Police log

November 10, 1997

Rekindle causes extensive damage

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire that rekindled Saturday night caused more damage than the first blaze, according to the chief of the Independent Volunteer Fire Co.

Chief Ed Smith said the Red Cross provided temporary housing at a hotel for James and Doris Trent and their four children. The family was not home when the first fire was called in at 1:14 p.m. Saturday at 534 E. Washington St.

Smith said the fire started in an upstairs bedroom and caused about $20,000 damage to the two-story brick home. The fire rekindled at about 8:40 p.m., upping the damage estimate to approximately $60,000.


Two dogs and six cats were saved from the first fire, which Smith said was probably caused by an electrical malfunction. He said the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office will examine the house to determine the cause.

The second fire caused more damage to the second floor and destroyed the attic and roof, according to Smith. Units from all the fire companies in Jefferson County responded to the second fire, along with units from a fire company in Berkeley County and another from Clarke County, Va.

An air unit from Washington County also responded to the scene, he said. No one was injured in either fire, Smith said.

Smith said the house is owned by Doris Trent's father, James Windtburg.

Woman charged in husband's beating

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick County, Md., woman was charged in connection with the beating of her husband Sunday evening, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Linda R. Burns, 26, of the 9600 Block of Dublin Road, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and assault with a deadly and dangerous weapon, deputies said.

Deputies responded to the home at about 7:15 p.m. and found her husband, Michael D. Burns, 26, bleeding from his head in the front yard. He told deputies that he had been struck in the head by a baseball bat, authorities said.

A broken bat, stained with blood, was found on the kitchen floor, deputies said. The wall and floor of the kitchen also were stained with blood, deputies said.

Deputies found the woman at a nearby house. She appeared to have minor injuries, which her husband said were from him defending himself, deputies said.

Both were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital. Linda Burns was treated and released and then charged, deputies said.

Her husband was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police investigate rash of burglaries

FREDERICK - Amber Meadows area residents are being asked to contact the Frederick Police Department if they see anyone suspicious in their neighborhood, following a rash of reported burglaries, police said.

Police said they believe the suspect or suspects are entering homes by forcing open lower-level windows.

Police said they arrested a Frederick woman involved in a burglary late Thursday morning in the 1700 block of Carriage Way.

Vicki M. Bowens, 35, who lives in the same block, was charged with second-degree burglary and two counts of theft more than $300, police said.

Bowens was released Friday on personal recognizance, police said.

Bowens allegedly entered the residence through an unlocked rear door, police said. Police said the suspect was found to be in possession of several of the stolen items.

Several burglaries were still under investigation Friday, police said.

Residents are being asked to lock all their doors, regardless of whether they are home, police said.

While no violence has been associated with the reported burglaries, police said they are asking residents to take precautions as a crime prevention measure.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Frederick police at 301-694-2100.

2 men snatch purse

Two men ran up behind a woman Sunday evening in the first block of South Potomac Street and grabbed her purse, Hagerstown City Police said.

The thieves ran toward Summit Avenue after taking the purse at about 5:30 p.m., Sgt. Craig Bakner said.

The men are described as white males in their late teens or early 20s. One was wearing a blue jacket with a white hood and tan pants, Bakner said. The other was wearing a gray sweatshirt, he said.

Stolen car destroyed

A car stolen from Hagerstown on Friday was destroyed by fire in Baltimore later that day, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The car, a 1990 Nissan Maxima belonging to Brendon William Price of Hagerstown, was stolen from Youngstoun Drive on Friday, police said.

Police found the car on fire in Baltimore County later that day, deputies said.

It was burned beyond recognition and had to be raised by forklift to get the vehicle identification number from the engine, deputies said.

Police are seeking information about the theft. Contact the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Man charged with stealing jewelry

FREDERICK, Md. - A man who was staying in the home of a Frederick family was charged with stealing $2,000 worth of jewelry from the home on Saturday, according to the Frederick Police Department.

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