Police log

October 31, 1997

Teen suffers burns in W.Va. house fire

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A 16-year-old boy suffered first- and second-degree burns in a house fire early Thursday morning in the Lord Drake subdivision off U.S. 11.

The boy was treated and released from City Hospital in Martinsburg, according to a hospital spokeswoman who said she could not release his name. Bedington Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Robert Robinson said the boy was in a basement bedroom, where the fire is believed to have started.

"It's definitely not arson, but we're not real positive how it started," Robinson said. Thursday afternoon he said he had not yet talked to the youth.


Robinson said the fire was called in at 3:05 a.m. and destroyed the room and its contents, causing between $10,000 and $15,000 in damages to the house. There were no other injuries.

The boy suffered burns to his left leg, hands and feet, Robinson said. He said the house was being rented by Kevin Miller.

Bedington was assisted by firefighters from Williamsport, Robinson said. They were on the scene for about 21/2 hours.

Pa. teen bicyclist struck by pickup

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 14-year-old Fulton County, Pa., boy was struck by a pickup truck near his Buck Valley, Pa., home Thursday night and flown to Washington County Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition by an emergency room spokeswoman.

Joshua Hakakiam was riding his bicycle on a dark, rural road when he was struck, said Chief Denver "Buddy" Kerns of the Needmore Ambulance Department.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg had no details at press time.

Trick-or-treater hit by electrical truck

A Hagerstown trick-or-treater was hospitalized Thursday night after he darted between two parked cars and into the path of a truck on South Potomac Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

Justin Armstrong, 9, of the 300 block of South Locust Street, was taken to Washington County Hospital with head injuries shortly after the 7:23 p.m. accident. He was in fair condition Thursday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The truck, an Ellsworth Electric vehicle, was headed north when it struck the boy in the 800 block of South Potomac Street, Sgt. Ken Wasilius said. Wasilius said the driver, who was not identified, was so distraught that police drove him away from the scene.

Police seek man charged in robbery

Responding to a tip, Maryland State Police officers Thursday searched in Hagerstown for a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery and aggravated assault, authorities said.

Robert Crosby is wanted for armed robbery and aggravated assault relating to an incident in Hancock last month, police said.

Cpl. G.L. Barnhart said police failed to find Crosby in the Franklin Street area.

Crosby was being sought in connection with an incident in which police initially thought a woman was shot in the head. Later, they determined she had been struck in the head with the butt of a handgun, police said.

The incident was believed to be drug-related, state police said.

Crosby is described as a black male, 19 years old, medium complexion, thin build, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds. He sometimes goes by the names "Special" and "Eric," according to police.

Teacher facing porn charges

MYERSVILLE, Md. - A Myersville Elementary School teacher has been charged with possession of child pornography, which Maryland State Police alleged was obtained through a computer at the school.

Gary E. Booth, 33, of the 5700 block of Brook Hill Lane, in Frederick, Md., was charged Oct. 25 with possession of child pornography, police said.

Police said they believe a computer in a classroom was used to obtain the pornographic material. The incident allegedly occurred June 14.

State police investigators in the Computer Crimes Unit launched the investigation after they were contacted by the Frederick County State's Attorney's office, police said. A forensic examination of the computer was conducted and investigators obtained evidence that resulted in the charge.

If convicted, Booth could face up to three years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

S. African coin lost

The owner of a South African Krugerrand is hoping it will be returned.

The chain that had been attached to the one-ounce solid gold coin was found by the victim in the parking lot of United States Cellular, which is where she thinks she lost the $500 coin last Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Anyone with information about the coin may call 301-791-3020.

Stereo equipment swiped from car

Stereo equipment valued at $2,000 was taken Wednesday from a 1989 Honda parked at Valley Mall, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Businesses painted with graffiti

Graffiti was painted Wednesday on two Maugansville businesses - Wareheim Air Brakes and Maugansville Elevator and Lumber - Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Owner of donkey sought by police

A donkey was found wandering in the 13000 block of Spickler Road.

"We don't know who the owner is, so we are asking anyone who has lost a donkey to call us,'' said Sgt. Doug Mullendore of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The donkey, which is in good health, is being kept by a farmer until the owner is found.

Burgundy car stolen near Boonsboro

Maryland State Police are looking for a 1991 burgundy Plymouth Acclaim stolen from the 8000 block of Mapleville Road near Boonsboro Tuesday.

The four-door car has Md. tags DNT 928.

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