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May 01, 1999

Police seek info on city man's suspicious death

The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating the suspicious death of a Hagerstown man, whose body was discovered early Saturday by his brother, according to a police department press release.

David Wayne Bowers, 43, of 558 Liberty St., was found dead on the home's living room floor at about 3 a.m., according to police.

According to preliminary statements, Bowers was found by his brother, also his roommate, when he returned home from a local tavern, police said.


The cause of death hasn't been determined, police said.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Bowers' death. Anyone with information is asked to call the criminal investigation division at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.


Two W.Va. men injured in accident

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Two Hedgesville residents headed to a yard sale were injured in an accident at around noon Saturday on W.Va. 9, about 11/2 miles east of the Berkeley-Morgan county line, according to West Virginia State Police.

A 1984 Ford Bronco, driven by John Hensley, 38, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was turning left in to a driveway from eastbound W.Va. 9 to turn around when it was struck in the driver's side by an eastbound 1990 Geo Tracker, according to Trooper Eric Burnett.

The Tracker was illegally driving in the westbound lane, having passed in a no-passing zone, Burnett said.

Hensley and his uncle, Charles Sheffler, 67, of Hedgesville, were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg. Both were treated and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

The Tracker's driver, Trent Riley, 26, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was charged with driving left of center and with not wearing a seat belt, Burnett said.

His wife and 10-year-old son were wearing seat belts, Burnett said.


Police say diners left without paying

RANSON, W.Va. - Two Harpers Ferry, W.Va., men were charged with petit larceny Friday night after a Ranson pizzeria reported patrons had walked out without paying, according to the Ranson Police Department.

Anthony's Pizza, on North Mildred St., told police two submarine sandwiches, valued at $19, were eaten but not paid for, Sgt. Brian Mason said.

Mark Pierce Walden, 28, and Eric Paul Jones, 30, both of Harpers Ferry, were later arrested by Charles Town police after a traffic stop, Mason said.

Walden was charged with petit larceny and destruction of property, and Jones was charged with petit larceny and obstructing an officer, he said.


Overload blamed for apartment fire

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An electrical overload apparently sparked a fire in a Chambersburg, Pa., apartment building Saturday morning, according to a fire department official.

The fire, at 12 Spring St., was deemed accidental as the result of two heat lamps overloading one circuit, said Lt. Rob Murray of the Chambersburg Fire Department.

No one was injured, Murray said.

The fire, which started between the first and second floors, did "minimal damage," he said.

Residents were displaced from the building until it could be cleaned up, Murray said.


FIrefighters douse Morgan County blazes

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs firefighters responded to two calls late Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters from Morgan Company 1, the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department, responded at 4 p.m. to both a hay shed blaze and brush fire, said Firefighter Amy Unger, of Morgan Company 1.

Two units responded to the hay shed fire, which was located off W.Va. 9 near Pleasantville School in eastern Morgan County, Unger said. Firefighters had extinguished that fire by 5:30 p.m., she said.

The cause of that fire was still unknown at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Unger said.

At least four units responded to a brush fire that threatened five acres of woods off W.Va. 13, about a mile and a half from U.S. 522, in Berkeley Springs, Unger said.

Firefighters had extinguished that blaze by 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Morgan County Emergency Services personnel.


Camcorder stolen from city home

The theft of a $525 Panasonic Quasar camcorder was reported on Thursday to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

An unknown person stole the camcorder after entering through an unlocked window at 11233 Scarlet Oak Drive in Hagerstown, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to police.

Anyone having information connected to the crime is asked to contact the Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

1982 Ford Escort reported stolen

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The theft of a vehicle valued at $500 was reported on Saturday to Pennsylvania State Police.

The 1982 blue Ford Escort was stolen from 9128 Tomstown Rd. in Waynesboro between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., according to police.

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