Police log

February 12, 1998

Police log

Wires faulted in blaze at Pa. home

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Wednesday morning fire caused by wiring in the basement heavily damaged an old house at 7903 Lyons Road in Waynesboro, according to Waynesboro Fire Chief Dale Fishack.

There were no injuries in the 6:40 a.m. blaze, he said. The home was empty at the time - its occupants were out of the country on a trip, Fishack said.

He said he could not confirm who owned the house.

Half of the house is constructed of logs and the other half is frame. Fishack said the frame portion sustained the heaviest damage.


Units from Waynesboro, Mont Alto, Greencastle, and Blue Ridge Summit in Pennsylvania, and Leitersburg in Washington County responded, the chief said.

Two men sought in Pa. burglary

UPTON, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were looking for two men who took cash from the home of one couple Tuesday and attempted to steal from the home of another.

The first incident took place at about 4 p.m. in the village of Upton in Antrim Township. Trooper Jeff Bopp said two men in a black pickup truck drove up to the home and said they were measuring property lines.

While one man distracted the couple who lived there, the other went through the house, he said. Police said nothing was reported stolen.

At about 4:30 p.m. in Metal Township, two men went to a home and told the couple they were there to remove dead trees from an adjoining property. This time the pair made off with about $500.

Police did not identify either couple.

One of the men was described as about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and heavyset with black hair and a mustache. The other is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with black hair. Both are believed to be Hispanic and in their late 20s or early 30s, police said.

The pickup had an extended cab, tinted windows and a tarp over the bed, according to the report.

Anyone with information about the incident can call 1-717-264-5161.

Man sentenced on battery charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was sentenced to one year in the Eastern Regional Jail in the assault of a man and a woman.

Aaron Franklin Edwards, 20, pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges of battery and domestic battery in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Martinsburg police originally charged Edwards with malicious wounding in a Feb. 2 attack on Orrett White, 504 W. Race St., and domestic battery in another incident with Edwards' girlfriend, Vernell Newell.

In a plea agreement on Wednesday, prosecutors agreed to drop the malicious wounding charge in exchange for his no contest plea to the lesser charge of battery.

According to Martinsburg police, White was in his apartment on Feb. 2 with Newell until about 10 p.m.

Newell left and White went to bed, police said. About six hours later, White awoke to Edwards and Newell at his door, police said.

Police said Edwards struck White several times. A neighbor called police, who found Edwards and Newell on Martin Street, according to police.

Police said Newell had scratches on her throat from an assault earlier that day.

City woman injured in Md. 66 accident

A Hagerstown woman was injured in a car accident Wednesday night after the van she was riding in was struck on Md. 66 just north of Benevola Church Road, according to Maryland State Police.

Marie Osborne, 35, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated and released, police said. Osborne was a passenger in a 1993 Ford van driven by Donald Earp III, 27, of Adamstown, Md., police said.

The van was struck by a 1995 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Brian Rowe, 39, of Waynesboro, Pa., which slid across the center line as it approached a sharp curve, police said.

Both drivers and Osborne were wearing their seat belts, police said.

The vehicles sustained major damage and were towed from the scene, police said.

Rowe was charged with failure to drive right of center, police said.

Man charged with misdemeanor theft

A city man was charged with misdemeanor theft Wednesday morning after someone tried to steal a storm door from a vacant house.

Rodney David Burger, 31, of 417 George St., was charged after Hagerstown City Police were called to 727 Washington Ave. at 2:16 a.m. A witness reported seeing someone at that house, which has been vacant since a fire in 1997.

When police arrived, they encountered a man who told them he was a relative and had permission to take the door. Most of the screws had been taken out with a screwdriver.

Pedestrian struck

A Hagerstown man was seriously injured Wednesday night after he was struck by a car on Potomac Avenue across from the Sheetz store, according to rescue officials.

No details of the accident were available at press time.

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