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January 07, 2000

Man faces charges in Hancock shooting

HANCOCK - A report of shots fired at 9 p.m. Tuesday sent a Maryland State Police trooper and a Hancock police officer to 14234 Reel Road.

There they found a man in the yard and learned that he allegedly pointed a .22 rifle at his brother and fired several rounds, police reports said.

Also during the investigation, a suspected marijuana plant and several smoking pipes were located in the man's living quarters, police said.


Joseph Patrick Fotta, 37, of 14234 Reel Road, was charged with several counts of reckless endangerment, first-degree assault and a number of illegal drug charges, according to a press release by Trooper First Class J.W. Sagal.

He was to be taken before a bond commissioner this morning.


Suspects sought in purse snatching

Two men apparently working together stole a Williamsport woman's purse from her home Monday around noon, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The victim, a 78-year-old resident of North Vermont Street, told deputies she answered a knock at her front door and found a man who asked if she had any yard work he could do.

Meanwhile, a witness spotted another man running out the back door of the woman's house, getting into a light blue Mercury Cougar and then picking up the man who had been at the front door, deputies said.

When the witness told the woman, she went to the kitchen and found her purse and $80 were missing, deputies said.

Both men were white, deputies said. The man at the front door was wearing a red flannel shirt, blue jeans and had long, dirty blonde hair.

The car had damage to the right front side.

Anyone with information is asked to contact deputies at 301-791-3020 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.


Man struck by car on Halfway Blvd.

A 22-year-old man struck by a car Tuesday night on Halfway Boulevard behind Shoney's was in serious condition this morning at Washington County Hospital.

Thomas Lynn Kegarise, no address known, was found in the roadway around 9:15 p.m. by an assistant chief of the Halfway Fire Company, according to spokesman Alan Matheny.

It appeared the man had tried to run across the eastbound lane of Halfway Boulevard, Matheny said. Kegarise was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital.

The driver of the car was not injured.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is continuing its investigation of the incident.

Cell phone taken from parked car

Thieves broke into a car parked alongside the Hagerstown YMCA Tuesday night and stole a Nokia cell phone and $100 in cash, Hagerstown City Police said.

* Also Tuesday, a 1996 Fleetwood trailer was entered at Hoffman Auto Park, 101 S. Edgewood Drive, and stole a $300 Panasonic television, police said.

* Nintendo games valued at $399 were taken Tuesday from a home at 531 Liberty St., police said. There was no sign of forced entry.

Convenience store robbed in W.Va.

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A man carrying a gun robbed Lynn's Convenience Store along Grade Road on Tuesday night, according to emergency dispatchers.

The man demanded money and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, dispatchers said.

A police dog was taken to the store in an attempt to find the man but was unsuccessful.

The armed robbery, which occurred about 7:40 p.m., was being investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's department officials were not available for comment.

No one in the store was hurt, dispatchers said.

Lynn's is situated at 104 Forever Green Drive, located off Grade Road.

Vacant Pa. home damaged by fire

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - A vacant Blue Ridge Summit home sustained $10,000 in damage Tuesday from a fire that started when the owner put oven cleaner into a stove, turned on the self-cleaning switch and left to do some errands, a fire department spokesman said.

Damage to the two-story frame building was estimated at $10,000, said John Fleagle, deputy chief of the Blue Ridge Summit Fire Department. Damage was confined to the kitchen of the home.

"We had it under control in eight minutes," Fleagle said.

The house is owned by Harry Fogle, who was getting it ready to put on the market, Fleagle said.

Franklin County, Pa., units from South Mountain, Waynesboro and Mont Alto responded.

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