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Police log in December 31 Morning Herald

December 31, 2001

Police log in December 31 Morning Herald



Hot embers from wood stove may have caused W.Va. blaze


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Fire officials believe hot embers from a wood stove may have caused a fire that heavily damaged a two-story house in the Oakland Heights subdivision Sunday afternoon.

A man in the house had placed hot ashes from the wood stove outside the house, said Donald Longerbeam, assistant chief of the Independent Fire Co.

When the man returned to the area a short time later, the garage was on fire, Longerbeam said.

It is believed the embers may have been blown back into the garage, Longerbeam said.

The fire destroyed the garage, charred a car inside, and spread to the attic before firefighters brought it under control, Longerbeam said.

No one was injured in the early afternoon blaze, Longerbeam said.

The house at 17 Oakland Terrace is owned by Keith Powers.

The Oakland Heights subdivision is located off W.Va. 9 just east of Charles Town.

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Front doors at school damaged by rock-throwing vandals


CLEAR SPRING - Vandals hurled rocks at several panes of the front entrance doors at Clear Spring High School over the weekend, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Six 18-inch-by-72-inch glass panes were damaged between 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Damage is estimated at $1,000.

Anyone with information about the vandalism may call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Three-vehicle crash leaves one hurt, storage units damaged


SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon left one person injured and several storage units damaged, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The accident happened as Charlotte Thomas, 73, of Hampden, Mass., moved her northbound 1995 Lexus from the right lane of Interstate 81 into the left lane, colliding with the right front of a 1998 Mack truck traveling in the left lane, police said.

Thomas lost control of her vehicle and collided with a third car, driven by Robert Rayhart, 41, of Shippensburg, that was traveling north in the right lane, police said.

The Lexus traveled off the right side of the road near mile marker 24 in Southampton Township, down an embankment, through a fence and into a storage building, police said.

The car continued traveling forward and struck a second unit, damaging seven in total, police said.

The truck and the 1994 Mercury Cougar driven by Rayhart both stopped in the left lane.

Thomas was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

Rayhart, his passenger, Robert Rayhart, Jr., 17, and Richard Ackerknecht, 48, of Northampton, Pa., the driver of the truck, were not injured.

Vehicles collide in intersection when driver tries to pass car


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Two vehicles collided in an Antrim Township intersection as one driver attempted to pass a stopped car Saturday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Dustin Beaver, 19, of Greencastle, was driving east on Pa. 16 when he allegedly attempted to pass a car stopped in front of him, police said.

Beaver's 1990 Chevrolet truck entered the intersection at Grindstone Hill Road and collided with a 1992 Toyota driven by Ashley Miller, 16, of Greencastle, who was driving north on Grindstone Hill Road, police said.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and were not injured, police said.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

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