Police log in May 10 Morning Herald

May 10, 2001

Police log in May 10 Morning Herald

Family forced from home following Wednesday blaze

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Five members of a family were forced from their home by a fire early Wednesday.

Firefighters responded to a blaze at 798 Charles Town Road at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Ross Morgan, assistant chief of the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department. The home was owned by Bobby Rutherford, Morgan said.

Firefighters were on the scene for about 2 1/2 hours, said Ed Smith, manager of the Jefferson County Ambulance Authority and chief of the Independent Fire Department, which also responded.

The family consisted of parents and three children, ages 9, 5 and 5 months, Smith said.

While the cause of the fire remained under investigation, both Smith and Morgan said it appeared to be electrical in nature.


The building was not declared a total loss, but was substantially damaged, Morgan said.

Fire damages bathroom in area apartment building

A fire damaged a bathroom in an apartment building in Hagerstown Wednesday evening, according to Battalion Chief C. Kingsley Poole.

The fire broke out at 650 N. Locust St. at around 4:45 p.m. in the bathroom of a third floor unit, Poole said.

Firefighters quickly put out fire, he said.

Two families were home in the multi-unit building when the blaze broke out and got out safely, he said.

Poole estimated damage at around $5,000. He said the building was livable.

At least nine vehicles broken into in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - At least nine vehicles were vandalized or broken into in the area of Fredericktowne Village since Monday, said Frederick Police Chief Major Regis R. Raffensberger.

Raffensberger said four of the incidents occurred Wednesday morning.

People parking their cars in the area of Fredericktowne Village should take precautions to deter vehicle damage and theft, he said.

He recommended that people not leave valuables on the seats or dashboards of their vehicles.

Always lock doors, trunk and external equipment boxes, even if you only plan on leaving your vehicle briefly, he said.

At night leave your vehicle in a locked garage or in an easily monitored area, Raffensberger said.

Chambersburg man injured when car sideswipes truck

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man suffered minor injuries when his car sideswiped another vehicle Monday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Randy Woodbury, 45, of Chambersburg, was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for lacerations to his left arm and torso, police said.

The 4:05 p.m. accident in front of 5129 Wayne Avenue in Guilford Township occurred when Woodbury's 1983 Volvo encroached on another vehicle's lane, police alleged.

The northbound Volvo sideswiped a southbound 1997 Chevrolet truck driven by Ralph Fitz, 76, of Waynesboro, police said. The impact caused the truck to spin counterclockwise and come to a rest in the northbound lane.

Fitz was not injured, police said.

Doe destroyed after running loose in Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A female deer running loose in downtown Chambersburg Tuesday morning had to be destroyed after it was trapped inside a dry cleaning business, Chambersburg Police said.

The doe ran into Rocket Dry Cleaning, 5 N. Main St., shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

It ran into the dry cleaners and laid down in a storage room at the rear of the store, police said.

Police blocked the doe in the room and called a Pennsylvania Game Commission officer to the scene. The officer attempted to tranquilize the animal, but it had to be destroyed, police said.

Two hurt in four-vehicle crash in Guilford Township

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Franklin County residents were injured and a roadway was closed Friday after two cars collided on a one-lane bridge in Guilford Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Clare Renzulli, 27, of Chambersburg, was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for a head injury and released, a hospital official said.

Janet Scalise, 59, of Chambersburg, was treated for minor injuries at Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Friday on Social Island Road at Camp Robinhood Road in Guilford Township, police said.

Renzulli was eastbound on Social Island Road in a 1998 Suzuki Sidekick, and Scalise, in a 1996 Mercury Mystique, was headed west on the road, police said.

Scalise was crossing the one-lane bridge, and Renzulli became airborne as her vehicle entered the bridge from the west, police alleged.

The front of Renzulli's car struck the front of Scalise's vehicle. Scalise's car was forced backward about 60 feet. Renzulli's vehicle rolled onto the passenger side after impact, and the hood and roof struck the stone barrier on the south side of the bridge. It continued east and struck a third car that was traveling west, police said.

The 1991 Ford F-150, driven by Gerald Byers, 44, of Chambersburg, was forced backward into a fourth vehicle, a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Amber Kovach, 20, of Chambersburg.

Byers and Kovach were not injured, police said.

The road was closed for two hours and traffic was diverted while the accident was cleared, police said.

Man who brought dagger to school faces charge

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man who had a 9-inch dagger at Chambersburg Area Senior High School last week faces criminal charges, Chambersburg Police said.

Jarrett R. Johnson, 18, of Chambersburg, was charged with possession of a weapon on school property, police said.

Police said Johnson had the dagger and sheath at the school at 511 S. Sixth St., at 8:55 a.m. last Wednesday.

He was taken to the Chambersburg Police Department and then released to a family member, police said.

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