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Police log

July 28, 1999

The continuing job action at Redland Brick in Williamsport has resulted in charges against one of the strikers for kicking a company security guard, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Harold Wesley Shipley Jr., age unknown, of 134 Sunset Ave., Williamsport, was charged with one count of second-degree assault in the 6:32 a.m. incident Tuesday.

Shipley was taken before a bond commissioner and released on personal recognizance, deputies said.

The victim, Ian Jones, was assigned to check for foreign objects on the roadside across from Redland Brick on Clear Spring Road, deputies said.

As he approached the entrance of the plant, Shipley allegedly tried to trip Jones to placing his leg in between Jones' legs and as Jones tried to move away, Shipley allegedly kicked Jones in the leg, deputies said.

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The entire incident was videotaped by members of the security team, deputies said.

The workers have been on strike for several weeks.




BOONSBORO - The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that gutted a Netz Road home Tuesday evening.

Boonsboro firefighters were called to 20179 Netz Road around 7:15 p.m. after a neighbor reported seeing smoke and flames coming from the ranch home.

No one was home when the fire broke out.

"When firefighters arrived at the scene, smoke was billowing out the windows. They had it knocked down in about five minutes," said Capt. Jay Brandenburg.

Brandenburg did not know who owned the home and no one arrived home while firefighters were at the scene.

The fire caused extensive damage to the home, and there was smoke and water damage, he said.

The home's metal door, burned by the fire and split in half by firefighters to gain access, lay in the middle of the lawn.

All of the house's front windows were smashed out and tattered curtains hung outside the windows.

No firefighters were injured fighting the blaze, Brandenburg said.

Fire investigator Jim Woods was on the scene and said he would likely make a determination about the cause later this week.

Firefighters from Middletown, Brunswick and Sharpsburg also were called to the fire.




After neighbors reported hearing gunshots at 12203 Pleasant Valley Road in Smithsburg Tuesday night, Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrived and found a woman who had been struck in the face, apparently during a domestic dispute.

Rodney Vaughn Wolfe, 40, of that address, was located shortly after 10 p.m. at 12313 Pleasant Valley Road, deputies said.

A loaded 12-gauge shotgun was found in the front seat of the pickup truck Wolfe was in when he left his home, deputies said.

Charges with second-degree assault, Wolfe was awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner this morning.

Melinda Ellen Varner, 35, of 12203 Pleasant Valley Road, was the victim of the assault.




A woman was injured when she was hit by a pickup truck in the 200 block of Franklin Street Tuesday evening, according to a dispatcher with the Washington County Emergency Services.

The victim refused treatment after the 9 p.m., he said.

Her name was not released.

The driver of the a pickup truck did not stop, according to Hagerstown City Police.




CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A woman and three children escaped Tuesday afternoon from a townhouse fire in Hamilton Township.

The fire was reported at about 2 p.m. at the home of Shameika Schroyer, of 667 Heintzelman Ave., according to Marvin Stoner, a spokesman for the Franklin Volunteer Fire Co. He said the cause of the fire in a second floor bedroom had not determined.

Stoner said the bedroom was heavily damaged by the fire and there was heavy heat and smoke damage to the rest of the second floor. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to vent the fire, along with removing the bedroom window, frame and all.

Firefighters from the Chambersburg Fire Department and the Marion, New Franklin, St. Thomas, Fayetteville and Vigilant Hose companies assisted at the scene, Stoner said.




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A fire that started in a hay baler spread to the field it was running in and destroyed more than two acres of hay, a Baker Heights Fire Department spokesman said Tuesday.

The fire occurred in a field on Mount Airy Road off W.Va. 45 around 4:15 p.m.

The baler, owned by Larry Lemaster, sustained about $10,000 in damage,

There was no damage estimate on the lost hay.




SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A St. Thomas, Pa., woman remained in serious condition today from injuries she received in a Monday afternoon collision with a truck in Southampton Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Henrietta Sowers, 55, was in the intensive care unit at York Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor. Police said she was flown there following the 3:20 p.m. accident Monday on Mount Rock Road.

The police report said Sowers pulled from a driveway into the path of a Mack dump truck driven by Eric Long, 23, of Greencastle, Pa. Long unsuccessfully tried to avoid hitting the car, police said.

Long was unhurt, according to police.




SCOTLAND, Pa. -- An Orrstown, Pa., girl's birthday money was stolen Monday when she left her purse in a dressing room at the Chambersburg Mall, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The report said the unnamed 9-year-old left the purse in a dressing room at the Deb store at about 1:30 p.m. When she returned half an hour later, the $61 in the purse was missing, according to police.

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