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Police log

November 16, 1998

Hagerstown Fire Marshals are looking for anyone with information about an arson fire this morning in the laundry room at 120 Manor Drive.

Around 1 a.m., an automatic alarm came in that indicated the sprinklers were activated in that laundry room.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown said when firefighters arrived, they found that a fire had apparently been set in a bin inside that laundry room. The sprinklers had controlled the spread of the fire and it was quickly extinguished, Brown said.

The laundry room is unlocked as is the bin which contained clothing, boxes, and assorted other items, Brown said.

"There was no structural damage done," Brown said.

Anyone who saw anyone or anything suspicious around that laundry room before 1 a.m. is asked to contact Brown at 301-790-2476.




FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department made several drug arrests last week.

- Derek O. Young, 24, of Baltimore was charged with distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine.

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He allegedly sold crack cocaine to police at South Market Street at All Saints Street Nov. 12, according to the Frederick Police Department.

- Steven Lamont Cole, 29, of Taney Avenue, Frederick was charged with possession of marijuana.

He was arrested at Maple Avenue and North Bentz Street after police allegedly observed him with the drug, police said.

- A 17-year-old boy from Trail Avenue, Frederick was charged with distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess cocaine.

He was detained by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Frederick Police said the minor allegedly sold the drug to an police officer at the 100 block of W. Fifth Street.

- Clyde Tyrone Burwell, 49, 1640 Colonial Way, Frederick was charged with possession of CDS/cocaine, possession with intent to distribute, failure to drive right of center and failure to wear a seat belt.

Frederick Police said the man was observed driving too close to the center of the road and was not wearing his seat belt.

After pulling over the driver near North Bentz Street and Dill Avenue, Officer Robert Brown said he found crack cocaine hidden in the driver's pickup truck.

- Walter K. Roesch, 20 of 434 W. South St. was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an alcoholic beverage.

Frederick Police Officer Vaughn Harper said he was patrolling the area of Manor apartments Thursday when he saw a car parked by 135 Willowdale Drive.

Harper said he saw the driver smoking something and detected the odor of burning marijuana.

During a search of the car, Harper found an amount of suspected marijuana and a device for smoking the drug.




CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of four people hurt Saturday after a head-on crash in Lurgan Township remains hospitalized today.

Pennsylvania State Police said a backseat passenger in one of the vehicles, Ki Soellner, 40, of Tyrone, Pa., was flown from Chambersburg Hospital to York (Pa.) Hospital, according to the report.

She was in serious condition in the intensive care unit this morning, according to a hospital spokesman.

Police said the accident happened on Forge Hill Road two miles west of Pa. 997 at 3:38 p.m.

John R. Soellner, age unavailable, of Tyrone, Pa., was driving a 1998 Ford Escort westbound when the car crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a 1993 Ford Aerostar van.

John Soellner, Melissa Soellner, 17, and the driver of the van, Kimberly Heeter, age unavailable, of Shade Gap., Pa., were all taken to Chambersburg Hospital. A nursing supervisor said all three were treated and released.

Police said all four were wearing seatbelts.

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