Police log

August 21, 1997

Tenants save selves from apartment fire

Tenants of a three-story apartment house at 228 Summit Ave. helped evacuate one another Wednesday afternoon after discovering smoke coming from one of the apartments.

A fire that started on the stove gutted the kitchen and caused heavy smoke damage to the rest of the apartment, said Hagerstown fire officials.

Some of the other apartments might have received light smoke damage from the 3:53 p.m. fire, said Fire Capt. Kyd Dieterich.


The resident at the second-floor apartment on the south side of the building where the fire occurred was not home, fire officials said.

Paula King, 23, who lives in the apartment above where the fire occurred, said she noticed smoke when she looked out a window. King said she grabbed her three small children and alerted neighbors across the hall, who banged on doors to get the remaining tenants outside.

Fire Marshal Tom Brown said the fire was still under investigation on Wednesday.

W.Va. man beaten, robbed by juveniles

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A Jefferson County man was beaten up and his car stolen early Wednesday morning by three juveniles who told him they needed a ride to the hospital.

West Virginia State Police said the three unnamed boys went to the home of Paul Miller IV, 24, in the Blue Ridge Acres subdivision at about 12:30 a.m. claiming they needed to get to the hospital. Somewhere near the Keyes Ferry subdivision, the youths attacked Miller and stole the vehicle.

Police said Miller was treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital for head injuries, but was not seriously hurt. The police would not say whether the three had been captured.

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