Police log

August 26, 1998

Smoke from outlet causes house to be evacuated

An electrical malfunction at 410 Mitchell Ave. this morning brought Hagerstown firefighters out at 7:55 a.m. into this West End neighborhood for reports of smoke coming from an outlet.

Battalion Chief Kingsley Poole said the smoke was caused by a short in the electrical system of the home.

Resident Cathy Barr got everybody out of the residence after calling 911, Poole said. There were no damages or injuries.

Firefighters from First Hose, Antietam and Western Enterprise responded.


City man faces assault, destruction of property charges

A 30-year-old Hagerstown man was charged with second-degree assault and felony destruction of property after he was found crouched behind a vehicle in a Funkstown trailer park late Tuesday.


Glenn Franklin Householder, of 215 E. Franklin St., was being held at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner, according to Deputy Greg Alton.

Jodi Faith, 22, also of 215 E. Franklin St., was taken to the Washington County Hospital for treatment of cuts and scrapes on her face and neck. She was later released, hospital officials said.

Faith was also found huddled behind the vehicle at 20 W. Poplar St. after Householder was removed from the scene at 10:30 p.m.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies got the call after neighbors heard the assault in progress. A telephone was damaged and several Mason jars were broken during the incident, deputies said.


Two men charged in drug offenses

Two men were charged with drug offenses Tuesday night, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Arthur Gortman, 19, of Manhattan, N.Y., was picked up in the first block of West Bethel Street at 9 p.m.

Ronnie Larry Turney, 20, of 1511 E. 41st St., Cleveland, Ohio, was taken into custody in the 100 block of Clarkson Avenue at 7:45 p.m.

Both men were charged with distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine, police said.


Church reports theft of ring, coins

A man who expressed interest in joining the church apparently stole a gold ring and some change while waiting to talk with a priest Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The man was described as white, 40 to 50 years old, balding, wearing khaki pants and a red and green shirt.

The priest told Hagerstown City Police he asked the man to wait in the kitchen while he finished counseling a couple preparing for marriage.

When the priest returned, the man, the ring and the money were gone, police said.


CDs, stereo gear stolen from car

A theft of CDs, a CD case, and other stereo equipment from a vehicle parked at 1048 Beechwood Drive is being investigated by Hagerstown City Police.

The loss was estimated at $375.


Gas leak disrupts Lincoln Ave. traffic

HALFWAY - A natural gas leak at 2:20 p.m. disrupted traffic on Lincoln Avenue for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon, according to the Halfway Volunteer Fire Co.

A 4-inch high-pressure gas line at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Dawn Drive developed a leak while Columbia Gas and a private contractor, C.J. Hughes Construction Co., were making improvements to the gas line, officials said.

The fire department closed the area to traffic until the leak was contained at about 5 p.m., authorities said. No one was injured and the area was not evacuated.

Columbia Gas was investigating the cause of the leak, fire officials said.


Urns stolen from antique shop

Three concrete urns were stolen from outside Antique Crossroads on Monday night or Tuesday morning, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The urns, which are approximately 15 inches high and valued at $200, were taken between 5:30 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, deputies said.


Lightning strike ignites small fire

Lightning struck the roof of a home off Md. 65 south of Hagerstown and ignited a small fire in an upstairs bedroom Tuesday night, officials said.

The 9:30 p.m. fire damaged the carpet and wall in the bedroom of the house at 10510 Bushwillow Way.

The homeowner put out the fire with an extinguisher by the time the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. arrived, Chief Kyd Dieterich said.

"They got very lucky," he said.


Window broken in Funkstown

A window at 200 E. Chestnut St. in Funkstown was reported broken Tuesday, according to Maryland State Police.


Three people hurt in U.S. 15 crash

FREDERICK, Md. - Three people were hurt Tuesday afternoon when a Honda Accord and a Ford pickup truck collided on the shoulder of U.S. 15 in Frederick County, Md., according to Maryland State Police.

Steve Barber, 39, and Vicky Barber, 38, of Harrisburg, Pa., and John Smith, 38, of Cumberland, Md., were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. All three were treated and released, according to a spokesman at the center.

The accident occurred shortly after 12:15 p.m., police said.

According to police, Smith's Ford pickup was stopped in the slow shoulder of U.S. 15. The Accord driven by Steve Barber was heading south on the road when it traveled into the shoulder, police said.

The Accord swerved to avoid the pickup, which was being used to spray weed killer along the side of the road, but struck the rear of the truck, police said.


Pa. police probe apartment burglary

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police are investigating an apartment burglary discovered early Tuesday morning.

Police said the burglary at the apartment of Jose Acevedo, 65 N. Main St., was reported at 8 a.m. A screen window was pushed in and $140 was stolen, according to the report.

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