Police log

February 15, 1998

Driver hospitalized after car flips on I-70

A Westminster, Md., man was in fair condition at Washington County Hospital on Saturday night after his car rolled over on Interstate 70, officials said.

William Ronald Hull, 34, was ejected from the westbound 1986 Ford station wagon when it flipped into the median near Md. 63 shortly before 5 p.m., said Trooper First Class Kyle George.

Hull was not wearing his seat belt, George said.

Hull was charged with failure to drive in a single lane and two counts of driving while suspended, George said. He has suspended drivers licenses in Maryland and Florida, police said.


One westbound lane in Interstate 70 was closed for about 45 minutes, George said.

Also responding were ambulance and fire units from Clear Spring and Williamsport.

Burglars may have set house fire

A fire that caused $30,000 damage to a Preston Road home early Saturday may have been set by burglars who stole the tenant's Shih Tzu puppy.

Maryland State Fire Marshals and Washington County Sheriff's deputies have joined in the investigation of the 2:18 a.m. incident at 18819 Preston Road.

Brandy Ellen Carr told deputies she had returned home and found signs of a burglary. When deputies arrived, they discovered heavy smoke upstairs and firefighters were called.

The fire, which had been set in an upstairs bedroom, had nearly extinguished itself due to lack of oxygen when firefighters arrived.

That room was heavily damaged by fire and smoke as were other rooms on the second floor of the wood frame, Cape Cod style home owned by Mark Dickinson, according to fire marshals.

Firefighters from Longmeadow, Maugansville, Hagerstown, the Washington County Air Unit and Community Rescue Service responded to the fire.

The home was uninhabitable after the fire.

The puppy that was taken was black, brown and white, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Deputy Richard Schleigh at 301-791-3020.

Fire leads to arrest of fugitive

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A fight at a residence early Saturday led to the apprehension of a man wanted in Maryland for sex offenses.

Joseph V. McCloskey, 38, of Falling Waters, was being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on Saturday night in lieu of $10,000 bond, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Harmison.

At 1:17 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Jeff Davisson responded to a residence in Falling Waters for a report of a fight.

Davisson ran McCloskey's name through the National Crime Information Computer and it came back that he was wanted in Anne Arundel County, Md., for second-degree sex offense and child abuse by a custodial adult, Harmison said.

No additional charges were filed in connection with the Saturday fight.

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