Police log

January 06, 1998

Police log

Rail car blaze keeps firefighters busy

A fire in a trash container on a Norfolk-Southern rail car on Maryland Avenue Monday afternoon kept about 20 firefighters from Hagerstown and Funkstown busy for two hours, a fire official said.

A heavy lid on the container caused some problems for firefighters trying to extinguish the fire, which was reported shortly after 4 p.m., said Battalion Chief Richard Hopkins of the Hagerstown Fire Department.

The lid was improperly secured by two straps, one of which was broken, Hopkins said. Firefighters couldn't get to the other strap because it was next to a second container on the flat car.


Hopkins said a backhoe was used to lift the lid and make sure the fire was out. Until the backhoe arrived, firefighters got two smaller hose lines into the container to flood the fire, he said.

About 1,000 feet of 4-inch hose was stretched from a hydrant roughly 200 yards from the fire through the woods to the rail car south of the old Lowe's building, Hopkins said.

Hopkins said the fire probably was caused by spontaneous combustion. Nobody was hurt, he said.

The rail car was hauling household trash from Harlem, N.Y., to a landfill in Virginia, Hopkins said. The container was about 30 feet long, 10 feet tall and the width of the rail car, he said.

Man charged with threatening officer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man was arrested early Sunday morning after a state Wildlife Conservation Officer was threatened, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Kevin Lee Ulrich, unknown age, was charged with threats and other improper influence in official and political matters, which is a felony of the third degree, police said.

The suspect called Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer George Pogue at 2 a.m. at his Ridge Road home and threatened to assault him and his family because Pogue had been at the suspect's father's house conducting an investigation for the state Game Commission, police said.

Police on Monday did not know why the Game Commission investigation was being conducted.

W.Va. man charged with fleeing police

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who escaped from a West Virginia State trooper's cruiser Saturday morning was later arrested at his apartment.

Lloyd M. Dews, 47, of Martinsburg, was charged with escaping from a police officer, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to the state police report.

Dews was stopped by Trooper M.M. Kingery on U.S. 11 South at 3:21 a.m. Saturday. The police report said Kingery stopped Dews to ask about a fugitive with whom he lived.

While questioning Dews, the report said Kingery determined he was intoxicated.

Kingery drove Dews back to Dews' home in Pikeside. He then went into Dews' apartment looking for the fugitive.

When Kingery returned to the cruiser, Dews, who was handcuffed, was gone, the report said.

The trooper returned to the apartment complex later to find Dews at home. The report said Dews said the fugitive Kingery was seeking helped him get out of the cruiser.

W.Va. man charged with battery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with three counts of battery on a police officer after he was arrested Sunday after a domestic incident.

Russell Bergerson, 23, of 709 N. High St., Apt. 3, was also charged with domestic battery, destruction of property and obstructing an officer, according to Martinsburg city police.

The report said an officer stopped Dawn Bergerson after she ran a red light at the intersection of Queen and Race streets. Her sweatshirt was torn and she said a man had pulled her by her hair, slapped her and urinated on her.

Police went to her apartment and arrested Russell Bergerson.

While under arrest, the report said he struck Sgt. G.F. Macher in the face and struggled with other officers. At one point he tried to grab an officer's pepper spray, tearing his holster.

The report said he also used profanity, spit at the officers and refused to give them information.

W.Va. man charged with hitting cop

INWOOD, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was charged by West Virginia State Police with battery on a police officer and driving under the influence after an incident Saturday night in which a Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy was slugged.

According to the report, a fight outside the Sheetz store in Inwood was called in at 11:15 p.m. While on the way to the scene, Trooper K.E. Plumer was told by Central Dispatch that the three alleged assailants had fled the store in a white Plymouth Omni with an obstructed license plate.

Plumer went east on W.Va. 51 into Jefferson County and stopped Terry Lee Seman, 18, who was driving a car fitting the description. He was arrested for driving under the influence.

Back at the Sheetz store, Deputy Scott Wilson told Plumer and Trooper R.J. Elswick that he saw three people fighting with another man.

Wilson, who was off duty, identified himself as a police officer and tried to break up the fight. While doing so, one of the assailants struck him in the face, state police said.

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