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Police log 2/8

February 08, 2001

Police log for 2/8



Cigarettes taken in Hancock heist


HANCOCK - Someone broke into Gary's Service Station Tuesday by prying a fan away from the wall.

Twenty-five packs of cigarettes were stolen, according to Maryland State Police.

Wall heater shorts; firemen respond to furniture store

Hagerstown firefighters were called to Routzahn's furniture store Wednesday evening after a wall heater shorted out, according to Battalion Chief Ron Horn.

Horn said when firefighters arrived around 8:30 p.m. the fire was out. The newly renovated store is near Sears in the Long Meadow Shopping Center.

There was no damage to the building, Horn said.

Firefighters disconnected the heater before leaving, he said.

Two injured in four-car accident, Pa. police say


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two people were injured in a four-car accident near the State Police barrack Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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Antonio Becerra-Salas, 52, of Chambersburg, was charged with driving under the influence, police said.

John Silk, 70, of Woburn, Mass., and Zoila Hernandez, 23, of Chambersburg, were treated at Waynesboro Hospital for their injuries, police said.

The accident happened at 6 p.m. on Pa. 30 at Franklin Farm Lane in Guilford Township as traffic came to a stop due to congestion.

Becerra-Salas' vehicle collided with the rear of Silk's car, police said. In turn, Silk's vehicle rear-ended a third car driven by Jack Polk, 62, of Newville, Pa., whose car hit the rear of Torrie Mellott's vehicle, police said.

Becerra-Salas failed several field sobriety tests and was taken to Chambersburg Hospital where tests determined his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit, police alleged.

Hernandez, a passenger in Becerra-Salas car, suffered minor injuries. Two other passengers in that car, Urbano Ramos, 29, and Antonio Perez, 25, both of Chambersburg, were not injured.

Neither Polk or Barbara Silk, 64, of Woburn, Ma., a passenger in John Silk's car, was injured.

Torrie Mellott, 29, of Burnt Cabins, Pa., and her passengers, Hellen Mellott, 65, and Catherine Mellott, 4, were not injured.

Woman offers reward in purse-snatching incident


The woman who was knocked down and robbed of her purse Jan. 30 in front of Office Max at the Centre at Hagerstown is offering a reward for the apprehension of her assailant.

Immediately after the 11:15 a.m. incident, the woman said she contacted her bank and her credit-card companies to report the theft.

Nonetheless, several checks were cashed and the credit cards were used, some in the Martinsburg, W.Va., area, she said.

The car believed to have been used in the incident was described as a 1980s model beige Ford Escort-type, believed to be from West Virginia.

The victim's purse was grabbed by the passenger, also a woman, who rolled down her window and asked directions before accosting the woman and knocking her down.

Anyone with information on the robbery or the robbers may call Hagerstown City Police at 301-790-3700.

City man charged with felony theft by state police


A Hagerstown man has been charged with felony theft after $800 was withdrawn from his former mother-in-law's checking account, according to Maryland State Police.

Frederick Daniel Fischer, 46, of 603 N. Mulberry St., had previously had permission to assist his mother-in-law with her shopping and banking due to her poor health, said Trooper 1st Class Troy McDonough.

But when the August 2000 withdrawal was made, that arrangement was no longer desired by the family, McDonough said.

The bank, which was familiar with Fischer's banking arrangements with his mother-in-law, presented him with a cashier's check, police said.

The victim's daughter discovered the withdrawal during an audit.

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