Police log

May 26, 1999

Children implicated in garbage fire

Three children have been implicated in a garbage receptacle fire that broke out around 7 p.m. Monday at the rear of 480 N. Potomac St.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh said the boys - two 10-year-olds and a 9-year-old - were released to their parents.

"They have all been referred to the Juvenile Firesetters program," Hersh said.

The fire was so intense it destroyed the lid of the garbage receptacle owned by BFI, Hersh said. There was no damage to the building next to the trash bin.

Antietam Fire Co. responded to the call.


W.Va. man charged with molesting boy

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged Tuesday with molesting a 5-year-old boy.

Roy Eddie Slaton Jr., 43, was released on $5,000 bond after he was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.


A Martinsburg woman brought her son into the Martinsburg City Police station May 15 after she overheard him talking to his cousin on a trip to Winchester, Va., according to court records.

The woman told police her son said he had performed a sexual act on a man, the records state.

The boy told police he had been molested behind the home of his baby sitter in the 100 block of South Raleigh Street in Martinsburg, according to court records.

He also said the man had performed a sexual act on him, the documents state.

Slaton is the son of the boy's baby sitter, according to court records.

The records also say Roy Slaton was interviewed by police and told investigators any contact with the boy was accidental.

Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said the case is still under investigation.

Conviction on the charge carries up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

911 report turns out to be overblown

A frantic anonymous call claiming a woman was pouring gasoline around a house on Interval Road on Tuesday turned out to be a domestic disturbance that resulted in no injuries, no damage and no arrests.

The 10:34 a.m. call prompted Washington County Sheriff's deputies to race to the home in the 800 block of Interval Road along with Community Rescue Service and firefighters from Junior and Longmeadow fire companies.

"When we got on the scene, we found that a woman had thrown a small can of kerosene, spilling a small amount," said Sgt. Tim Baker.

2 taken to hospital after collision

CLEAR SPRING - Two people were taken to a hospital and a Hancock man was cited after a traffic accident on Md. 494 at Fairview Church Road, according to Maryland State Police.

Thomas Hatchell, 19, was cited for negligent driving, police said.

Hatchell was eastbound when the Ford Thunderbird he was driving collided with an Oldsmobile Firenza driven by David Robinson, 32, of Greencastle, Pa., police said.

Robinson and his wife, Shirley, were taken to Washington County Hospital after the 6 p.m. accident. They were being treated in the Washington County Hospital emergency room Tuesday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

Children's home evacuated

About 35 people were evacuated from the San Mar Children's Home after a report of smoke in the basement Tuesday evening, according to Boonsboro Fire Department Deputy Chief Keith Abrecht.

When firefighters arrived at about 6:30 p.m., they found a belt on a washing machine had burned out, he said.

Fans were used to remove smoke from the building, he said.

Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour, he said.

Franklin Co. teen believed missing

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were looking Tuesday for a 17-year-old Fayetteville, Pa., boy who failed to return home on Saturday.

William Joel Gearhart, of 214 Ann Drive, was still believed to be in the Franklin County area, police said.

Anyone with information may call 1-717-264-5161.

Home's screen door damaged in break-in

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A wooden screen door at a Loganton, Pa., man's home was damaged last week, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The Old Forge Road home is owned by Donald Aaron Woodring, 166 RR2, Loganton, Pa., Quincy Township.

Police said the electric and phone cables to the home were cut and the front door forced open between 6 p.m. May 19 and 6 a.m. May 20.

Once inside, the cabin was searched, police said.

Damage was estimated at $150.

Tires punctured on Pa. woman's car

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four tires on a Chambersburg woman's car were punctured Monday or Tuesday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Donna Brown had parked her Ford Contour in her driveway on Siloam Road in Greene Township, police said.

The tires were damaged between 1:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Resident taken to hospital after fire

PIKESIDE, W.Va. - Fire scorched a kitchen in a house in the Pikeview West subdivision Tuesday evening, a fire official said.

Food cooking on a stove caught fire about 5:40 p.m. and spread to the rest of the room, said Chris McClure, captain of the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

A person living in the house at 410 Evans Run Drive was taken to City Hospital to be examined for possible smoke inhalation, McClure. said

McClure and a nearby homeowner were able to contain the fire to the kitchen using a garden hose.

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