Police Log

November 21, 1997

Family of fiveunharmed in fire

A family of five escaped unharmed Thursday morning when smoke detectors were triggered by a fire in an upstairs bedroom of their 814 Potomac Ave. home.

The 4:45 a.m. fire was started when a candle left burning on a desk in the 15-year-old girl's bedroom caught the desk and other items on fire, according to John Hersh, a Hagerstown fire marshal.

Hersh described the damage as moderate throughout the house, with the worst being the bedroom and contents.

Robert Adair Jr., his wife Nancy, and their three children weren't injured in the fire, Hersh said. They are insured.

Firefighters from First Hose, Junior and Pioneer Hook and Ladder responded and had the fire doused by 5 a.m. Captain Brian Pile was in charge of the fire scene.


Firefighters respond to fire in dumpster

On Thursday morning, firefighters from South End rushed to the Doub Meadow development off Sharpsburg Pike where a dumpster was on fire.

The call came in at 4:08 a.m. in the 1100 block of Jay Drive, rescue officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

W.Va. woman faces drug charges

A 38-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., woman was arrested early Thursday for possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Interstate 81 near Williamsport.

At the 1:20 a.m. incident, Lisa May Weatherholtz was also wanted for violation of probation on a prior alcohol-related driving offense, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Weatherholtz was being held pending an appearance before a Washington County District Court judge.

Drug arrests made in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - Several drug arrests were made late Wednesday by Frederick City Police.

* Clarence Alton Cooper Jr., 36, of Colonial Way, Frederick, was charged with distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and two counts of cocaine possession.

He was allegedly seen selling drugs on West 6th St. at Klinehart's Alley at 8:05 p.m. Wednesday.

* Luke Liller, 34, of the 1900 block of Main Street, Mt. Airy, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and trespassing.

Liller was picked up after he was seen throwing something away as police approached the John Hanson Apartment complex at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

* Jeremiah S. Pauley, 21, of the 9000 block of Earnest Drive, Frederick, was charged with possession of crack and drug paraphernalia, police said.

All three men were awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

City woman charged with forgery

FREDERICK, Md. - A Hagerstown woman accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her employer over the last two years was charged in connection with the crime Wednesday afternoon, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Pamela Sue Bard, 47, of 411 Guilford Ave., was charged with theft scheme over $300, 10 counts of forgery and 10 counts of uttering, deputies said. She was being held Wednesday night in the Washington County Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

Bard was arrested at the Integrated Site Development Corp. in Frederick at about 3 p.m., deputies said. She allegedly stole $48,000 over a two-year period from Dacor Lighting.

On Oct. 24, Stan and Debra Valentine reported the theft from their business. Bard, who was the company's bookkeeper, allegedly forged Debra Valentine's signature on numerous business checks issued to Bard.

After writing the checks, Bard allegedly cashed them or deposited them into her own bank account.

The arrest of Bard was the result of a joint investigation by the Internal Revenue Service and the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Youth arrested in biting incident

An 11-year-old Western Heights Middle School student was arrested Thursday morning after she allegedly bit a teacher in the leg, Hagerstown City Police said.

The girl, whose name was withheld because of her age, was released to her parents' custody, Sgt. Ken Wasilius said. He said punishment will be left up to the teacher, who could press charges through the Department of Juvenile Justice, and school officials.

According to police, two teachers tried to get the girl to go to the principal's office at about 11:15 a.m. She was lying on the hallway floor in the fetal position causing a disturbance, Wasilius said.

When Darcy Turner grabbed her arm, she allegedly bit her right leg, breaking the skin.

Turner, 30, was taken to Washington County Hospital, police said.

Donna Messina, a spokeswoman for the Board of Education, said Turner returned to the school later in the day. She said school officials will determine the girl's punishment.

"Suspension could happen. It is a suspendible offense. That's not to say that's what's going to happen, but it's an option," she said.

Four cars taken from dealership

HALFWAY - Four cars were stolen overnight Wednesday from the Hagerstown Ford dealership on Massey Boulevard, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

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