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September 25, 1997

Fire damages cabin in Berkeley County

BAKER HEIGHTS, W.Va. - Fire heavily damaged a cabin on Mount Olive Road Wednesday night, according to a Berkeley County dispatcher.

The fire was called in 8:19 p.m. and was reported under control at 9:35 p.m. Firefighters from the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Co. and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center responded to the blaze, along with the TAC 90 unit.

The dispatcher reported that the cabin was not occupied at the time and the fire was called in by the daughter of the property owner.


Bicyclist airlifted after being hit

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a boy riding a bicycle was struck by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon and flown to a hospital by Life Lion helicopter.

The accident happened at 4:10 p.m. at 1813 Orrstown Road, according to Franklin County Emergency Communications. As of Wednesday night, however, state police had not released the name of the youth or any other details of the accident.

Pedestrian struck by car in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police said a man was taken to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday night near the Berkeley County Humane Society on W.Va. 9.

According to police, the man was struck at 8:14 p.m. and the driver of the vehicle called in the accident. The investigating officer had not returned to the barracks as of late Wednesday night and the identity of the man and the extent of his injuries were unknown.

Motorist injured in one-vehicle wreck

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A motorist was flown to a hospital following a one-vehicle accident on W.Va. 45 West in Jefferson County Wednesday night.

A county 911 dispatcher said the accident happened at 8:23 p.m. near Brown's Tire Towing and Auto Care Center. The investigating officer had not returned to the barracks as of late Wednesday night and the identity of the injured person, details of the accident and where the person was taken were unavailable.

Strong-arm robbery suspect caught

A strong-arm robbery suspect was captured Wednesday morning at Summit Avenue and Baltimore Street just minutes after he allegedly knocked one woman down and then accosted another, stealing her purse as she walked to work downtown, Hagerstown City Police said.

John August Biedenback Jr., 36, of 14205 Windy Haven Road, Smithsburg, has been charged with one count each of attempted robbery, robbery and theft, and two counts of assault, according to Officer Dave Long.

The first incident occurred in the first block of West Franklin Street when the man allegedly knocked a woman down while trying to get her purse, police said.

Police responding to that first incident learned that the second woman had just been robbed and a witness was chasing the robber, Long said.

Police joined the chase on Prospect Street, catching up to the man behind the Hagerstown Bible Church.

He was brought back to the scene of the crime so the victim could identify him, police said.

The second purse was recovered. "That victim hit her assailant with her lunch bag when he took her purse,'' Long said.

Neither woman was injured, police said.

Biedenback was expected to go before a bond commissioner sometime Wednesday.

Pair sought in mall theft investigation

Thieves hit O'Connell's Jewelers in the Valley Mall Monday night to the tune of $30,000, Maryland State Police said.

"We are looking for two people who were in the store at the time of the theft and who may have information,'' said Sgt. G.R. Turano.

The man was described as a black male with stocky build. The woman is a light-skinned black.

The clerk told police those two people were the last customers before closing time at 8:55 p.m.

Anyone with information about the robbery or those possible witnesses is asked to call MSP at 301-739-2101.

Stereo taken from car at high school

A $500 stereo was taken from a car parked in the Williamsport High School parking lot Tuesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Another car sustained $300 damage but wasn't entered, deputies said.

Maugansville school sprayed with graffiti

Graffiti was discovered on the outside of Maugansville Elementary School Tuesday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Damage was $100.

$400 canoe stolen near Williamsport

An aluminum Ocheca canoe, valued at $400, was taken from 11237 Kemps Mill Road near Williamsport Tuesday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Cigarettes swiped from Food Lion

About $2,000 worth of cigarettes was reported stolen from the Food Lion grocery store along Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police have suspects in the case.

Paving company fire dubbed suspicious

A small fire Tuesday at the Craig Paving Co. on Hump Road is being described as suspicious, according to a fire official.

The 5:40 p.m. fire started in a bathroom at the building, said Doug DeHaven, deputy fire chief of the Halfway Fire Co.

The fire did not cause any damage, DeHaven said.

Cell phone snatched from Smithsburg car

A cellular phone valued at $200 was taken from a car in Smithsburg between Monday and Tuesday, police said.

The theft occurred in front of 31 Maple Avenue, police said.

Anyone with information about the theft can contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

5 charged with possession of pot

FREDERICK, Md. - Four teenagers and another man were charged with possession of marijuana Tuesday after a Frederick police officer noticed an odor of pot at the Baker Park covered bridge, police said.

Officer Michael Pue noticed the smell of marijuana when he rode through the area on a bike. Pue saw five people loitering on the bridge, and he later determined that they had been smoking pot, according to Frederick Police.

Charged were a 17-year-old Frederick boy, a 16-year-old Frederick boy, two 15-year-old Frederick boys and Divay Jackson, 18, of South Pendleton Court, Frederick, said police.

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