Police log

April 09, 1997

Smoke detector alerts family to fire

A smoke detector alerted a family to a fire in their Smithsburg-area home early Wednesday, fire officials said.

The blaze at 13231 Mount Zion Road caused an estimated $30,000 in damage to the home, and $10,000 in damage to possessions, State Deputy Fire Marshal K. Arthur McGhee said.

No one was hurt, McGhee.

The fire was caused by a deteriorated stove pipe that connected to the chimney, McGhee said.

McGhee said Gary Lee McPheson and his family were able to escape the two-story, wood-frame, single-family home after they were awakened shortly after 4 a.m. by the sound of the smoke alarm.

They awoke to find fire in the area of a woodstove, called 911, and escaped the home unharmed, McGhee said.

The fire was put out within 20 minutes by 10 firefighters from Smithsburg and Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., fire officials said.


Counterfeit lamps found in area

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County Crime Solvers says counterfeit copies of art glass lamps manufactured in Romania are being put in consignment in local shops and sold as genuine antiques for more than $1,000.

The pieces are exact copies of turn of the century lamps and bear fictitious signatures on the top and base, Crime Solvers said.

A recent example was a lamp inscribed with the names of "Daum Nancy" and "Galle."

The fake lamps have been sold in Frederick, Hagerstown and Baltimore, Crime Solvers said.

Shops that sell the fraudulent goods can be prosecuted on theft charges, Crime Solvers said.

Man charged after cemetery accident

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An 18-year-old was charged with auto theft after crashing a car into several headstones in Lincoln Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, according to a Chambersburg Borough Police report.

Duane A. Ford, 18, address unknown, was apprehended after going through Lincoln Cemetery near 71 Brunbaugh Ave., police said.

A 1989 Oldsmobile was taken from Penney Savers Car Care lot at 77 Kyle Avenue at 12:34 p.m. The driver fled east on Catherine Street at a high rate of speed, police said.

Ford was in to Franklin County Prison on bail , police said.

Police probe Pa. house burglary

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating Guilford Township burglary in which money, a lock box, baseball cards and a camera were taken.

Police suspect the burglary happened between 8:50 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at 1592 Cider Press Road, the report states.

The home was entered by forcing open a door to the kitchen area, police said. Furniture was disturbed in several rooms, according to the report.

Motorbiker leads police on chase

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man on a motorbike led West Virginia State Police on a chase before escaping across a field Tuesday evening.

Trooper Aaron Zaltzman said he spotted the man on the dirt bike on W.Va. 9 near Jefferson Avenue.

He motioned for the man to pull to the side of the road because the biker was not wearing a helmet as required by law and the bike did not have tags, Zaltzman said.

Instead, the man made an obscene gesture and made a U-turn in front of oncoming cars, traveling west on W.Va. 9, the trooper said.

The police officer pursued him as the man weaved in and out of traffic on the bike, Zaltzman said.

The biker changed directions again about five miles later and headed back into Charles Town, Zaltzman said.

The biker drove into a field near Kabletown Road and the chase was called off, he said.

Police officers learned from a passing motorist the identity of the man after the motorist recognized him, Zaltzman said. Police were still searching for the biker on Wednesday.

Missing teen returned to home

Police said a missing 17-year-old resident of Cedar Ridge Children's Home on Cedar Ridge Road was found and returned to the home Wednesday.

Washington County sheriff's deputies said Christopher Barthelow walked off the grounds of the Marshall Street Educational Center in Hagerstown at 3 p.m. last Friday.

He was supposed to board a bus back to Cedar Ridge, police said.

Costume jewelry found in Md.

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - On Tuesday a cardboard container containing costume jewelry was found on Dearspring Road near Holter Road in Middletown, Maryland State Police in Frederick reports.

Officers are looking for the owner. Anyone with information on the jewelry may call state police at 301-663-3101.

2 injured in crash

CARROLLTON MANOR, Md. - Two Adamstown, Md., residents were injured Wednesday morning when the car in which they were riding struck a utility pole at New Design Road and Manor Woods Road, Maryland State Police said.

The driver, Donnovan Hanes, 23, was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. The passenger, Donna Tenry, 39, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in fair condition Wednesday night.

According to police, the 1984 Buick Century was traveling north on New Design Road at about 8:40 when it struck the pole and spun around in the roadway. Both victims were trapped in the vehicle, police said.

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