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Police log

July 22, 1997

Man inhales pool chemicals

BOONSBORO - A man was hospitalized shortly after inhaling swimming pool chemicals on Monday, rescue officials said.

Paramedics from the Boonsboro Volunteer Rescue Co. arrived at Shook Excavation and Hauling Inc. shortly after the 9:23 p.m. incident, officials said.

The unidentified man, who ingested chlorine, was taken to Washington County Hospital, officials said.

Restored house destroyed by fire

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A house under renovation was destroyed in a fire Monday morning on Chestnut Hill Road in the Silver Grove area, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the blaze, said Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Chief Scott Knill.

Firefighters from Blue Ridge Mountain and Friendship fire companies were on the scene for about three hours, but the house was a total loss, he said.

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The Silver Grove area is about two miles south of U.S. 340, he said.

Teen arrested on gun charges

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 16-year-old Chambersburg boy was arrested Sunday after several witnesses told police they saw him display a small handgun and threaten to shoot someone, according to Chambersburg Police.

Police said they recovered a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun from the teenager at 10 Hemlock Circle at 12:42 a.m.

Police charged the teenager with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm by a juvenile, and altering marks of identification. Police said the serial numbers on the handgun had been filed off.

The teenager was placed in juvenile detention.

Electric fence suspected in fire

MARTINSBURG - An electric fence may have started a brush fire that blackened about two acres of a field Monday afternoon.

The owners of the home were not at home at the time and neighbors spotted the blaze around 4:42 p.m., said Bedington Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Robert Robinson.

The property on W.Va. 45 East is owned by M.C. Kisner.

Robinson said dry grass may have brushed up against the electric cattle fence that caused the fire. It was under control in about 10 minutes and was out in 20, Robinson said.

Bedington firefighters were assisted by two brush trucks from Shepherstown and Baker Heights. The TAC 90 unit from the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services also responded.

Robinson said no one was injured.

Man's condition upgraded to serious

The condition of a Landover, Md., man pulled from the lake at Greenbrier State Park on Saturday night has been upgraded from critical to serious, according to a Washington County Hospital spokesman.

Willie Roger Lewis, 49, was rushed to the hospital Saturday night after being dragged to the shore, officials have said.

Lewis fell in the water after having a stroke, said Patty Manown, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.

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