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November 13, 1999

Three children injured in W.Va. fire

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An early morning fire injured three young children Saturday, according to the Martinsburg Fire Department.

The children, whose names were not released, were taken to Martinsburg City Hospital and later flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, authorities said.

Their conditions could not be determined Saturday night.

According to fire officials, a fire broke out at 211 E. Liberty St. shortly before 2:45 a.m.

The children, two 3-year-old boys and a 3-year-old girl, were rescued from second-story bedrooms.

The children's mother escaped unharmed, fire officials said.

Investigators from the fire department and the Martinsburg Police Department were examining the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage Saturday night.

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Waynesboro man hurt in ATV wreck

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man was hurt Friday night when his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle struck a rock on a rural road in Franklin County, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Michael Hess, of Gap Road, was flown to York Trauma Center with head and chest injuries, police said. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in serious condition Saturday night.

According to police, Hess was riding his ATV down a mountain path at about 10:20 p.m. on Roth Rock Road in Quincy Township.

Hess struck a large rock and was thrown about 45 feet from the vehicle, police said.

Another ATV rider saw Hess and went for help.

Woman faces theft charge

HALFWAY - A Hagerstown woman was charged Friday with stealing several items from the J.C. Penney store at Valley Mall, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Samantha Kay Oyler, 30, of 221 Buena Vista Ave., was charged with misdemeanor theft and giving false information to a police officer, deputies said.

The store's loss prevention officers observed a woman removing several items at about 12:15 p.m.

The items included Pokeman toys, Elmo toys and flannel sheets.

The total value of the items was nearly $163, deputies said.

When Oyler was arrested, she allegedly gave a false name to Deputy Daniel Henley.

Brush fire burns woods in W.Va.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Saturday afternoon brush fire singed underbrush and dead trees on nearly three-quarters of woods at Shannondale Springs Public Hunting Grounds near Charles Town, a fire official said.

Nine units from four fire companies responded to Mission Road at 2 p.m., said Scott Knill, fire chief at Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Company.

It took firefighters two hours to extinguish the blaze, which might have been started by a deer hunter's cigarette that morning, Knill said.

He urged people to exercise extreme caution due to the dry conditions.

Pa. man injured at BMX track here

A 27-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., man was injured at 3 p.m. Saturday while racing at the BMX track at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

Mark Donia "got squirrely over a jump and fell the wrong way," said Brian Caron, vice president for Hagerstown BMX, which operates the track.

All riders must wear helmets, and Saturday's head injury was a track first, Caron said.

A Community Rescue Service ambulance transported Donia, who was unconscious for four minutes, to Washington County Hospital, according to CRS Capt. Charles Singleton.

Donia had been treated and released by Saturday night, said a hospital spokeswoman.

Two Pa. men face theft charge

FREDERICK, Md. - Two Hanover, Pa., men were charged with felony theft Saturday after a Home Depot store on Urbana Pike in Frederick was robbed of about $1,000 in merchandise, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Victor G. Mannone, 33, and William G. Moats, 25, both of Hanover, were charged after deputies from the Sheriff's Office stopped them on Interstate 70 eastbound in a gray Chevrolet that store witnesses saw fleeing the scene, according to police.

Two injured in wreck on Summit

Two people were hospitalized after a two-car collision Saturday evening at the intersection of Summit Avenue and Baltimore Street in Hagerstown.

Larrimore Webb Bowen, 55, of Hagerstown, was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stop at a red light after his 1991 Ford Taurus broadsided an Antietam Cab driven by Elfred Luellen King, 45, of Hagerstown, said Patrolman Doug Hay of the Hagerstown Police Department.

Bowen and a passenger, Denny Moquine, 43, of Hagerstown, were traveling north on Summit Avenue when the Taurus struck the cab, which was traveling west through the light on Baltimore Street, Hay said.

There were no passengers in the cab, he said.

Bowen refused medical treatment, and was released after he was charged, Hay said.

Moquine and King were transported by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, where they were still being treated in the emergency room Saturday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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