Police log

January 28, 1998

Police log

Fireman hurts knee fighting Pa. blaze

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A firefighter injured his knee when his leg slipped through the floor of a burning Guilford Township home late Monday night.

Fayetteville firefighter Kevin Wagaman was treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital and referred to an orthopedic doctor, said Deputy Chief Bob Albrecht.

The 2 1/2-story post and timber home at 358 W. Main St. in Fayetteville was being remodeled and there was nobody living in it at the time, Albrecht said.


Firefighters were called to the home at 10:36 p.m. Heavy fire was showing in the front on the first and second floors when they arrived, he said. Those floors had previously been gutted as part of the remodeling, Albrecht said.

The front portion of the second floor collapsed onto the first floor and the rooms in the back of the home sustained heavy heat and smoke damage, he said.

Firefighters were at the home until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

The fire started somewhere in the front of the home, but a cause had not been determined Tuesday, Albrecht said.

Estimated damage is $80,000. The house was insured, he said.

Inmate fight halted with pepper spray

A fight between two inmates in a cell at the Maryland Correctional Institution late Monday prompted correctional officers to use pepper spray to break it up, according to Maryland State Police.

Police were notified at 10:55 p.m. of the incident, according to Sgt. Don Stottlemyer.

A check with Washington County Fire and Rescue officials Tuesday morning revealed no ambulance call to the prison.

Stottlemyer said there was also an incident during the day Monday at the Maryland Correctional Training Center, during which one inmate received minor stab wounds in the dining room.

A weapon was recovered and an investigation is continuing, Stottlemyer said.

W.Va. man arraigned on cocaine charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on two counts of delivery of crack cocaine, according to city police.

Albert L. Lewis, 25, of 126 N. Church St., was arraigned before Magistrate Sandra Miller and jailed on $50,000 bond, according to court records.

The warrant for Lewis's arrest stated that detectives George Swartwood and Kevin Miller arranged a controlled buy of cocaine by a confidential informant at a house on the 300 block of North Maple Avenue. The warrant was issued Jan. 8 and the police complaint said the buy occurred sometime in the preceding two weeks.

Police said the informant used marked bills to buy the cocaine from a man in the apartment and that the purchase was "monitored and recorded electronically."

The report said the informant identified Lewis as the person who sold the drugs.

Mobile home hits meter, causes leak

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A mobile home backed over a natural gas meter Tuesday morning, causing a gas leak at the Royal Crest Estates development.

Bill Summers, deputy chief of the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Co., said the accident was reported at 9:06 a.m. when a trailer being brought into the development broke the meter. He said there was no fire or injuries.

A crew from the Shenandoah Gas Company was called and had the leak was repaired in less than an hour, Summers said.

Pa. cabin destroyed in afternoon fire

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A two-story mountain cabin in Peters Township, Pa., was destroyed Tuesday afternoon by a blaze that fire officials believe started around a wood stove.

The fire was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived at the wood home at 2751 Mountain Road around 4:05 p.m., according to Nick Barbuzanes, fire chief at Mercersburg, Montgomery, Peters and Warren Volunteer Fire Company.

The homeowner and a friend apparently lit the wood stove and then left for about three-quarters of an hour to cut wood. When they saw smoke coming from the home, they ran to a neighbor's house to call the fire department, Barbuzanes said.

Firefighters were slowed by the narrow, dirt road leading to the mountain home about a quarter of a mile off the main road, Barbuzanes said.

Firefighters were at the scene for about two hours. There was no damage estimate available Tuesday night.

There were no injuries, he said.

W.Va. home robbed

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A handgun, rifle, typewriter and about $500 in change were among items taken Monday from a Hedgesville home.

West Virginia State Police say Paul Reel's home on W.Va. 7 near W.Va. 45 was burglarized at about 3 p.m. Police say three men seen leaving the home shortly after the burglary are being considered suspects.

Trooper R.J. Elswick said Reel's neighbor saw the men leave the house and got a license plate number. Police spoke with the owner of the car Tuesday afternoon.

Elswick said no one had been charged as of Tuesday afternoon, but the investigation is continuing.

Burglary suspect nabbed after chase

FREDERICK, Md. - Police arrested a South Carolina burglary suspect after a brief chase Tuesday, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

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