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Police log May 14

May 14, 2001

Police log May 14



Fire causes damage to modular home


Fire officials are blaming an overheated flue pipe for a fire that caused $20,000 in damage to a modular home in the Fairview area Sunday morning.

Fire broke out at 16413 Shinham Road around 10:16 a.m. and was discovered by the homeowner, Ruth Garner.

Garner was taking a nap in the room where the fire started but got out safely, a Maryland State Fire Marshal said.

The investigator said the flue pipe, which was near an oil furnace, ignited an adjacent wall and flames spread throughout the home.

Garner and her husband Frank, both 73, were displaced by the fire and were being aided by the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Rescuers from Maugansville, Long Meadow, Washington County Air Unit, Community Rescue Service and Greencastle, Pa., went to the scene.

Police look for man in armed robbery


Authorities were on the lookout for a man driving a older model pickup truck in connection with an armed robbery Sunday evening.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies said a man entered a Washington County business around 9 p.m. and showed the clerk a 9-millimeter handgun.

He left the store with a undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes and soda, deputies said.

Additional information was unavailable Sunday evening.

Motorcyclist injured in Mountaineer race


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 16-year-old motorcyclist sustained a broken leg during a race at Mountaineer Raceway Sunday, according to officials at the raceway.

Injured was Jeff Funkhouser of Inwood, W.Va., said Tammy Kirby, a volunteer at the raceway. He was taken to Washington County Hospital by helicopter as a precaution, said her husband Curtis Kirby, who serves as a referee at the raceway. "It was just a regular motocross accident," Curtis Kirby said. "His throttle got stuck on his motorcycle."

A hospital spokesman said he was in the intensive care unit Sunday evening.

Man charged after police chase


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man was charged with multiple offenses after he led police on a chase on Interstate 81 into Chambersburg Saturday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Joshua Hershey, 21, was charged with driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding, possession of marijuana and numerous traffic violations.

Police first observed the man driving erratically while traveling southbound on the interstate around 2 a.m. When troopers attempted to make a traffic stop in the area of the southbound weigh station, the car left the highway at Exit 4 and traveled west on Pa. 914, then north on U.S. 11, at which point additional officers placed spike strips in the roadway to deflate the car's tires, police said.

The man continued to drive into the borough on Orchard Drive and then onto Wayne Avenue where his vehicle became disabled, police said.

Hershey was arrested and found to be under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Store cited after 17th false alarm


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Guilford Township home improvement store was cited after police responded to a false alarm Sunday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Lowes Home Improvement Center, 1600 Lincoln Way East, was cited for violating the Pennsylvania Crimes Code on alarm devices and automatic dialing devices, after police responded to the 17th false alarm at the store in a 12-month period, police said.

Man charged with swearing near kids


MONT ALTO, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man was jailed on a harassment charge early Saturday after he repeatedly used foul language in front of children, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Eric Howder, 30, was charged with harassment, police said.

The man used foul language in front of two young children at a Mont Alto man's Anthony Highway home around 12:15 a.m., police alleged.

He was still in the Franklin County Prison Sunday evening.

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