Police log

September 26, 1997

Boonsboro man burned in trailer fire

A Boonsboro man was burned in a fire in the mobile home he shares with his twin brother at 2348 Boteler Road in Brownsville at 1:09 a.m. Thursday, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor.

Taylor said a neighbor who went outside to smoke a cigarette saw smoke coming from the mobile home air conditioner vent. Taylor said he broke in when he was unable to wake the brothers, and found Robert Myers with smoke coming from his lower body and the seat cushion on which he was sitting.

Taylor said the neighbor put out the fire with a bowl of water and dragged Robert Myers from the mobile home. He then awakened Richard Myers and got him out of the home. Richard Myers was not hurt, Taylor said.


Robert Myers was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Washington, D.C., Taylor said. His condition could not be determined Thursday morning.

Taylor said Robert Myers is believed to have caught himself on fire when he fell asleep with a cigarette in his hand.

Thieves make 2 visits to city home

Burglars visited a home in the 10000 block of Bayberry Court in Hagerstown on Wednesday and then again early Thursday morning, when a resident heard someone in her basement and called police.

Washington County sheriff's deputies said the burglars first broke into the home while the resident was away late Wednesday, and took a 19-inch color TV and cable converter box from her basement.

Deputies said the thieves left the basement door unlocked so they could come back later for more.

The resident returned home and was watching TV upstairs when she heard someone in her basement about 3:45 a.m. Thursday, and called police.

Deputies said the woman locked the door leading from the upstairs to the basement when she heard someone coming up the steps. She said two other people were outside the house jiggling her doorknobs when she called police.

The thieves were gone when officers arrived less than 10 minutes later, deputies said. They had rifled through furniture in the basement, but had apparently taken nothing.

Four juveniles flee from VisionQuest

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Four juveniles remain at-large after escaping from VisionQuest Wednesday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The juveniles, one from California and the others from the Philadelphia area, headed northeast through the woods at about 7:45 p.m., according to police.

They were wearing sneakers, jeans, gray sweatshirts, and three of them were wearing black denim jackets.

The Maryland State Police helicopter and a tracker and dog assisted in the search, police said.

The camp, which houses troubled nonviolent youths, is not fenced.

Pa. bicyclist hurt in collison with car

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A 12-year-old Shippensburg, Pa., boy was flown to Hershey Medical Center Wednesday night after he collided with a vehicle and was thrown off of his bicycle, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The boy, operating a Huffy Omni 10-speed bicycle, was riding south through a yard and drove onto Orrstown Road at about 4 p.m. into the westbound path of a 1998 Buick Century Custom car driven by Kathryn Parsons of Shippensburg, police said.

The impact threw the boy and his bicycle onto the south side of the road, police said. He suffered injuries to his legs and abdomen, police said.

Pair of handguns taken from home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of two handguns worth $700 that were taken from a Newburg, Pa., home between Sept. 16 and 23.

The thieves pried open the basement door on the north side of the home at 8337 McClays Mill Road, according to police.

Once inside, two handguns were removed, including a black .357 Ruger Blackhawk with brown pistol grips and a 1958 .22 Ruger Wildcat, which has a wild cat engraved into one side and a bear on the other with a brass trigger guard and mahogany pistol grips, police said.

Police estimate $900 worth of damage was done to three doors on the home.

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