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Police log

April 01, 1997

Teen charged with delinquency

A 13-year-old Hagerstown boy was charged with delinquency after a window on a parked Dodge van was punched out on Sunday, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

The incident allegedly occurred at about 9:15 p.m. at the Townhouse Manor complex, 55 Manor Drive, police said.

The boy got in an argument with a maintenance worker before the van's window was broken, police said.

The teen was released to his mother's custody, police said.

Man charged after shotgun incident

A Hagerstown man was arrested Monday night after his brother was threatened with a shotgun during an argument, according to the Hagerstown City Police.

The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m., police said.

Harry Alger, 22, of 140 E. North St., was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and openly carrying a firearm following the 10 p.m. incident, police said.

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He was being held on $5,000 bond Tuesday morning at the Washington County Detention Center.

Police said Harry Alger and his brother Jason Alger, 20, were arguing outside their home when the window to Harry Alger's car was knocked out, police said.

Harry Alger went into the house and got a shotgun, police said. The gun was not loaded when police checked it, according to authorities.

Police capture wanted man

FOGELSVILLE, Pa. - Police captured a man wanted on rape charges in Washington County after his car crashed in Fogelsville just west of Allentown, Pa., Tuesday morning, according the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Samuel Oral Thorne, age and address unavailable, was charged with attempted 2nd-degree rape, 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-degree sex offense, perverted practice and 2nd- degree assault, deputies said.

Pennsylvania State Police went to an accident scene at about 6:50 a.m., deputies said. An officer with the Upper Saucan Police Department noticed that the vehicle matched the description given by the Washington County authorities.

The man gave alias names to Pennsylvania State Police troopers, but authorities learned his identity after the sheriff's department faxed them a photo, deputies said.

Thorne's arrest stems from an incident at Motel 6 near the Valley Mall on Feb. 15, deputies said.

City laundromat is damaged

Someone tore plastic knobs off of seven washing machines and burned a hole in a vending machine at Laundromat on West Washington Street Sunday night, Hagerstown City Police said today.

The person also stole $50 worth of candy bars from the laundry at 625 W. Washington St., police said.

The cost of repairing the washing machines will be $70, police said. Damage to the vending machine was estimated at $50.

Cause of fire undetermined

There's not enough physical evidence to determine what caused the fire at a local recycling drop-off center Monday afternoon, Hagerstown fire officials decided Tuesday.

It took Hagerstown firefighters four hours to put out the fire, which destroyed a storage room full of recycled paper rolls at Hagerstown Recycling and Trucking, 601 Mitchell Ave., fire officials said.

"Because we had to destroy a lot of evidence to suppress the fire, it's almost impossible for the investigators to conduct a serious, legitimate investigation," Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said in a telephone interview late Tuesday.

At this point, fire officials are leaving the cause as "undetermined," Hawbaker said.

The investigation will continue, however, with fire officials looking to the public for leads into the fire's cause, he said.

Anyone with information should call the city fire marshal's office at 790-2476.

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