Police log for Aug. 10

August 09, 2000

Police log for Aug. 10

People evacuated following bank fire

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - About 35 people were evacuated from Citizens National Bank, 212 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs, for about one hour Wednesday because of a suspected fire.

Several fire units responded to the scene to discover a belt had broken in an air conditioning unit on the second floor, causing smoke but no fire, said LT. Jami Clark of the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

The building was evacuated about 11:39 a.m. and the employees returned about 12:30 p.m. after firefighters cleared the building of smoke, Clark said.

Man charged with malicious wounding

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 19-year-old Kearneysville, W.Va., man was charged with malicious wounding Wednesday in connection with a July 21 incident in which a Martinsburg man was struck in the face with a tire iron, police said.


Shane Monroe Dodson, 19, of Route 3, Box 111, Kearneysville, W.Va., was arraigned Wednesday and bond was set at $10,000, police said. Dodson is in the Eastern Regional Jail.

Police said Dodson allegedly hit the man while he was in his vehicle in the area of S. Fox Croft Ave., Martinsburg. The complaint alleges that the attack caused one of the victim's teeth to be broken and chipped another tooth.

Arrest made in area burglary, car theft

An investigation into the Aug. 5 burglary of a Clear Spring area bar and theft of a car led to an arrest Wednesday morning, according to Maryland State Police.

Shan Eugene Eyster, 29, of 13207 Clear Spring Road, Clear Spring, was charged with burglary, motor vehicle theft, misdemeanor theft, felony theft and two counts of malicious destruction of property, according to Trooper First Class J.D. Crawford.

The burglary occurred at The Ranch Bar at 11320 National Pike Saturday. Cash was taken.

The stolen vehicle, a 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass, was driven away from 11333 National Pike, Crawford said. Later, the vehicle burned up on Interstate 70.

Eyster was being held on $10,000 bond Wednesday evening.

Tailgate theft probed in county

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are looking into the theft Tuesday of a red and chrome-striped tailgate from a 1991 Ford Ranger.

The tailgate, value unknown, was taken while the vehicle was at 20300 Old Forge Road, deputies said. About $200 worth of damage was done to the truck.

Smoke discovered in ventilation system

Firefighters from Funkstown, Halfway and the South End in Hagerstown responded to Review and Herald Publishing Co. at 1:16 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a fire in the air-handling system.

When firefighters arrived they found smoke but no fire. After an investigation they determined the smoke was from a faulty mechanism in the building's ventilation system.

Five to 10 employees inside the building were evacuated safely and firefighters were able to use the system to blow the smoke out of the building, firefighters said.

Units left the scene at 2:30 a.m.

Combine burns in Smithsburg blaze

CHEWSVILLE - Smithsburg Firefighters were unable to save a combine that had caught on fire in the middle of a field in the 2100 block of Oswald Lane Tuesday evening, Smithsburg firefighters said.

The combine, which was being pulled by a wagon, sparked and ignited hay nearby at 10:30 p.m., he said. The equipment was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The farmer who was operating the machinery got away safely and called 911, firefighters said. The combine was valued at $20,000.

Boating advisory issued for Potomac

Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced that boating and other recreational uses of the Upper Potomac River should be avoided through today.

Recent rainfall has made river levels on the main stem of the Potomac River from Paw Paw, Md. to Little Falls, Md., hazardous.

Hazardous stages are those levels which, because of hypothermia, wave action, high velocity or treacherous currents, non-white water vessels, tubers, swimmers, or people standing in the water fishing could be confronted with life threatening conditions.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.

Drug arrest made by Frederick police

FREDERICK, Md. - The sharp eyes of a Frederick City Police officer led to the arrest at 4:24 a.m. Wednesday morning of man suspected of dealing illegal drugs.

Arnold Franklin Moyd Jr., 19, of 1000D Heather Ridge Drive, No. 313, was charged with possession of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, police said.

Officer Marvin Cox alleged he saw someone with a quantity of the illegal drug and made a traffic stop after the man got into a car with two other men, police said.

Teen arrested after alleged assault

FREDERICK, Md. - One 15-year-old boy was arrested and another hospitalized with a serious stab wound late Tuesday in an incident between the two teens at West All Saints and South Court streets, Frederick City Police said.

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