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Police log for Aug. 29

August 28, 2000

Police log for Aug. 29



Fire on city rear porch causes $5,000 in damages


Hagerstown firefighters raced to a rowhouse in the 700 block of Salem Avenue at 9:13 a.m. Monday where an intentionally-set fire on a rear porch caused about $5,000 damage.

Capt. Kyd Dieterich said the fire set at 711 Salem Ave. was quickly doused by firefighters from First Hose, Antietam, and Western Enterprise. The Emergency Air Unit also responded as did Community Rescue Service.

Only one of the four rowhouses was made uninhabitable by the fire, which spread inside, Dieterich said. No evacuations were necessary from the other units, Dieterich said.

The affected occupant has made other living arrangements.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh was investigating. Officials are asking anyone with information on this fire to contact Hersh at 301-790-2476.

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City man sent to Baltimore burn center following blaze


A cooking fire Saturday sent a Hagerstown man first to a local hospital and then to the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview in Baltimore.

Terrence Louis Smith, 59, of 750 Northern Ave., Apt. 2, was burned on the face and arms in a grease fire around 12:30 p.m., according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh.

"He first drove himself to Washington County Hospital," Hersh said, noting that he wasn't notified of the incident until Smith had been flown to Bayview by Maryland State Police helicopter.

There was no fire call for the incident.

Smith's condition Monday evening was listed as fair, a Bayview spokesman said.

Burglary reported Sunday at Orrstown, Pa., residence


ORRSTOWN, Pa. - A burglary reported Sunday at an Orrstown woman's home, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said $608 in cash was stolen from the kitchen of the Orrstown Road home of Kelly Henry between 2 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

According to the report, the front door of the house had been damaged by fire and boarded over. Someone reached through one of the boards and unlocked the door to get inside, police said.

Electrical power 'hiccup' experienced in city areas


An electrical power "hiccup" Monday afternoon affected thousands of Allegheny Power customers in the Hagerstown area and beyond, but only for a few seconds.

"A line tripped at 1:08 p.m. and then power came back on within a minute," said Allegheny Power spokesman Guy Fletcher.

Crews began canvassing the area immediately in an effort to find the cause of the problem and why it disrupted power, although briefly, Fletcher said.

Shortly after 2 p.m., indications were the trouble may have been in the Pangborn substation area and possibly involved a couple of lines that might have crossed, Fletcher said.

"The system is supposed to work this way when there is a fault in a line," Fletcher said.

Franklin Drug Task Force discovers marijuana plants


ST. THOMAS, Pa. - The Franklin County (Pa.) Drug Task Force found 7-foot tall marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $55,000 growing in several locations in town Saturday.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., members of the task force seized 26 marijuana plants which were hidden in thick brush.

The task force was assisted by Pennsylvania State Police-Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement and the Pennsylvania State Police Aviation Patrol Unit 3.

Police ask that anyone wishing to report suspected drug activity in Franklin County may call 1-800-344-3127.

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