroyed a sign outside Days Inn on Dual Highway Tuesday night, fire officials said.

Battalion Chief C. Kingsley Poole said fire units arrived at 900 Dual Highway shortly after 7 p.m. and put out the fire. He estimated damage at about $50,000.

"The building wasn't in danger," he said. "But it was burning. It made for an interesting sight for a short time there on the Dual Highway."

Poole said units remained on the scene for about an hour.

Two escape from VisionQuest

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Police in Franklin County, Pa., were on the lookout for two escapees from VisionQuest Tuesday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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Police described one of the escapees as a black male, 5-foot-7-inches tall, 140 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a gray sweatshirt, black jeans and white sneakers or brown boots, police said.

The other escapee was described as a black male, 5-foot-5-inches tall, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue sweat pants, a purple shirt and brown boots. He has a scar of a dog bite on the calf of his left leg and a tattoo on his left shoulder, police said.

No other details were available.

VisionQuest is a juvenile detention facility for nonviolent youths.

Jury indicts man on firearm counts

ELKINS, W.Va. - A federal grand jury indicted a Martinsburg, W.Va., man Tuesday on five counts of firearms possession, according to a statement released by U.S. Attorney William D. Wilmoth.

Emory J. Nestor Jr., 38, of 609 Butts Trailer Court, was charged with having a weapon on five dates in 1996: April 20, April 25, May 8, May 25 and May 28, according to the statement. Nestor had previously been convicted of crime that carried a sentence longer than one year, the statement said.

If convicted, Nestor faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each count, the statement said.

The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Student takes knife to school

SMITHSBURG - The Washington County Sheriff's Department Tuesday investigated an incident in which a Smithsburg High School student took a knife to school, deputies said.

A 15-year-old boy allegedly displayed the knife to several students, police said.

The student was released to his parents, deputies said.

Woman charged with pot possession

WILLIAMSPORT - A Hampton, Va., woman whose car overturned on Interstate 81 Tuesday was charged with drug possession, Maryland State Police said.

Sandra Rae Devilbiss, 44, of 2910 Three Chart Road, was charged with possession of marijuana, police said.

Devilbiss' 1995 Toyota Corolla was traveling north on I-81 at about 6:20 p.m. when it crossed the center line, struck the median strip and overturned, police said.

Man keeps deputies at bay

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick area resident barricaded himself in a shed for several hours Tuesday and threatened to kill himself before surrendering, authorities said.

Frederick County sheriff's deputies and Frederick City Police officers were sent to a home on Lori Road at about 3:20 p.m. to arrest a man on a felony theft warrant, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

The man held officers at bay with a shotgun. Negotiators from the Sheriff's Department talked with the man for more than three hours before he surrendered to deputies, police said.

The man was turned over to Frederick City Police and was then taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for emergency evaluation, police said.

Two injured in head-on collision

Two people were hurt Tuesday morning in a head-on collision at the intersection of Leitersburg Pike and Longmeadow Road, Maryland State Police said.

The intersection was closed for at least an hour following the 8:30 a.m. accident.

A Buick was pulling from Longmeadow Road when an eastbound Subaru on Leitersburg Pike swerved to miss the Buick and hit a westbound Ford coupe head-on, police said.

Trooper 1st Class T.J. McKenrick was investigating the accident.

McKenrick was not available for comment on Tuesday and state police officials said they did not have his report.

Details of the accident were not available.

Landfill building damaged by vandals

Damage was extensive Monday at the Washington County Landfill on the Greencastle Pike when vandals broke into the scale house, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Windows were broken, a fire extinguisher was set off inside the building, and paint was put on the walls, deputies said.

Bus driver, others escape injury

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A bus driver and seven students escaped injury Monday afternoon when their bus skidded on a slush-covered road and hit an embankment on Pa. 655 in Dublin Township.

Pennsylvania State Police said the 2 p.m. accident occurred when the bus was traveling south on Pa. 655. The bus driver, Rebecca Sue Shore, lost control of the bus in slushy conditions, police said.

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