Police log 4/20

April 19, 2000

Firefighters from Fairplay and Boonsboro went to St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 3:54 a.m. and encountered smoke in the building caused by Easter eggs left on the stove Tuesday, according to 911 dispatchers.

Chief Leonard Heller of the Fairplay Fire Company wasn't on the call but said he was told by his deputy chief that the day care center at the church had been making Easter eggs Tuesday and a pan was apparently left on the stove.

The amount of damage to the historic structure was not immediately known.

Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.

Maryland State Police on Wednesday were investigating a burglary at 13310 Independence Road east of Clear Spring where thieves took electronics and tools valued at more than $2,100.

Also taken was .22-caliber ammunition but no gun, police said.

- State police also investigated two incidents Tuesday in which vehicles were scratched.

At 21 S. Martin St., Clear Spring, someone caused $460 damage to a 2000 Ford Mustang, police said.


A 1997 Ford Escort was scratched to the tune of $300 damage at 11218 C Pepperbush Circle, police said.

- A white tailgate for a 1992 Nissan truck was taken Monday from Hammond's Auto Exchange at 16143 Falling Waters Road, Williamsport, police said.

Red and blue paint graffiti appeared again overnight Tuesday, this time at the South End Shopping Center on Maryland Avenue, Hagerstown City Police said.

On Monday, a home in the 500 block of Guilford Avenue was similiarly painted, police said. The names, "Gordo" and "Bear" wre common at both sites.

Tires and rims worth $400 were reported stolen from a porch at 12437 Gateway Ave. Tuesday afternoon, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A house on Hostler Road was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning, according to the Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Co.

The owners of the home were inside when they smelled smoke rising from the basement about 10 a.m., according to Ambulance Chief Lenny Lehman.

The owners, whose names were not available, were able to escape the house, Lehman said.

It was unclear Wednesday what caused the fire, Lehman said.

The house is about a half-mile off W.Va. 9 east of Charles Town, Lehman said.

A Washington County man has been charged with breaking into a Hagerstown store and taking Maryland Lottery tickets, Maryland State Police said.

Police said officers went to Your Country Store, 17035 Fairview Road, for a report of a tripped burglar alarm Tuesday at 12:10 a.m.

Police arrested Ronnie E. Domer, 29, of the 17000 block of Sterling Road in Fairplay, after a number of the tickets were cashed at convenience stores in Washington County.

Domer was charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools.

He was being held Wednesday evening at the Washington County Detention Center on $35,000 bond.

Following Domer's arrest, police obtained a search and seizure warrant for his home. They recovered stolen property valued at $50,000, police alleged.

The recovered items included power tools, hand tools, construction equipment, an all-terrain vehicle and fishing equipment.

Two 17-year-old males at Domer's residence were charged with possession of marijuana and a sawed-off shotgun, police said. They were released to their parents.

Police were continuing their investigation.

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