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November 08, 1999

Fire breaks out in duct work at Fil-Tec

A late night fire at Fil-Tec Inc. in Cavetown was determined to have started in the ductwork, fire officials said this morning.

The fire, which was called in at 10:37 p.m., was quickly brought under control by firefighters from Smithsburg, Leitersburg, Funkstown, Mt. Aetna and Waynesboro.

The Smithsburg Ambulance Company and Civil Defense were also called to the scene. All units had left the scene by midnight.


Located at 12129 Mapleville Road, Fil-Tec employs about 75 people and makes industrial coatings for yarns and threads, etc.

Man crashes after swerving for deer

A Funkstown driver escaped serious injury late Sunday when he swerved his vehicle to miss a deer and crashed into a utility pole.

The 10:12 p.m. accident on Alt. U.S. 40 east of Cool Hollow Drive brought down high tension wires which were on fire and blocking the highway when Maryland State Police arrived.

Geoffrey B. Freeman IV, 19, of the 200 block of East Chestnut Street, was eastbound when the accident occurred. In his efforts to miss the deer, Freeman crossed the westbound lane and hit the pole.

He was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Deputies: Man cut bracelet, escaped

WILLIAMSPORT - A man who has not been heard from since cutting the home detention transmitter from his leg Saturday was still being sought this morning, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Michael Dewayne Commer, 31, of 36 E. Church St., Apartment 6, Williamsport, is now wanted for first-degree escape and violation of the home detention program.

He was described as 6 feet tall and 175 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

Deputies said he had been placed on home detention on April 12 and was scheduled to be released in 20 days.

But during a random alcohol test, Commer tested positive and was ordered to return to Washington County Detention Center, deputies said.

Anyone with information may call the sheriff's department criminal investigation unit at 301-791-3020.

Youngsters pile ties on railroad tracks

Early Sunday afternoon, a security guard at the Pangborn Corporation contacted Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh to report that he had seen some kids piling railroad ties on the CSX tracks and setting them on fire.

"When I got there, the fire was almost out but the ties themselves could have caused a derailment," Hersh said.

Pangborn security personnel will continue to watch carefully the area where the tracks cross the company's property, Hersh said.

Fire under investigation

A deliberately set fire in a 2-year-old's bedroom Sunday evening burned up that room and contents at 207 Buena Vista Ave., according to a Hagerstown fire marshal.

Fortunately, according to John Hersh, no one was home at the time of the 5:08 p.m. blaze. Hersh is continuing his investigation of the fire's cause.

A next-door neighbor heard the smoke detector going off, checked to make sure no one was home and then called 911.

A week earlier, a fire at 211 Buena Vista Ave. was blamed on a 9-year-old playing with a lighter, Hersh said.

Woman robbed on hotel elevator

A woman called Hagerstown City Police on Sunday afternoon and reported she'd been robbed of $50 while in the elevator at the Quality Inn.

The victim told police a black man got on the elevator and took the money from her around 4 p.m. She was unhurt.

The motel is at 1001 Dual Highway.

Also Sunday, someone broke out the rear window of a 1998 Chevrolet truck parked in the Ramada Inn parking lot around 1:30 p.m. Apparently nothing was taken.

Father charged with pointing gun at son

FREDERICK, Md. - A family argument Sunday evening ended with the arrest of a father for pointing a shotgun at his son, according to Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

Charles Robert Heatherly Sr., was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m. at his home in the 11600 block of Gas House Pike, police said. He was being held on $35,000 bond, charged with first-degree assault.

The son, Charles Robert Heatherly Jr., age and address unknown, called 911 after his father allegedly pointed the shotgun at his chest and told him to get out of the house on Gas House Pike, deputies said.

No details were released but deputies said both men had been drinking.

Counterfeit bills bring Pa. arrest

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A determined counterfeiter was taken into custody Sunday around 7 p.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

A woman entered the Family Dollar Store in Penns Village on Sunday evening and tried to buy items valued at $2 with a $100 bill, police said.

When told by the employees that the bill was counterfeit, she allegedly left the store, police said.

The woman then went to Johnnie's Motel/Diner at 709 Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg, and asked for change, which she received.

Later she was apprehended by the police at the motel, police said.

Judy K. Munoz, age unavailable, who gave no fixed address, is now being held at the Franklin County Prison on $10,000 bond.

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