Police log

June 17, 1997

Child, 3, runs into path of van

A child ran into the path of a Dodge van in the 300 block of South Potomac Street Monday afternoon, Hagerstown City Police said.

Zachary Hutzell, 3, of 49 Madison Ave. in Hagerstown, was in fair condition Monday afternoon at Washington County Hospital.

According to police, he ran into the street at about 12:50 p.m. and hit the left corner of the southbound van driven by John Glenn Garvin, 34, of Falling Waters, W.Va.

Police discover dead man in house

MOUNT AIRY, Md. - Maryland State Police troopers discovered the body of a 57-year-old man in a house with more than a dozen dogs late Sunday, officials said.


Frank Akos Biro, of 13899 Foggy Bottom Court in Mount Airy, was dead when troopers arrived. Police have ruled out foul play in the death. Preliminary autopsy reports show he died from heart disease, police said.

Police also found a large number of dogs roaming free in the house. In all, 13 Dachshunds and a German shepherd were removed from the house, police said. They were taken to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Frederick County, Md.

Biro was involved in the breeding and boarding of Dachshunds, police said.

Anyone who was boarding a dog at the Biro residence may call the Maryland State Police at 301-662-1186 or 301-663-3101.

Fire damages house in Hancock

HANCOCK - A Monday morning house fire at 14639 Rice Road caused an estimated $185,000 in damages, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the 3:51 a.m. blaze that heavily damaged the single-family brick home, fire officials said. No one was home at the time of the fire.

The house is located off Interstate 68 east of the rest area, fire officials said. A passerby spotted the blaze and called the fire department.

The owners, Chester and Glen Ray, are insured, said Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Charles Cronauer. The cause was under investigation.

Firefighters from Hancock were assisted by Clear Spring, Little Orleans, Needmore, Pa., Berkeley Springs, W.Va., the Washington County Air Unit and Rehab Unit 255.

Fire destroys barn and its contents

MIDDLETOWN - More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed a barn and its contents Sunday evening, resulting in a $500,000 loss, according to Maryland State Fire Marshals.

The barn at 7134 Holter Road was owned by Leon Vernon Remsburg, who discovered the blaze around 8:30 p.m., according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Tim Warner.

The 75-by-150-foot building along with 150 bales of hay, 12 pieces of machinery, two tractors and tools were destroyed.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined. The owner was insured, Warner said.

Firefighters from Frederick and Washington counties responded.

Boy, 15, charged with fireworks possession

A 15-year-old boy was charged with possession of fireworks and driving without a license early Monday and charges also were filed against a passenger, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Deputies were behind a vehicle on Harwood Road just before 1 a.m. today when they saw lighted objects coming out of the driver's window.

When the object hit the road, it continued to spark and exploded when the cruiser ran over it, deputies said.

When deputies stopped the vehicle, they found the 15-year-old boy at the wheel. They also found 10 M-2000 firecrackers in the car, deputies said.

Ricky Lane Snyder, 43, of 401 Highland Ave., was also in the vehicle and was charged with possession of fireworks without a permit, throwing substance on the highway and permitting an unlicensed person to drive.

Little league stand burglarized again

For the second time in recent days, someone broke into American Little League's concession stand on Mill Street, this time taking about $22 in cash and $120 in candy, Hagerstown City Police said.

In other incidents handled by city police, an Isuzu pickup truck parked at 92 Manor Drive was entered Sunday and $1,800 in electronic equipment was taken.

Two toolboxes worth $420 were taken from a shed to the rear of 1029 Woodland Way Sunday.


Goat still at large after escape

A runaway billy goat that squeezed through a fence at Four States Livestock Sales Sunday remained on the loose late Monday.

Police received numerous calls Sunday evening about the goat, reportedly heading east on Wilson Boulevard at around 6 p.m., Hagerstown City Police said.

Anyone spotting the errant goat is asked to contact Jim Starliper at Four States at 301-733-8120.

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