police log

November 08, 2000

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Chambersburg teen charged with four theft counts

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Borough Police have charged a 15-year-old boy with four counts of theft at J. Frank Faust Junior High School, 1957 Scotland Ave., between Oct. 19 and Nov. 2.

Police said $150 was taken from a boys locker room on four occasions. The lockers were not secured at the times of the thefts, police said.

Woman escapes unharmed from early morning fire

Instead of hearing her smoke detector go off just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jane Nelson awoke to the sound of fire crackling in the kitchen of her 3304 Chestnut Grove Road home.

Nelson, 63, escaped unharmed and is staying with a relative next door, according to Potomac Valley Fire Chief Ron Gray.

"There were no batteries in her smoke detector," Gray said.

The fire apparently was caused by a malfunctioning toaster, according to Maryland State Fire Marshal Steve Wendling.


Damage to the single-story, wood-frame home was estimated at $30,000. Insured, the home was declared uninhabitable.

Gray said fire damage was apparent in the kitchen, dining room and a bedroom. There was smoke throughout the residence.

Nelson is the owner and only occupant of the house.

Firefighters from Potomac Valley were assisted by volunteers from Boonsboro, Sharpsburg and Rohrersville. The Washington Air Unit and the rehab truck/food wagon were also on the scene until after 7 a.m.

An ambulance was on stand-by, but no one was injured.

Tuesday blaze destroys historic Orleans landmark

ORLEANS, Md. - A fire of unknown origin destroyed the historic Orleans Grocery Store Tuesday afternoon, leveling the 1832 building that used to service the C&O Canal.

Damage was set at $350,000 in the 3:04 p.m. blaze that displaced owners William and Edith Schoenadel, both in their mid-70s.

The couple lived in the building, which was uninsured, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Orleans and Flintstone, Md., firefighters were assisted by Hancock personnel and units from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Claryville.

The Washington County rehab truck/food wagon also went to the scene at 12719 High Germany Road.

A passerby discovered the fire and reported it to 911. The store was closed and the residents weren't home.

Suspicious package turns out to be transistor radio

A package found along Medical Campus Drive in the vicinity of the Robinwood Medical Center turned out to be a transistor radio, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Deputy Chris Howard went to the scene shortly before 9 a.m. when the package was spotted. He was joined at the scene by Funkstown firefighters and Jim Woods of the Maryland State Fire Marshal's bomb squad.

Police investigating two Washington County thefts

A leaf blower and a tool box, valued at $1,100, were stolen Tuesday from an unsecured garage at 14 Della Lane in Boonsboro, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> At 2:30 a.m. today, someone broke into a vehicle at the Interstate 70 Park 'N Ride and stole tools valued at between $600 and $700.

City residents mistake backfiring car for gunshots

What sounded like a series of gunshots rang out in the 100 block of East Franklin Street Wednesday evening, but a Hagerstown City Police bike patrol officer arrived in time to hear a car backfiring as it pulled away from the curb around 9:45 p.m.

Police said an investigation of the area failed to produce any shells, bullet holes or victims.

Despite the protests of residents in the area, police said there hadn't been a shooting.

Pair of minor accidents occur Wednesday evening

Two minor accidents occurred Wednesday evening in Washington County, according to a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher.

She said the incidents were on Railroad Lane in Smithsburg and Falling Waters Road in Williamsport.

Additional information was unavailable.

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