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November 15, 1999

Man charged with DUI after accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Williamsport, Md., man was charged with driving under the influence, first offense with injury, after a Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man was run over by a pavement roller last week, court records show.

Randy Scott Gardner, 38, of 14880 Bottom Road, was charged last Wednesday, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Gardner was operating a pavement roller on W.Va. 9 East around 2 p.m. last Wednesday when Robert Lee Hess was struck by the pavement roller, court records state.

Hess, an employee of Craig Paving Inc., was in satisfactory condition Monday night at City Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police alleged in court documents that Gardner consumed two shots of an alcoholic beverage before lunch and failed two field sobriety tests.

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A conviction on DUI first offense with injury carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, court records state.

Driver critical after running into house

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an accident early Sunday in which the driver was thrown from his car when it struck a house in Quincy Township.

Ray E. Bakner Jr., 28, of 5 N. Potomac St., Waynesboro, was listed in critical condition Monday at Waynesboro Hospital, according to a Summit Health spokeswoman.

The accident happened at 1:11 a.m. on Pa. 997, about half a mile south of Orphanage Road, police said. Bakner was driving a 1991 Eagle Talon south when it drifted off the road, hit a mailbox and went down an embankment.

The car then struck a raised cement driveway and was airborne for about 54 feet before hitting the house, police said.

W.Va. brush fire destroys 15 acres

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A woods fire early Monday destroyed 15 acres in the Weber Heritage subdivision, fire officials said.

Fire officials were unsure whether the fire was started by lightning or an electrical transformer, said Fire Capt. Scott Michael of the South Morgan County Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire off Pious Ridge Road began around 2 a.m. with firefighters leaving the scene around 7:45 a.m., said Fire Chief Dan Unger with the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire guts Berkeley Springs house

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A house was destroyed early Saturday south of Berkeley Springs, according to the South Morgan County Volunteer Fire Department.

A man who was home at the time escaped unharmed, said Fire Capt. Scott Michael.

The fire began around 1:30 a.m. at the house that sits back from U.S. 522 south of Cherry Lane, Michael said.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Department was investigating the cause of the fire, but the sheriff did not return a call for comment Monday.

Car fire spreads to W.Va. house

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire that started Monday afternoon in an automobile spread to a house in Shannondale, causing an estimated $40,000 in damage to the home, a fire official said.

It is not known what started the fire in the car, which was parked beside the house along Wren Lane, according to Scott Knill, chief of the Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co.

The fire jumped to one end of the house, and although it caused significant damage, the house can be remodeled, Knill said.

A person who lived in the house had just arrived home when the blaze started about 5 p.m., Knill said. The owner of the house, Kristin Milne, was not home at the time.

Shannondale is a subdivision along W.Va. 9 east of Charles Town.

Hagerstown police make 6 drug arrests

Hagerstown City Police took six people into custody in the Jonathan Street area late Friday and early Saturday on a variety of drug charges.

Cedric Leon Williams, 25, of 142 E. North Ave., was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Williams was being held on $100,000 bond.

Five others were charged with one count each of possession of fake drugs, police said.

They were identified as:

* Tobey Lee Harris, 22, of 12105 Heather Drive.

* Harold David Trivitt, 53, of 60 W. Madison Ave., Greencastle, Pa.

* Patty Lou Harrington, 32, of 2608 Chestnut Grove Road, Rohrersville.

* Jamie John VanDyk, 20, of 544 Harbaugh Valley Road, Fairfield, Pa.

* Arnold Ray Strickland Jr., 33, of 20607 Old Forge Road.

All five were released on their own recognizance Monday, a Washington County District Court commissioner said.

Clear Spring blazes being investigated

CLEAR SPRING - Maryland state fire marshals on Monday continued to investigate the cause of two fires that destroyed structures in Clear Spring.

On Saturday, a hunting cabin on Cove Road was gutted by fire around 11:30 p.m., investigators said.

No one was inside the property when the fire broke out and was first noticed by a motorist. The building, owned by Dennis Michael, was engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Investigators said flames from the cabin spread to the surrounding woods and burned five acres.

Then, on Sunday morning, a 100-year-old home on the C&O Canal was destroyed by fire, investigators said.

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