Police and Fire logs

July 02, 1999

KNOXVILLE, Md. - Fire departments from three states responded to a fire at Md. 180 and Cemetary Circle that burned between 1,500 and 3,000 railroad ties Thursday around 2:20 p.m., according to Frederick County Emergency Services.

Maryland State Police closed U.S. 340 around 3 p.m. because smoke was affecting visibility. The State Police said 340 would likely not open until Friday morning.

Fire units were still fighting the fire at 9 p.m. Thursday. At least 48 fire units workers responded from Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland, Jefferson County, W.Va., and Loudoun Co., Va.

Railroad ties are sealed with creosote, which helps produce noxious, heavy smoke.

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County Sheriff's deputies charged three men Thursday just after midnight with possession of herion and drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff's office.


The three were traveling in a Honda Civic on the shoulder of Interstate 70 near the Monocacy River with a flat tire and the car's emergency flashers on, police said.

While the officer was administering field sobriety tests to the driver, a K-9 identified drugs in the car. Officers said they found five vials of suspected heroin and five hypodermic needles in the car and $1,100 in cash on one of the passengers.

Freddie McFadden, 45, of Frederick; William Taylor, 49, of Germantown; and T.J. Swann, 46, of Frederick, are being held on $7,500 bond each at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

Taylor had an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County for violation of probation.

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick police arrested Harold Nathan Martin Jr., 36, of Frederick, for probation violation Thursday at 5 p.m. He is a suspect in a home improvement scheme, according to the police department.

The man solicited senior citizens door-to-door for sidewalk and driveway repairs, according to police. He took payment before the work was done and did not return to complete the work, according to witnesses interviewed by police.

Martin violated probation with the Maryland State Division of Corrections. An investigation by the Frederick Police Department and the Frederick County State's Attorneys Ofice is continuing.

Those who believe they have been victimized in a home-improvement scheme may call the police department and speak to Jason Keckler at 1-301-624-1231 or Judy Hallman at 1-301-624-1282.

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department charged a married couple with burlgary Thursday at 2:10 a.m.

Michael E. Denikos, 22, and Faith Denikos, 22, were arrested four blocks from the burglary, which occured on West 12th Street. The two have no fixed address.

Police said items taken in the burglary and a vehicle break-in were recovered.

Both were charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property.

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