Police log in April 25 Morning Herald

April 24, 2001

Police log in April 25 Morning Herald

Firefighers battle blaze at barn in St. Thomas

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Between 75 and 100 firefighters worked about four hours Tuesday to control a barn fire at Apple Way and Diehl's Woods roads, according to Thomas Bigler, fire chief for the St. Thomas Township Fire and Rescue Department.

The report of the fire came in about 4:30 p.m. The blaze was in a two-story barn of about 3,000 square feet on what is known as Emmass Acres, the site of a caregiving facility, Bigler said.

"It's a total loss," Bigler said of the barn.

No firefighters or individuals on the property were injured and cattle in the barn were safety removed, he said.

About 15 companies were on the scene, mostly to provide water tanker support in the rural area, Bigler said.

Although the fire was under control Tuesday night, Bigler said firefighters planned to keep it under close scrutiny.


"There was straw in the building and it's just a mess and the wind isn't helping us at all," Bigler said. "It's really blowing."

No cause had been established for the blaze.

"It's under investigation by the state police fire marshal," Bigler said.

W.Va. man faces charges following domestic dispute

A West Virginia man was being held on $20,000 bond after a woman was beaten in a domestic dispute Tuesday evening, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police officers were called to an apartment at 1000-G Noland Drive at around 4:44 p.m. for a report of a fight that had gotten violent.

When police arrived they found that the woman, whose name was not released, had a red mark on her cheek and a knot on her forehead, police said.

She alleged to officers that she had argued with her boyfriend and he beat her and waved a kitchen knife at her.

Butch James Strickland, 21, of 50 Skyline Village, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was charged with reckless endangerment and second-degree assault, police said.

He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center.

The woman was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

Woman fair after being thrown from pickup truck

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown woman was injured Sunday when she was thrown from a pickup truck when it ran off U.S. 522 and rolled.

Linda Sagal, 35, was listed in fair condition Tuesday morning, according to a spokesman at Washington County Hospital.

Pennsylvania State Police said Sagal was a passenger in a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by Ryan W. Smith, 28, of Warfordsburg, Pa.

Smith was unhurt.

Sagal was flown to Washington County Hospital in the medevac helicopter.

Woman pushed to ground, robbed of cash downtown

A woman walking alone on East Franklin Street near Mulberry Street early Tuesday was pushed to the ground and robbed of cash and jewelry by a man who fled west on foot, Hagerstown City Police said.

The woman, 36, had minor injuries including scratches and scrapes and several broken fingernails, police said. She didn't seek medical attention.

The robber was a 5 foot 6 inch tall black man in his 20s, wearing a white and black shirt and dark jeans, police said.

Man assaulted at site of future police substation

A man was assaulted Tuesday morning at the future site of a Hagerstown City Police substation at Jonathan Street and Murph Avenue, police said.

Leonardo DeVinci Mooney, 27, of 1029D Noland Drive, told police he was hit on the head with a crowbar by a man who then rode away in a black Chrysler LeBaron with New York plates.

Mooney was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, hospital officials said.

Witnesses told police they saw Mooney get into a maroon vehicle. A check of that vehicle turned up blood on the console, police said.

Mooney told police that all he knew was that three men jumped him and one hit him with a crowbar.

The attacker was a black man, 6 foot, 1 inch tall, weighing 210 pounds and wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, Mooney told police.

Officer Brenton Saur was continuing his investigation of the 12:06 a.m. incident. Anyone with information may call 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Pa. resident unhurt when car flips, then catches fire

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman escaped injury when her car flipped off an interstate exit ramp and caught fire Tuesday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Quetcy Reyes, 25, of 654 Cumberland Ave., was southbound on Interstate 81 attempting to get off the highway at Exit 5 at Wayne Avenue when the accident occurred, said Trooper Chester Dabrowski.

"She came off the exit too fast, and the roadway was wet and she went into the grass," he said.

The 1985 Ford Escort struck a concrete drainage tunnel and rolled onto the driver's side, police said.

Reyes was the only occupant in the car, and she was able to get out before it caught fire. The fire was contained to the front half of the car, Dabrowski said.

The Marion and Franklin fire companies responded to the 2:55 p.m. accident.

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