Police log in May 3 Morning Herald

May 03, 2001

Police log in May 3 Morning Herald

W.Va. man escapes blaze that causes $25,000 damage

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An 18-year-old man crawled safely out of his house after it caught fire Wednesday morning, a fire official said.

The man was sleeping in his mother's house at 3231 Olympia Drive, off W.Va. 45, when the fire started shortly after 9 a.m. in a bedroom, said Robbie Robinson, chief of the Bedington Volunteer Fire Co.

Heat and smoke from the fire woke the man, said Robinson. The man first got down on his hands and knees and looked for his dog, Robinson said.

He went into a hallway and felt a door, which was hot, Robinson said. He then crawled downstairs and out of the house, Robinson said.


The man and a neighbor tried to put the fire out with a garden hose before fire crews arrived, Robinson said.

The fire caused about $25,000 in damage to the house, Robinson said.

The man, whose name was not given, was taken to City Hospital for smoke inhalation and released, Robinson said. His mother, who arrived later, was taken to the hospital for treatment for an asthma attack, Robinson said.

The house is in the Redyns subdivision, emergency officials said.

Grease fire causes damages to trailer, injures Pa. man

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Quincy Township, Pa., man suffered minor injuries from a stove-top grease fire that caused an estimated $5,000 damage to his trailer at 9148 Capital Hill Road, a spokesman for the Mont Alto Fire Department said Wednesday.

The injured man was identified as Larry Dehart.

Joel Baker, engine sergeant for the Mont Alto Fire Department, said the alarm came in shortly before noon. The last unit left the scene at 12:40 p.m.

Units from Blue Ridge Summit, South Mountain and Waynesboro also responded, Baker said.

Man accused of assault faces hindering charge

A Hagerstown man who allegedly kicked a woman in the face and held a knife to her throat Sunday in the first block of East Franklin Street faces a new charge of hindering police.

Police initially charged Robert Earl Dudley, 43, of no fixed address, with the assault under the phony name of "Glover" that he had given police. He also gave police a made-up age and incorrect address, according to Lt. Gary Spielman.

Under the phony name, Dudley was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon. He is being held in lieu of $30,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

The victim in the assault refused medical treatment, police said.

Man charged with theft of equipment from Flextronics

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Borough Police have charged a Pleasant Hall, Pa. man in the theft of more than $50,000 of computers and office equipment last month from a company that recently announced its closing.

Chad E. Williams, 27, of 6599 Upper Strasburg Road, Pleasant Hall, was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, police said.

On April 9, computers, monitors, office equipment and tools worth more than $50,000 were stolen from Flextronics, 910 Progress Road, police said.

Members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission found most of the stolen computers and monitors April 19 in remote locations of Newville Game Lands, where they had been dumped, police said.

Police suspected Williams, got a search warrant and searched his home April 20.

Williams is in Franklin County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Flextronics announced April 23 it is shutting down its Chambersburg operations and laying off 160 employees between now and the end of June.

Police seeking information on hit-and-run accident

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred Monday evening in Quincy Township, Pa.

Charles A. George, 37, of South Mountain, Pa., told police he was driving a 1991 Toyota Corolla north on Loop Road and was trying to turn left on Coral Ridge Road when his car was struck in the left rear fender by another vehicle.

When George started to pull off the road, the other driver drove past and took off down Coral Ridge Road, police said.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call Tpr. Jon Mearkle at 1-717-264-5161.

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