Police log for July 17, 2000

July 16, 2000

Police log for July 17, 2000

Blaze strikes trash compactor

HALFWAY - Halfway firefighters were called Sunday afternoon to put out a blaze in a large trash compactor outside the Valley Mall, spokesman Alan Matheny said.

The fire was extinguished quickly and the main building was not endangered, he said.

The compactor's contents were emptied and watered down.

Halfway was assisted by the Williamsport Fire Department.

Light fixture believed fire cause

KNOXVILLE - A faulty bathroom light fixture was being blamed for a fire in a vacant mobile home Saturday, investigators with the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal said.

The 12-foot by 45-foot trailer at 19700 Fog Eye Road, in Knoxville, was owned by Donald Ayers Jr., investigators said.

A neighbor saw smoke coming from the trailer and called for help at 6:44 p.m., investigators said.

The fire caused $2,500 in damages.

The trailer was vacant because of ongoing renovations.

Firefighters from Sharpsburg, Rohrersville, Boonsboro, Washington County Air Unit, Potomac Valley and the Brunswick, Md. went to the fire.

Arson attempt unsuccessful

An unsuccessful arsonist attempted to burn down a mobile home by sticking a rag down the gasoline filler pipe and lighting it Saturday evening, said investigators with the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Investigators said fire scorched the side of the 1997 Chevrolet Series 30, Coachman Mobile Home, before burning itself out at 8:15 p.m.

The fire to the mobile home, in the 10800 block of Oak Valley Drive in Hagerstown was first noticed by a neighbor.

It caused $500 in damage, investigators said.

Investigators are continuing their investigation. Officials have asked anyone with information may call the Western Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at 301-791-4758.

Driver leads police on high-speed chase

FREDERICK, Md. - The driver of a vehicle with a tire missing and no headlights on led police on a chase reaching speeds of 80 mph Saturday, said Maryland State Police in Frederick.

Police said a citizen told police that a 1994 Pontiac Firebird was driving east on U.S. 40 from Md. 17 with a flat tire at 9 p.m.

Officers located the Firebird in the area of Gambrill Park Road speeding east on U.S. 40. The vehicle's headlights were not on and the vehicle was riding on one of the tire rims.

Police said the driver did not respond to emergency lights or sirens and sped off before losing control at Old Camp Road. The vehicle became disabled at the median, police said.

Scott Edward Wendle was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated and other traffic violations.

He was being held by authorities pending a bond hearing.

Children injured in golf cart mishap

Three children were injured Sunday afternoon after the golf cart they were riding in slammed into a parked box truck on Waltz Road, just off Route 64 and Twin Springs Road in Chewsville, emergency officials said.

An 8-year-old boy, and two 10-year-old girls were taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulance.

The injuries were not serious, officials said.

The accident happened in front of 12012 Waltz Rd. at about 1:30 p.m. One of the children driving the cart lost control and collided with the drivers side of the parked truck, officials said.

Missing 10-year-old girl found in W.Va.

BERKELEY SPRING, W.Va. - A 10-year-old girl who left home Saturday evening after fighting with her sister was found Sunday morning, about 10 hours later, a deputy sheriff said.

The girl, whose name was not released, was crying and scared, said Morgan County Sheriff's Department Deputy Allan Thomas. She had been bitten by a dog, but the bite did not result in serious injury. The girl was treated at War Memorial Hospital and released.

Thomas said the girl lives on Burnt Mill Road. At about 7:30 p.m., she walked away from the house after an argument, he said.

When the girl didn't return, officers from the state police and from Morgan and Berkeley counties set out to look for her. Area fire departments, neighbors and friends also helped.

Thomas said a neighbor spotted the girl walking near W.Va. 9 at about 5:30 a.m., almost two miles from her home.

The girl was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. Thomas said the temperature was in the mid-60s overnight, and there was some rain.

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