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Police log 1/14

January 14, 2000

Three charged in false alarms

Two Hagerstown brothers and a 16-year-old boy have been charged in connection with a month-long series of false fire alarms and a dumpster fire the day after Christmas, according to a Hagerstown fire marshal.

Robert Howard Strothers IV, 18, of 21 W. Antietam St., and Gregory Jeffrey Strothers, 21, of 49 N. Potomac St., were served with criminal summonses last week, said Fire Marshal John Hersh.

 

A March 7 trial date has been set.

The juvenile will be tried in juvenile court, Hersh said. No date has been set.

Robert Strothers and the 16-year-old boy are each charged with six false fire alarms between Nov. 30 and Dec. 28 - three of which were telephoned into the 911 center from the same telephone at Washington and Elizabeth streets, Hersh said.

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Two others were street alarms where a fire alarm box was pulled, Hersh said. The final call was a false ambulance call on Dec. 31.

In each case, firefighters raced to the scene but found no fire, medical problems or other emergencies.

The dumpster fire on Dec. 26 was reported at 9:54 p.m. on the property of Corderman's Hardware on West Washington Street, Hersh said.

Gregory Strothers was charged with all the same offenses except for the false street alarm at Locust and Lee streets, Hersh said.

 

Car hits woman, injuring her foot

A Hagerstown woman suffered a foot injury Thursday when she was struck by a car near the CVS store at Hagerstown Commons, Hagerstown City Police said.

Misti Dawn Winders, 34, of Crystal Falls Drive, was carrying her 18-month-old child at about 11:30 a.m. when a car backed from a parking space and knocked her down, police said.

An older couple in the vehicle helped Winders up and then drove away.

Winders initially thought she was not hurt, but then went to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated for a foot injury and released, police said.

Police are requesting assistance from the public to complete the investigation.

Anyone who saw the incident may call Officer Ernest Stoner at 301-790-3700.

 

1989 Ford reported stolen

A 1989 Ford was reported stolen Thursday from the 300 block of Henry Avenue, Hagerstown City Police said.

The blue, two-door car, valued at $1,500, has Maryland tags GNB 312, police said.

 

Man's hand burned by wax

FUNKSTOWN - A Garis Shop Road man was flown to the hospital Thursday after his hand was burned by wax from a candle, officials said.

Mike Rowland, of 9742 Garis Shop Road, was flown to Bayview Medical Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesman.

Rowland picked up a candle from a cake at 4:08 p.m. and suffered second-degree burns to his right hand, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Jonathan Gift said.

"He apparently picked it up to move it, and it burned him," Gift said.

 

Four face drug charges

FREDERICK, Md. - Four arrests have been made in the past two days by Frederick City Police, all for allegedly delivering crack cocaine to an undercover police officer.

Charged are Vernon Anthony Dyer, 20, of John Hanson Apts., 500 N. Bentz St.; Devon Epps, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Donald Cameron Whitworth Jr., 46, of the 300 block of East 3rd Street; and Shannon Marie Hamilton, 21, of the 200 block of North Market Street.

All are facing charges of distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, police said.

The deals occurred in the 300 block of East 3rd Street and the first block of West 6th Street, police said.




CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - No one was injured Thursday afternoon when several thousand bricks fell off the side of a cold storage business in Greene Township, according to Franklin County Hazardous Material Coordinator Gary Himes.

The call to the 911 center from Zero Ice Corp., 42 Siloam Road, came in at 1:08 p.m.

Himes, who is also deputy chief of the Franklin Volunteer Fire Co., said the collapse of the brick facade may have been related to high winds.

A wind speed indicator on top of the Franklin County Courthouse measured steady winds above 25 mph and a gust of 56 mph at 1:03 p.m., according to County Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Monn.

The bricks from the 30-foot-high wall fell onto a paved area next to the building, although some spilled onto Siloam Road.

There was no damage to the concrete block under the bricks, or to the refrigeration system at the business.




FUNKSTOWN - A Garis Shop Road man was flown to the hospital Thursday after his hand was burned by wax from a candle, officials said.

Mike Rowland, of 9742 Garis Shop Road, was flown to Bayview Medical Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesman.

Rowland picked up a candle from a cake at 4:08 p.m. and suffered second-degree burns to his right hand, Funkstown Volunteer Fire. Co. Chief Jonathan Gift said.

"He apparently picked it up to move it, and it burned him," Gift said.

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