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February 03, 2000

George Street fire probe continues

Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh will continue his investigation today into the cause of a fire that destroyed 620-622 George Street and damaged the neighboring duplex at 616-618 George St., he said Wednesday.

Authorities believe the Monday evening fire started at 620 George St., which is owned by Thomas Reilly. The fire gutted 620-622 George St. The roof of 616-618 George St. had fire damage and there was smoke and water damage to the first and second floors.

Hersh said a crane will be taken to the site and what remains of the roof at 620-622 George St. will be removed so that he can further examine the building.


The wood-frame structure will be torn down when he concludes his investigation.

Woman in serious condition after fall

A Hagerstown woman who plunged from a three-story duplex on Potomac Street Tuesday remained in serious condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center Wednesday evening, a spokesman said.

The woman, who has not been identified, was a "priority one" patient, a category for most severe injuries, according to dispatchers with Washington County Emergency Services.

Police were not describing the 9 p.m. incident as a crime.

Pa. man charged with falsifying test

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., man was charged with furnishing drug-free urine during a drug test last week at the Franklin County Probation Department, according to a Chambersburg Police report.

David E. Nunemaker Jr., 21, of 44 W. Madison St., was also charged with making an unsworn falsification, police said.

Chief Probation Officer Richard Mertz said Wednesday the man used a hidden squirt bottle.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a probation officer alleged he saw a man using the bottle to fill a specimen cup Friday morning.

Furnishing drug-free urine is a third-degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in prison, according to the affidavit. Unsworn falsification is a second-degree misdemeanor with a maximum two-year penalty.

Nunemaker had been sentenced Jan. 19 for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana, according to court records. He had been given a minimum of 28 days in jail and was paroled that day, having already served that much time.

Nunemaker was still in jail Wednesday, according to a prison officer.

Even if Nunemaker had tested positive for drugs, Mertz said he wouldn't have been found in violation. He said it was a "baseline test" done after sentencing and Nunemaker would have been expected to be drug and alcohol free on subsequent tests during his probation.

Mertz said others have tried to submit false samples in the past.

"We've had them give us vinegar and Clorox," he said.

Assault on juvenile alleged at Abraxas

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating allegations of an assault on a juvenile last month by staff members at a youth detention facility.

The report said police are investigating allegations that a juvenile at the Abraxas South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit, 10058 South Mountain Road, was injured by unknown staff members in an incident on the morning of Jan. 20. The report had no other details of the incident.

Windows shattered

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating three cases in which vehicle windows were shattered Tuesday, two in which nothing was taken.

* Around 7:44 a.m., deputies received a report of a back window broken out at 21628 Leiter St. in Leitersburg.

Damage was estimated at $700.

* Deputies were called Tuesday evening to 18223 Shawley Drive, where a rear window of a vehicle was broken out. Damage and loss were set at $1,550.

* Another call came in at midday Tuesday from 16720 Tammany Manor Road in Williamsport, where a back window was broken out of a vehicle and a black leather Harley-Davidson jacket and a pair of sunglasses, valued at $600, were stolen, deputies said.

Vandalism reported at American Legion

Several acts of vandalism to property at the Morris Frock American Legion Post on Northern Avenue were reported Tuesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

All the windows of a 1982 Cadillac were broken out, as were windows in other vehicles in the parking lot, police said.

A rear garage door to the building was also damaged.

Also under investigation Tuesday was the burglary of a room at the Hagerstown YMCA. Police said $50 was taken.

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