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Police log

August 12, 1998

Blaze at quarry deemed suspicious

CLEAR SPRING - Investigators have classified a fire that damaged a building owned by H.B. Mellott Quarry early Wednesday as suspicious, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

The 15-by-30-foot frame scale house sustained $65,000 damage in the 5:03 a.m. fire.

Volunteer fire companies from Clear Spring, Williamsport and Maugansville put out the fire within 30 minutes, officials said.

Anyone with information about the blaze can call the state fire marshal's office at 301-791-4758 or the arson hotline at 1-800-492-7529.

2 still hospitalized after I-68 wreck

FLINTSTONE, Md. - Two Hagerstown residents remained hospitalized Wednesday with injuries sustained in a Monday morning accident on Interstate 68 west of Pleasant Valley Road, according to Maryland State Police.

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Maxwell R. Redman, 36, of 457 W. Washington St., was the driver of a 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass that ran into the rear of a parked truck, police said.

He was in guarded condition Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md., hospital officials said.

Melisa Marie Redman, 31, of the same address, was listed in critical but stable condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit Wednesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police charged Maxwell Redman with negligent driving and driving while suspended.

The 50-year-old Florida man who was the operator of the truck was unhurt, police said.

City man faces assault charges

A Hagerstown man was charged with two counts of second-degree assault Monday in an attack on his wife and her sister, Washington County sheriff's deputies said.

James A. McKee, 37, of 18617 Donald St., was taken into custody at his home shortly after deputies arrived at Kimberly Anne McKee's home at 13810 Weber Way, deputies said.

Both Kimberly McKee and her sister, Michelle Vining, of Boonsboro, were hit in the mouth, deputies said.

McKee was released on personal recognizance, according to District Court officials.

Charges added in outlet shoplifting

New charges have been filed against the woman being held on charges of shoplifting at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies said that when the woman was charged, she gave them a false name, address and date of birth.

They said she has since been identified as Carolyn Janel Strothers, 34, of Pittsburgh.

In addition to being charged with shoplifting more than $1,600 in leather items from the Coach Store, Strothers also has been charged with obstructing and hindering and making a false statement to a police officer, deputies said.

She was being held Wednesday night at the Washington County Detention Center on the charges here and on a detainer from Pennsylvania.

Pa. woman injured in motorcycle wreck

A Gettysburg, Pa., woman was seriously injured early Wednesday when her motorcycle struck a guardrail along Md. 491 at Ritchie Road, throwing her over an embankment and into the woods, according to Maryland State Police.

Laura Hughes Miller, 42, of 419 Carr Hill Road, was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after the 12:30 a.m. accident, according to police.

She was listed in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit on Wednesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 1990 Harley-Davidson motorcycle continued westbound before coming to a stop about 150 yards away, police said.

Man's death ruled a suicide

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An autopsy has determined that a man found dead in his burning mobile home Tuesday morning in Greene Township, Pa., committed suicide.

Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Conner said Wednesday the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The autopsy was performed at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.

Conner said the fire, which appeared to be accidental, was not related to the 58-year-old man's death.

The fire was called in at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday at the Northwood Mobile Home Park, 2004 Philadelphia Ave., according to the Franklin Volunteer Fire Co. report. A neighbor said he tried to rescue the man, but found him dead in the living room.

The fire company report said the fire was in the kitchen. Pennsylvania State Police were still investigating the cause of the fire on Wednesday.

Firefighters battle pair of blazes

Firefighters battling a barn blaze reported on National Pike at 10 p.m. Tuesday had barely returned to quarters Wednesday morning when another fire broke out.

The first fire brought 30 firefighters from Clear Spring, Hancock, Williamsport and Morgan County, W.Va., to Ivan Markley's garage/barn at 9812 National Pike.

The damage from the fire - reportedly started by a juvenile - was estimated at $25,000, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Mac McGhee.

Neighbors saw the flames and called 911. The building was used to house lawn and garden equipment, farm animals and hay and straw, he said.

The garage was destroyed, McGhee said. The lower barn is salvageable and no animals were hurt, he said.

Firefighters left the scene around 2 a.m. but were called back out at 5:03 a.m. for a fire at 13645 Rockdale Road, where damage to a house was estimated at $65,000.

Clear Spring firefighters were assisted by Williamsport and Maugansville.

The cause of the house fire is under investigation, McGhee said.

Theft investigations keep police busy

Area police handled a number of calls Tuesday.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Someone stole a training vehicle from the back lot of the Funkstown Fire Department Tuesday, according to Maryland State Police.

The pickup truck, which had been donated, was valued at $50.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Mac tools, valued at $2,000, were taken from a shed Tuesday at 14138 Cedarfield Road, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> A rear window in a Pontiac Firebird was shot out Tuesday while it was parked at Pennsylvania and Maugans avenues, deputies said.

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