Police log for Aug. 23

August 22, 2000

Police log for Aug. 23

Juveniles in custody after probe into stolen vehicle

After a brief chase through a Halfway neighborhood Tuesday morning, two juvenile boys were taken into custody in a vehicle believed to have been stolen earlier from a Cedar Ridge Road home.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies were investigating the break-in when they learned a gray 1988 Oldsmobile station wagon had apparently been stolen from that home, using keys found inside.

The car was spotted just after 7:30 a.m. by Maryland State Police in the Noland Village area and deputies and troopers began to close in.

A brief chase ensued and the vehicle was boxed in by cruisers in the area of Linwood Road and Virginia Avenue. When the boys tried to run, they were stopped at 7:48 a.m.

Inmate found unconscious in Maryland prison infirmary

An inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown was taken to Washington County Hospital around 10 p.m. Monday after being found unconscious in the prison infirmary, according to Maryland State Police.

MCI Superintendent Lloyd "Pete" Waters confirmed that an inmate had been hospitalized but was unable to confirm the reason.

City police investigate thefts, damage reports

Hagerstown City Police were called Monday to investigate the theft of $200 from the purse of an employee of The Venice restaurant.

- A resident of the 100 block of Fairground Avenue came home Sunday after being away for several days and found his driver's side mirror had been taken from his vehicle and his passenger mirror was broken, police said.

- Approximately $1,900 in tools were taken from a pickup truck parked behind of the 200 block of East Avenue on Monday, police said.

- Someone attempted to break into the AC&T station on Frederick Street on Monday, setting off the alarm, police said.

Utility pole splits after vehicle hits it in county

LEITERSBURG - A utility pole on Miller's Church Road was broken in two when a vehicle crashed into it Tuesday evening, dispatchers with Washington County Emergency Services said.

The top of the pole was suspended over the roadway by wires blocking the road, dispatchers said.

The accident occurred just before 9 p.m.

Wooden lawn ornaments are taken from Leitersburg

LEITERSBURG - Wooden lawn ornaments valued at more than $300 were stolen from a Washington County nursery recently, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said Tuesday.

The theft at Snavley's Garden Center, 19719 Leitersburg Pike, occurred between 6 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, deputies said.

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

State fire marshal offers tips for 'latchkey' kids

Maryland State Fire Marshal Rocco J. Gabriele is urging parents of "latchkey" children to take steps to keep them out of danger.

"Children left unattended from the end of the school day until parents come home are at risk and need extra help in being fire safe," Gabriele said in a press release.

Gabriele recommended parents take the following precautions prior to the first day of school:

- Ensure smoke alarms are installed on all levels of the house and contain fresh batteries.

- Instruct children to leave the house immediately upon hearing the smoke alarm and go to a neighbor's house to report the problem.

- Do not allow children to cook without adult supervision.

- Hide matches and lighters.

- Do not allow the unsupervised use of space heaters, fireplaces or wood burning stoves.

Gabriele said parents should talk with after school providers to ensure safety precautions are being taken at their homes as well.

Heat gun sets off wood framing blaze at Halfway

HALFWAY - A woman using a heat gun to scrape paint off her home's exterior set the wood framing on fire Tuesday afternoon, according to Alan Matheny, spokesman for the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway.

Matheny said the 3 p.m. fire at 17540 Virginia Ave. caused less than $1,000 in damage and was quickly extinguished.

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