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March 08, 2000

Child injured in Hagerstown fire

A child was taken to Washington County Hospital Tuesday evening after a fire damaged a North Locust Street home, according to a dispatcher with Washington County Emergency Services.

The dispatcher said the child was a priority one patient, a designation reserved for severe injuries.

The fire to 242 N. Locust St., broke out around 10:30 p.m. and was extinguished about 20 minutes later, he said.

Additional information was unavailable Tuesday evening.


Bond reduced for Martinsburg mother

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Bond was lowered Monday for a woman accused of neglecting her three children when they died in a fire last November.


Berkeley County Circuit Court Judge David Sanders lowered Sara Louise Howard's bond from $45,000 to $20,000. Howard remained in Eastern Regional Jail late Tuesday.

Her attorney, Homer Speaker, requested that bail be reduced. Speaker declined to comment Tuesday.

Twins Brandi and Corey Howard, 3, and Mason Howard, 4, died as a result of smoke inhalation from the fire, which broke out in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 at 211 E. Liberty St., according to court records.

Sara Howard, 37, escaped out the window of the twins' bedroom.

The prosecution alleged Howard failed to make a reasonable attempt to save her children. Speaker has argued that she was scared and she panicked.


Three girls escape but don't get far

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said three girls who escaped from the Vision Quest youth detention center Sunday didn't get very far.

The juveniles ran away from the center on Rocky Mountain Road in Guilford Township at about 10 p.m. One was found by staff members within a few minutes and the other two were caught about an hour later by a state trooper, the report said.

Police said none of the girls got more than about 200 yards from the center. Their cases were referred to the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department, according to police.


Stereo, CDs stolen

A Kenwood AM/FM stereo, 25 compact discs, a compact disc case and a first aid kit worth a total of $862 were reported stolen Monday morning from a 1999 Jeep Wrangler at Hoffman Chrysler, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The driver's side window was smashed while the Wrangler was parked at the 100 South Edgewood Drive dealership for service, police said.


State police handle 315 Franklin cases

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police in Franklin County made 216 criminal arrests in February, according to the monthly activity report by Barracks Commander Lt. Thomas L. Barkdoll.

Troopers investigated 315 criminal offenses during the month and cleared 185 cases, the report said.

There were 104 traffic accidents in February, including 15 hit-and-run wrecks, the report said. Forty-nine people were injured.

State police reported no fatal accidents last month, although there was one person killed in an accident investigated by the Mid-Cumberland Valley Regional Police Department in Shippensburg, Pa.

Troopers handed out 572 traffic citations and 488 written warnings and 34 drivers were charged with driving under the influence, the report said.

Driver of truck pumps, doesn't pay

There was another sign Monday that gas prices are getting high.

Someone in a black two-door Ford took off from AC&T at 1701 Dual Highway at 3 p.m. Monday without paying after pumping $18.90 worth of super unleaded into the Ford, according to Hagerstown City Police.

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