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April 29, 1997

Bike cop catches Hagerstown man

A Hagerstown man wasn't fast enough late Saturday to outrun a Hagerstown City Police officer on his bicycle as he left the scene of a robbery on Church Street, police said.

Officer Bradley Helman apprehended Wesley Darnell Burnett shortly after the 11:02 p.m. incident in the first block of West Church Street.

Burnett, 23, of 11321 Youngstoun Drive, was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond. He was charged with robbery.


The victim told Helman he was walking when Burnett allegedly came up and took money from his hand.

Hagerstown man charged with theft

A Hagerstown man was charged with theft early Sunday after he tried to cash a check stolen from a Corbett Street woman Saturday evening, Hagerstown City Police said.

Douglas Craig Tedrick, 31, of 149 N. Potomac St., was jailed on $5,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center

The woman told officers her purse was taken from her vehicle when it was parked in the 500 block of Chestnut Street Saturday, according to police.

The purse contained credit cards, a checkbook and $258 in cash, police said.

At 12:12 a.m., Maryland State Police told city police they had a suspect in custody at a convenience store on the Sharpsburg Pike.

Fire damages Hagerstown house

An afternoon fire caused heavy smoke and heat damage to a one-story house in Hagerstown Monday, fire officials said.

No one was home at 445 Mitchell Ave. when the fire started, officials said. Assistant Fire Marshal John Hersh, who ruled the fire accidental, said the blaze started after 1 p.m. in a trash can in the kitchen closet.

Hersh said owner Bradley D. Berchock's wife had just taken an item to him at work when he got a call that his house was on fire.

Battalion Chief Richard T. Hopkins said heat and smoke from the fire caused heavy damage throughout the house. But little smoke was visible from outside, he said. In fact, he said he could not tell which house was on fire until he got out of his vehicle.

"When we got here, there was not a lot of smoke evident, but you could smell it," he said. "I was looking for something fairly evident and I didn't find it."

Hopkins said a lack of ventilation because of closed windows may have prevented the fire from spreading more quickly.

Hersh said the cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

Accident injures W.Va. woman

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A Shepherdstown woman was injured Monday night in a two-vehicle accident on W.Va. 45, east of Shepherdstown as she pulled out of a driveway into the path of an oncoming car, said West Virginia State Police.

Debra D. Sandlin, 39, was taken by Shepherdstown ambulance to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., said Trooper S.T. Dillon.

She was turning east onto W.Va. 45 when a car traveling west, driven by Kirk Stotler, 24, of Hedgesville, W.Va., struck her truck in the side at 8:41 p.m., Dillon said.

Sandlin was charged with failure to yield the right of way, Dillon said.

W.Va. man charged with child abuse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with domestic battery and child abuse after a 5-year-old boy reported that he was hit and kicked by his father, according to Magistrate Court records.

Dennis Michael Blubaugh, 42, of 223 Porter Avenue, was charged after police responded to a domestic dispute on Porter Avenue Saturday, court records said.

Police said they noticed redness and abrasions to the boy's face, according to court records.

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