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Police log in 1/23 Morning Herald

January 23, 2001

Police log in 1/23 Morning Herald



Westminster man charged in connection with thefts


Washington County authorities said Monday that a Westminster, Md., man was charged on Jan. 16 in connection with seven burglaries committed here last winter.

Kevin Andrew Beal, 18, was charged as an adult for the burglaries allegedly committed when he was a juvenile.

Beal's juvenile status was waived because of the seriousness of the crimes, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies waited until Jan. 16 to file the charges because Beal, of 300 Robins Way, Apt. 3, was completing a sentence at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster.

Beal was held on a detainer from Washington County that prevented his release, deputies said.

He was returned to the Carroll County Detention Center after the warrant was served, deputies said.

Deputies allege that Beal, Michael Patrick Sandel and another juvenile broke into homes on Gossard Mill Road in Hagerstown, Broadfording Road in Clear Spring and Boyd Road in Clear Spring in February and March 2000.

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Beal was charged with seven counts of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, five counts of theft of more than $300, two counts of theft less than $300, malicious destruction of property, possession of a handgun in a vehicle, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit theft.

Sandel was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his part in the burglaries, deputies said. The third person involved was prosecuted as a juvenile and released to his family, deputies said.

The cases were part of a joint investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Maryland State Police and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Monday night fire damages Western Pike residence


HANCOCK - Firefighters were called to put out a fire that damaged a house on Western Pike near Hancock Monday evening, according to a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher.

The fire at 5102 Western Pike broke out around 8:30 p.m. and was reported to have started in the chimney, he said.

Additional firefighters from Allegany County, Md., and Fulton County, Pa., were called out to help.

Malfunctioning furnace may have caused blaze


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A malfunctioning furnace may have been to blame for a fire that destroyed a mobile home on Johnson's Mill Road Monday afternoon, according to a fire official.

The mobile home was consumed in flames when firefighters arrived about 3:30 p.m., said Dan Unger, chief of the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Dept.

The occupants of the mobile home were not at home at the time, Unger said. It is not known who owned the home.

A nearby neighbor was the first one to notice the fire, Unger said.

Mobile home destroyed in Monday morning fire


BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - A fire destroyed a mobile home along Old Mill Road in Bunker Hill Monday morning, according to a fire official.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the mobile home was engulfed in flames, said Sgt. Matt Ryan of the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co.

No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at about 11:45 a.m., Ryan said. It is not known what started the blaze, he said.

The owner's name was not available.

Hagerstown police probe broken store window spree


Fresh from the investigations into a series of broken store windows downtown last week, Hagerstown City Police were checking into a similar spree at the Centre at Antietam Creek off Eastern Boulevard.

A total of 28 windows in shops that aren't open yet were shot out over the weekend, police said. The dollar value of the damage was estimated at $15,000.

Police believe the bulk of the damage was done between midnight and 5:45 a.m. Saturday. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved, police said.

Anyone who might have seen anything suspicious in the area during that time may contact Hagerstown City Police Criminal Investigative Division at 301-790-3700, extension 234.

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