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Police log

April 25, 1997

Fire knocks out power to 650

A fire on East Wilson Boulevard knocked out power to 650 customers in the Oak Ridge area and four Hagerstown schools for almost 31/2 hours on Thursday.

A fire ignited along power lines and spread to a utility pole before 8:30 a.m., Allegheny Power spokeswoman Angenette Figueroa said. Officials were forced to shut off power at the Hammonds Crossroads substation until about 10:50 a.m., she said.

South Hagerstown High School, E. Russell Hicks Middle School, Emma K. Doub Elementary School and the Career Studies Center also lost power, officials said.

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In addition, Figueroa said some customers along Downsville Pike may have briefly lost power.

Figueroa said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A Washington County school system official said authorities decided not to close early at the affected schools because they were originally told the outage would only last about an hour.

Student suspended for grabbing teacher

BOONSBORO - A Boonsboro Middle School student allegedly put his arms around a seventh-grade art teacher's neck and pulled him off the ground Thursday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The 13-year-old boy, who lives in the Sharpsburg area, has been suspended for five days, authorities said.

Bonnie Martin, a spokeswoman for the school system, downplayed the incident. She said the teacher was not hurt and the student did not intend harm. The boy was suspended because of "inappropriate behavior," she said.

"It was not a malicious attack. It was a middle school kid goofing around," she said. "The teacher was not hurt. The teacher was surprised."

According to the Sheriff's Department, the boy walked up behind the teacher in the hallway at about 11 a.m. and put his hands around the teacher's neck. The boy then leaned backwards, lifting the teacher off the ground and held him for about five seconds, deputies said.

Deputies said the matter will be turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice for further investigation.

Fire destroys van, shed

FREDERICK, Md. - A fire destroyed a 1990 Chevrolet van and burned down a wood-frame shed Thursday morning, fire officials said.

A faulty electrical system caused the fire in the van shortly after 11 a.m., the state fire marshal's office said. The flames then spread to the 32-by-15-foot shed, authorities said.

Total damage was estimated at $35,000.

The vehicle, which was involved in an accident about a month ago, was thought to have a disconnected battery, fire investigators said. But authorities discovered the battery was connected, officials said.

About 12 firefighters from three departments put out the blaze in about 15 minutes, authorities said.

3 injured in fight with fists, knife

An apparent argument over a woman early Thursday escalated into a fight - with fists and a knife - that sent two men to the hospital, Hagerstown City Police said.

Detective Wayne Shank said he was working an overtime assignment at 12:34 this morning when his cruiser was flagged down in the 200 block of South Burhans Boulevard.

"I was told there was a fight going on inside,'' Shank said. As he pulled over, three men came out of the residence. All were bleeding, he said.

Eric Williams, 31, of Hagerstown, was treated at Washington County Hospital for cuts, Shank said. The former New York resident was later released.

Allen Ray Perry, 28, of Frederick, was also treated at the hospital but for injuries he sustained during a fistfight, Shank said. He too was later released.

Curtis Bernard, 21, of Hagerstown, refused treatment, Shank said. Bernard is also a former New York resident.

"I learned it started as a disagreement between Williams and Perry over a female,'' Shank said. "Bernard apparently jumped in to stop it.''

Shank said he hadn't charged anyone Thursday because he had not yet determined what actually happened.

Soda machine theft leads to charges

Five teens were arrested Wednesday morning after they allegedly stole money from a soda machine at Murray's Service Center at 101 E. Sunset Ave., Williamsport, police said.

The boys, aged 13 and 14, were released to their parents after they were charged with destruction of property, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

$60 taken from Clear Spring home

A door was pried open and $60 in cash was taken from a home at 15812 Clear Spring Road Wednesday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Gun fired at house on Exline Road

HANCOCK - Someone drove by a home at 13743 Exline Road late Monday and fired a rifle into the house, Maryland State Police said.

No one was hurt. No description of the vehicle was available, police said.

Woman injured in collision

Mt. AETNA - A Middletown, Md., woman was hospitalized Wednesday morning when her 1982 Ford collided with a 1987 Ford truck, Maryland State Police said.

Nancy Sue Templeton, 48, was in fair condition this morning at Washington County Hospital, a spokesman said.

According to police, the vehicle driven by Kenneth Schancklmeier, 60, of Alder, Mont., was eastbound on Interstate 70 at about 7:25 p.m.

Templeton's car came off the ramp from Md. 66 and crossed into Schancklmeier's lane, police said.

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