Police log

November 05, 1997

3 people escape from morning fire

Three people escaped unharmed early Tuesday morning from a fire at their 494 Mitchell Ave. home, believed to have started when a kerosene heater was mistakenly fueled with gasoline.

Steven Franklin awoke in his second-floor bedroom just before 12:43 a.m. and found fire burning all around the kerosene heater, according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown.

Franklin awoke Allen and Katie Canty, the other occupants, and all escaped unharmed, Brown said.

"We found a kerosene container on the porch that contained gasoline,'' Brown said.

The occupants reportedly received the heater and the fuel can as a gift from a friend, Brown said. They were apparently unaware the can contained gasoline instead of kerosene.


Damage to the building, owned by Benjamin Mock, will exceed $20,000, Brown said.

Women sought in third theft at mall

Two women are being sought for theft of $380 Monday from Shenk and Tittle sporting goods in the Valley Mall.

According to deputies, one woman distracted a clerk while the other took money from the cash register.

A similar scheme was pulled off Saturday at two other Valley Mall stores - Halloween Adventure and Suncoast Motion Pictures - according to Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Cooper.

In all three cases, the first thief took a small item to the counter, placed money on the desk and then asked for change, deputies said.

Speaking a foreign language, the first woman told the clerk she did not understand. She managed to get the clerk's back turned to the cash register while the second woman grabbed the money, deputies said.

* The first woman has a dark complexion, is 30 years old with long, dark hair in a ponytail. She stands 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a thin build and speaks with a foreign accent.

* The second woman also has a dark complexion and is between 50 and 60 years old. She has freckles on her face, long, dark hair with gray in it, stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall, is heavyset and speaks with a foreign accent.

Anyone with information can contact the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Man who fled policeremains jailed

A man stopped Sunday by Maryland State Police "stop sticks" while fleeing West Virginia State Police is still in jail.

Douglas Craig Tedrick, 42, of Martinsburg, W.Va., has been charged with possession of stolen property over $300, driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended and revoked, fleeing and eluding and numerous traffic violations, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center without bond Tuesday morning on the charges stemming from the chase. Bond was set at $50,000 on the stolen property charge.

Chased through Williamsport, the vehicle headed toward the Sharpsburg Pike with Washington County sheriff's deputies in pursuit. Maryland State Police troopers were waiting with the stop sticks on the Sharpsburg Pike.

Pistol reported stolen from van

A .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol was stolen from an unlocked work van Monday afternoon while it was parked at 18636 Northhaven St., Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

The nickel-plated gun has a black handle. It is worth $150.

40 teens, 3 adults lose way on hike

FREDERICK, Md. - A group of 40 teens and three adults went on a three-hour hike late Monday, causing Maryland State Police some concern when the weather turned bad.

The group left Summit Lake Camp just north of Emmitsburg around 9:45 p.m. and hadn't returned by 1 a.m., when sleet had begun to fall.

A Maryland State Police trooper and a helicopter had begun a search when the group turned up, unharmed.

Pa. woman faces charges in stabbing

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., woman was released from the Franklin County Prison Monday after posting $50,000 for allegedly stabbing a Chambersburg man in the stomach with a kitchen knife Sunday, according to Chambersburg Police.

Police said Stacey F. Mayers, 23, unknown address, stabbed Ford Vilsaint, 21, unknown address, during an argument on West Catherine Street near Hollywell Avenue in Chambersburg at 1:36 a.m.

Vilsaint was stabbed on the left side, police said. He has been released from the hospital, a spokesman said this morning.

Mayers is charged with aggravated assault and is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing Thursday before District Justice Larry Meminger.

Breaking, entering under investigation

CLEAR SPRING - The Washington County Sheriff's Department Tuesday investigated an attempted breaking and entering, authorities said.

Someone broke a rear window at a home on Gruber Road, deputies said. The incident occurred between Saturday and Monday, but nothing was taken, deputies said.

Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

City man facing DWI charges

A Hagerstown man was charged with DWI after he allegedly ran a red light and crashed into a pole, Hagerstown City Police said.

George Francis Livingston, 38, of South Potomac Street, was charged with DWI, driving through a red light and driving on a revoked license, police said.

Livingston allegedly drove through a red light on Locust and Baltimore streets at a high rate of speed. Officer Tim Rossiter said he followed Livingston up Locust, where the driver tried to turn on to East Avenue.

The vehicle struck a pole in front of a porch off the street, Rossiter said.

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