Police log

July 01, 1997

Man injured in fall from city building

A man was critically injured Monday evening when he fell from a window on West Antietam Street, authorities said.

Hagerstown City Police Sgt. Richard Reynolds said police were not releasing the man's name until they get a chance to talk to him. A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said the man was in critical condition Monday night.

Sara Snyder said she was leaving her job at District Court at about 6 p.m. when she saw a man falling in front of 21 W. Antietam St.

"I just saw him in mid-air," she said. "I've never seen anything like that in my life."

Snyder said she immediately hit her brakes and stopped her car in the parking lot across the street. She ran to the man while another passerby called 911.


Snyder said she believed the man fell from a third-story window.

Reynolds said the matter is under investigation.

Fire damages Keedysville house

KEEDYSVILLE - A single-story house was damaged Monday afternoon when fire started in a back bedroom, according to officials from the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co.

The house, located at 5812 Mount Briar Road south of Keedysville sustained smoke damage to two back bedrooms, said Sgt. Ernest Shoemaker.

Shoemaker said firefighters put the fire out in about 10 minutes and kept it from spreading to the rest of the house.

"That saved a lot of damage," he said.

Shoemaker said the fire began at about 3:45 p.m. The state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause, he said.

Fire destroys W. Va. storage shed

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A fire that ignited in a storage shed on Butts Mill Road Monday night was nearly out by the time firefighters arrived, according to the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co.

Rescue Chief Bob Wise said firefighters arrived at W.Va. 4 Box 54 N at about 9:30 p.m. He said volunteers who live near the shed showed up first and one of the residents turned a garden hose on the blaze.

Wise estimated damage at about $3,000. He said the shed is about 100 feet from a house owned by James Barnhart.

Wise said the 10-by-12-foot storage shed contained chain saws and other tools. None of the equipment was damaged and damage to the structure was limited by aluminum siding, he said.

Wise said the biggest concern was a propane tank that was about 10 feet from the shed. But he said firefighters prevented the fire from spreading.

Man injured as car overturns

URBANA, Md. - A Clarksburg, Md., man was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Monday after he lost control of his car on Md. 355, and the car overturned and struck a guardrail, Maryland State Police said.

Christopher Deprenda, 21, was in serious but stable condition Monday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to police, Deprenda was headed south on Md. 355 at about 5:45 p.m. when his vehicle went out of control south of Campus Drive, crossed into the northbound lane and struck a tree. The vehicle then went back into the southbound lane, overturned and struck a guardrail.

The impact partially ejected Deprenda, police said.

Knife fight leaves 2 girls injured

HUYETTS - A name-calling incident three months ago may have triggered a knife fight in which two teenage girls were injured late Sunday at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 63, according to Maryland State Police.

Angela Farris, 18, of 211 N. Mulberry St., was charged with first-degree assault. She was expected to turn herself in to police Monday.

Farris was treated at Washington County Hospital for stab wounds to the arm and leg, police and hospital officials confirmed. She was later released.

The 15-year-old girl also was treated at Washington County Hospital for stab wounds on her wrists, police said. She was charged with first-degree assault and released to the custody of her parents, police said.

Trooper 1st Class M.A. Speak responded to the scene at 10:49 p.m. and learned that the two girls had been in vehicles that were stopped at the intersection.

Speak said the 15-year-old had first been stabbed twice in the wrists and then took the knife and stabbed Farris in the leg and arm.

Farris was interviewed at the scene, police said. The younger girl had already been taken to the hospital by friends, police said.

Cash, checks stolen from store

A clerk at the AC&T gas/convenience store at 1612 Wesel Boulevard told Hagerstown City Police Sunday that a large amount of cash and traveler's checks were stolen from the store safe.

Police said the clerk told them she was in the store at 10:32 a.m. Sunday when two women and a man came in. The theft apparently occurred while she was distracted by two of the customers.

The three left in a royal blue late model four-door car, either a Ford Taurus or Mercury Mystique, police said. The car displayed no tags, police said.

The three were described only as Hispanic.


Attempted break-in reported at car wash

On Sunday, workers at the Dual Highway Car Wash at 300 E. Franklin St. told Hagerstown City Police that someone attempted to break into the office but with no success.

Chain saw stolen from vehicle

A Stihl chain saw, valued at $240, was taken Sunday from a vehicle parked to the rear of 412 Freemont St., according to Hagerstown City Police.

Items taken from Potomac Street home

Cash, clothing and a safe valued at $520 were taken from a home at 109 S. Potomac St. Friday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

A door was forced to gain entry, police said.

Florida man charged after traffic stop

A Florida man pushed a police officer and then tried to run away after his car was stopped in the West End on Sunday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Troy Lorone Barrington, 19, was charged with second-degree assault, giving a false name to police and numerous traffic offenses, police said.

According to police, Barrington's car was pulled over on Lanvale Street at about 5 p.m. in connection with several traffic offenses.

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