Police log 4/18

April 17, 2000

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police are advising people to avoid boating or other recreational activities in the Potomac River including creeks and streams today.

Due to recent rain, river levels are expected to reach hazardous levels, DNR said.

DNR police said the warning applies to the entire main stem of the river that runs through Maryland.

The warning, which was issued Monday, will be re-evaluated.

DNR defines hazardous levels as those causing treacherous currents, hypothermia or high waves that can be life threatening.

The warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced whitewater rafters.

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A porch caught fire at a home in the Robinwood Retreat subdivision Sunday afternoon, causing about $3,000 worth of damage, according to Dee Young, chief of Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co.

The fire spread from the deck to the siding on the house, Young said.

The house, which is on Rustic Tavern Road, is owned by Michael Brown of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Jane White lives there, according to Young.


Hedgesville firefighters were sent to the scene at 2:30 p.m. and stayed about 45 minutes. No one was home at the time.

The cause of the fire was still not known Monday afternoon. Young said Assistant Chief Brett Minnick was investigating.

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A piece of electrical equipment burned on a power pole Monday night, causing a power outage.

Chuck Haney of Allegheny Power said a cutout, which is similar to a fuse, caught fire. It occurred after 9 p.m. at a pole on Johnsons Mill Road, near a power substation.

At 10 p.m., he said the piece was being replaced and he expected power to be restored in less than an hour.

He had no estimate on how many Morgan County customers were without power.

FREDERICK, Md. - Two juveniles were charged with setting a pile of straw on fire at a construction site in Frederick County, Md., Sunday evening, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Police alleged that the juveniles, ages 8 and 10, were playing with matches at the construction site in the 800 block of Geronimo Drive when the straw caught fire at around 7 p.m.

A cross lying on top of the straw was also burned, police said.

Police said the juveniles had been playing with the cross several days before and the incident was the result of carelessness, not the intentional burning of a cross.

Additional information was unavailable Monday evening.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with having crack cocaine after police stopped his car on East Burke Street on Friday.

Charles J. Lewis III, 37, of 126 Raleigh St., was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and with driving with a suspended license, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

A Martinsburg police officer reported that he made a traffic stop because the driver appeared to be speeding.

The officer said the driver's license was suspended and called for a tow company to remove the car. A glass tube and six pieces of suspected crack cocaine in a bag were found in the car when an inventory was taken, police alleged in a complaint filed with the court.

A Delaware man who fell from a stone wall at The Venice Saturday night was listed in serious condition Monday evening at Washington County Hospital.

John Michael Wilfer, 67, of Selbyville, Del., was walking from the lounge at the Dual Highway motel when he fell 5 to 6 feet onto the macadam, according to Hagerstown City Police.

CLEAR SPRING - A burglar got away with tools, computers and rifles after breaking into a maintenance shop and office at the Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area on Blair's Valley Road, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the burglary occurred between 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday.

The buildings were ransacked and items taken, including a Delta reciprocating saw, a Firestorm cordless drill, a Craftsman hand grinder and other power tools, three Gateway computers, Hewlett Packard desk jet and laser printers, an Epson color printer, a Panasonic video camera, a Remington 700 bolt-action rifle, a Marlin .22-caliber bolt action rifle, a New England Arms tranquilizer rifle, a PNUE-Dart 171 tranquilizer rifle, two Cambridge Soundworks computer speakers and an Easy Photo Image Wave scanner.

Anyone with information about the burglary may call Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101.

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