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Police log

August 14, 1998

Woman's car crashes into home

A Hagerstown woman lost control of her 1997 Chevrolet Suburban on Greencastle Pike early Thursday just north of Broadfording Road, and slammed into a home at 13604 Greencastle Pike, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said Margaret Louise Thompson-Kolb, 38, of 14327 Cearfoss Pike, crossed the center line and southbound lane of Broadfording Road, hit the porch supports and retaining wall, collapsing the second-story porch. Her car continued on, striking the homeowner's 1972 Chevrolet truck and garage doors and damaging a 1972 Chevrolet Nova parked inside, police said.

Troopers said the driver was found in a field just north of the crash. She refused medical treatment, they said.

Police said Thompson-Kolb was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to remain at the scene of a property damage accident, and negligent driving.

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Diesel leak closes portion of Md. 65

A section of Md. 65 near St. James Village was closed for about two hours Thursday after a tractor-trailer's fuel tank was punctured and leaked diesel fuel on the road, officials said.

The incident began at about 4:30 p.m. when the truck's drive shaft broke, damaging electrical lines and the saddle fuel tanks, said Lt. Doug Moyers of the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Company.

Moyers said about 65 gallons of fuel leaked on the road. Md. 65 was closed from Summerlin Drive to Woodside Drive. Traffic was detoured through the village while fire, he said. Civil Defense and Hazardous Materials crews participated in the cleanup.

No one was injured, he said.

Shots fired from pickup in W.Va.

MARLOWE, W.Va. - Deputies found evidence of gunshots reportedly fired from a vehicle Wednesday night in the Albermarle Estates subdivision, according to Capt. Curtis Keller of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

According to a witness, the shots were fired shortly after 9 p.m. from a dark blue Isuzu pickup truck containing two men in their early 20s, Keller said.

The truck might have had a Maryland tag, he said.

Six to seven shots were fired from a 9 mm handgun, Keller said. Bullet casings were recovered from the roadway, he said.

Deputies didn't find the truck, Keller said.

Home damaged in evening blaze

A fire damaged a home on North Cannon Street on Thursday night, but no one was hurt, according to the Hagerstown Fire Department.

Melissa Noel said she put clothes in her kitchen dryer and then put her son to bed upstairs. When she heard a crackling sound, she walked downstairs and saw flames, she said.

"I just saw the fire behind the dryer and ran upstairs to get my little boy," Noel said.

Noel said she called 911 on a portable phone as she ran out of the house at 147 N. Cannon Ave.

Battalion Chief Ron Horn said firefighters brought the 9:20 p.m. fire under control in about 10 minutes.

Horn said damage was extensive to the kitchen and the second-floor bedroom. The rest of the house sustained smoke damage, he said.

Assistant Fire Marshal John M. Hersh said he would examine the dryer in an attempt to determine what caused the fire.

Man charged in basket theft

A Hagerstown man was charged on Thursday with stealing nine Longaberger baskets from his mother-in-law, Hagerstown City Police said.

Chester Allen Ragland, 39, of 920 Corbett St., was charged with third-degree burglary and felony theft, police said.

Donna Schaffer called police Thursday to report the baskets stolen from her home on North Locust Street. The baskets were valued at $740.

When Officer Clifton Briggs arrived at Ragland's home, he offered to let police look around his house, authorities said.

As soon as Briggs entered, he saw two of the baskets and placed Ragland under arrest. The other seven baskets were later found in the house, police said.

Ragland was jailed at the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

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