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Police log

August 26, 1998

Gas main leak clogs traffic

HALFWAY - A gas main 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 main 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.

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

Urns stolen

Three concrete urns were stolen from outside Antique Crossroads 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 causes small house fire

Lightning struck the roof of a home on Bushwillow Way 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.

Three injured in U.S. 15 accident

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 spokeswoman 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.

W.Va. trio faces weapons charges

A routine traffic stop Tuesday morning by Maryland State Police turned up a loaded gun under the driver's seat.

One of the passengers was found to be wanted by Baltimore City Police for violation of probation, police said.

Edward Andrew Brown, 25, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with possession of the .25-caliber handgun found under the seat of the red GEO Prism that was stopped on Interstate 81 for going 85 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Brown will be held for Baltimore authorities on the probation charges, police said.

Also charged with possession of the handgun were Kenneth John Bush, 20, and Gloria Rebecca Allen, 19, both of Martinsburg, police said.

Bush was being held Tuesday night on $5,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Allen was not at the jail, officials said.

Three charged with tampering

Three people were nabbed early Tuesday shortly after parts were stripped from a car parked in the Foxshire Plaza, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Marvin Lee High Jr., 18, of Hagerstown, and the two juveniles, face charges of misdemeanor theft and tampering with a motor vehicle, according to Deputy Kirk Noaker.

Acting on a 1 a.m. tip about an auto theft in progress, deputies arrived at the shopping center on Dual Highway and found three people in a car that contained stolen parts from the victim's 1968 Camaro.

The juveniles were released to their parents. High was taken into custody to await a hearing before a bond commissioner.

Apartment burglary under investigation

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.

 

Windshield broken

The rear windshield of a 1985 Oldsmobile was broken out late Monday or early Tuesday while it was parked in the owner's driveway at 1036 Mount Aetna Road, according to Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies.

Also Monday, a wallet was taken from a vehicle parked at Long Meadow Bowl. Damage to the broken window was $100.

On Monday, a Sony CD player and some CDs were taken from a vehicle parked at 42 W. Frederick St. in Williamsport, deputies said. The loss was $400.

Pa. man charged in arson attempt

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man was charged with criminal attempt to commit arson after an incident Saturday on the 200 block of Birch Street, according to borough police.

The police report said a man with a gas can was threatening to burn a car belonging to a Birch Street resident.

Larry R. French, no age available, of 342 W. Catherine St., was arraigned before District Justice Shirley Shatzer and jailed in Franklin County Prison on $3,000 bond, according to jail officials.

21 tickets issued during checkpoint

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two drunken driving arrests were made and about 21 tickets were issued Friday evening during a sobriety checkpoint on Washington Street in Charles Town, according to Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.

The tickets were for a variety of offenses, including no registration or insurance, Aldridge said.

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