Police log

January 15, 1998

Police log

Ruptured gas line causes evacuation of 16 mobile homes

MAUGANSVILLE - A ruptured gas line caused the evacuation of 16 mobile homes Wednesday shortly before 4 p.m., fire officials said.

A 2-inch Columbia Gas line was broken by someone digging in the Fortney Mobil Home Park off Pennsylvania Avenue, Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Phil Ridenour said.

The residents closest to the line were evacuated first and others were also asked to leave the area when officials detected high concentrations of gas in the air, Ridenour said. Some of the residents went to the mobile park's office and others were taken to nearby Washington County Regional Airport.


"We just wanted to take every precaution possible for the safety of the occupants," Ridenour said.

Ridenour said all of the residents returned to their homes after about an hour and a half.

City residents hurt in two-car accident

Two Hagerstown residents were injured Wednesday afternoon after a Chevrolet Cavalier struck a 1989 Eagle Premiere, which was pushed into a 1995 Honda Accord, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Harlan David Newhouse, 52, of 13517 Spring Hill Drive, who was driving the Premiere, was in fair condition today at Washington County Hospital.

Carrie Lanet Leach, 19, of 20531 Old Forge Road, was treated and released. She was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid collision, deputies said.

The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at the intersection of Eastern and Jefferson boulevards.

The driver of the Accord, Charles Edward Keller, 45, of 5 Fourth St., was not hurt, police said.

Woman injured in Md. 65 accident

A Hagerstown woman was sent to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after her GMC van collided with a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, Maryland State Police said.

Betty Lou Marks, 52, of Sharpsburg Pike, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

According to police, the Jeep pulled into the path of the van on Md. 65. The driver of the Jeep, Martha Josephine Hannah, 76, of Locust Grove Road, was charged with failure to yield intersection right-of-way.

The accident occurred at about 12:50 p.m., police said.

Paint spills in front of local business

The Hagerstown Fire Department cleaned up a paint spill at a business on Dual Highway on Wednesday, fire officials said.

About 10 gallons of a mixture of stain and latex paint spilled in front of Moore's at 950 Dual Highway, said firefighter Warren Keyfauver. The spill occurred at about 1 p.m., he said.

Keyfauver said the spill was contained to the store's property.

Tools worth $8,000 stolen from trailer

The theft of more than $8,000 in tools from a storage trailer on Woodbridge Drive was reported Wednesday to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The victim is Mort Carpentry of Hagerstown, deputies said.

Also reported Wednesday was the theft of a cell phone from a vehicle at 427 N. Main St., Boonsboro, deputies said.

Escapee, alleged accomplice charged

A teenager accused of escaping from a juvenile detention facility has been apprehended and he and his alleged accomplice have been charged in connection with the escape, Maryland State Police said Wednesday.

Michael Keith Beers, 16, of Baltimore, was arrested without incident Wednesday morning, police said. He was charged with first-degree assault, escape and use of a handgun in commission of a felony, police said.

Beers escaped from the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville on Dec. 1.

Paul David Miller, 16, of the 1600 block of Rickenbacker Road in Essex, Md., faces charges of first-degree assault, aiding in the escape and use of a handgun to commit a felony in connection with the escape, police said.

He is accused of firing the gun to create a distraction in order to help Beers escape, police said.

Miller was charged last week by police in Baltimore County with wearing/carrying a handgun, transporting a handgun in a vehicle and possession of cocaine. Police pulled over his car on Md. 40 because it did not have a front license plate, authorities said.

A warrant has been issued for a third youth charged in connection with the incident. The warrant accuses Christopher Conner, of Bear Ridge Road in Baltimore, of being present when Beers escaped.

Illegal mushrooms found at school

FREDERICK, Md. - Two students at Linganore High School were arrested Wednesday in connection with the possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms at school, according to Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

A 16-year-old boy, charged with distribution of the illegal substance on school property, was sent to the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville.

A 17-year-old boy, charged only with possession of the drug, was released to his parents, deputies said.

Both boys are from the New Market area.

Man foils robbery attempt in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police said a man foiled an armed robbery attempt early Wednesday when he wrestled a gun from a man in the parking lot of Berkeley Gardens apartments.

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