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Police log 6/13

June 12, 2000

Williamsport man reported missing

WILLLIAMSPORT - A Williamsport man believed to be traveling with a religious group was reported missing by his parents on June 7, according to Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies said the parents of Jason Clifford Knode, 26, of 15627 Clear Spring Road, last saw their son on July 31, 1999, at their home but were in telephone contact with him until April 11.

Knode told his parents he was in Eureka, Calif. at the time. His parents said Knode may be traveling with the Rainbow Group, a religious organization.

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Knode is described as caucasian with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet 6 inches and 150 pounds with a scar on his left forearm.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts may call deputies at 301-791-3020.

Electrical wiring blamed in fire

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Faulty electrical wiring was being blamed for a fire that displaced residents and caused $50,000 in damages to a Frederick County apartment building Monday morning, fire investigators with the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal said.

Investigators said the fire at 409 E. Potomac St., Brunswick, Md. was confined to the attic floor where it originated.

Firefighters from Brunswick, Jefferson and Lovettsville, Va., were called to put out the blaze to the two-story building.

Investigators said the fire was discovered by residents and there were no injuries.

The American Red Cross was assisting the displaced residents.

Hagerstown police respond to calls

Hagerstown City Police reported the following:

- A silver 1996 Ford Taurus with Maryland tags FZS815 was reported stolen early Sunday morning from the rear of the first block of Avalon Avenue.

- A 14-year-old Brittany Spaniel was apparently shot Sunday around 7 a.m. The dog's owner heard two gunshots and later went out looking for her dog, which she found bleeding profusely from the chest and front leg. The dog was taken to Cumberland Valley Veterinary Clinic.

- A 187-piece tool set stolen from Sears in Martinsburg, W.Va., was recovered Sunday afternoon when a man tried to return the set to the Sears in Hagerstown.

The man also tried to steal a $309 DeWalt cordless drill and trim saw combo pack, but dropped it in the parking lot and ran when confronted by security.

- A Sony camcorder worth $500 and a Minolta still camera worth $250 were stolen Saturday from a 1996 Ford Econoline custom van parked at the Hampton Inn on Dual Highway. Two rear passenger windows were smashed.

- A $900 digital camera a Kraftsman shed salesman had stored in a shed outside Sam's Club on Wesel Boulevard was stolen Saturday evening.

- A counterfeit $50 bill was discovered Friday when a customer at Lighting Auto Repair & Towing at 720 Cross St. paid for a $100 repair job. The counterfeit bill was too small and the color and texture were different.

- A Maryland automobile tag, HFA746, was stolen off a 1987 Chevy Camaro parked in the 100 block of East Franklin Street on Friday.

- A stolen 1988 maroon Chevy was recovered Saturday when someone reported a vehicle blocking the intersection of Randolph Avenue and Locust Street.

Bikes reported stolen

The Washington County Sheriff's Department reported the following stolen bikes:

- A 20-inch green Mongoose Rogue bike worth $279 was stolen from the 19600 block of Meadowbrook Road Sunday night.

- A lime green Haro trick bike, a Blamo model, was left outside the Sheetz store in Williamsport and stolen Wednesday afternoon.

2 charged in chase

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State Police in Chambersburg charged two Hagerstown men with receiving stolen property following a police chase of a stolen vehicle that began in Berkeley County, W.Va., followed Interstate 81 through Maryland, and ended up in a field in Franklin County when the vehicle became stuck in the mud.

Arrested were Abraham Eugene Boyd, 18, and Christopher Lynn Pfaff, 22. Police provided no addresses for the pair.

The chase, which began in West Virginia around 10 a.m., ended up in a field off U.S. 30 near Chambersburg, police said.

The vehicle, which was not identified in the police report, is owned by K&M Equipment Inc., of Oklahoma City, Okla., police said.

Both suspects were taken to the Franklin County Prison, police said.

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