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Police log

September 11, 1997

Wood pile blaze ruled arson

FAIRPLAY - A fire that caused $3,000 damage to a wood pile at a business on Lappans Road late Tuesday night has been ruled arson, according to the state fire marshal's office.

Charles Cronauer, a spokesman for the office, said a stack of rough cut lumber burned for about two hours outside Shook Excavation & Hauling. The fire, which began near a saw mill shortly after 10 p.m., was discovered by a passing motorist, he said.

There were no injuries or other damage, Cronauer said.

Anyone with information about the fire can contact the arson hotline at 1-800-492-7529.

City man charged with auto theft

A Hagerstown man who allegedly stole a car Wednesday was charged after the car he was in was involved in a traffic accident, Hagerstown City Police said.

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Michael Vincent Williamson, 23, of the 400 block of West Franklin Street, was charged with auto theft, police said. He was being held at police headquarters pending a bond review hearing this morning.

According to police, a brown, 1990 Chrysler Imperial was stolen at about 7:30 p.m. from the parking lot of the County Market on West Hillcrest Road. A few minutes later, the car was involved in an accident in the 100 block of West Church Street, police said.

The driver fled the scene on foot, but Williamson, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested, police said.

Police investigating satellite dish theft

ROCKY RIDGE, Md. - Police are investigating the theft of a satellite dish that occurred on Wednesday, Maryland State Police said.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., a Prime Star satellite dish was stolen from the yard of 14127 C Frushour Road, police said. The dish is valued at $150.

Anyone with information can call the Maryland State Police at 301-663-3101.

W.Va. woman hurt in I-81 accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., woman was injured Wednesday morning when her car skidded off the west edge of Interstate 81 in the northbound lane, West Virginia State Police said.

Kelly Plotner, 18, was in serious condition Wednesday night at Washington County Hospital. She was cited for traveling too fast for roadway conditions, police said.

The vehicle was heading north on I-81 at about 8 a.m. when it traveled off the road and struck a tree, police said.

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