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Police log in January 17 Morning Herald

January 17, 2002

Police log in January 17 Morning Herald



Man accused of ramming ex-wife's car turns himself in


A Fairfield, Pa., man accused of ramming his estranged wife's car several times Sunday night in the Smithsburg/Cavetown area turned himself in Wednesday morning at the Maryland State Police barracks.

James Barry Earhart, 41, of 2310 Waynesboro Pike, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, hit and run, reckless and negligent driving, Trooper 1st Class Doug Bittinger said.

He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday on $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

Bittinger said the incident began around 3:30 p.m. when the woman left her place of business. Alone in her vehicle, the woman told police she noticed her estranged husband behind her in a pickup truck.

Speaking with police on a cellular telephone, the woman said the truck rammed her car several times, Bittinger said.

Police were dispatched to intercept the two vehicles but when they approached, the pickup truck had already turned and headed into Pennsylvania, Bittinger said.

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"I spoke with the Washington County State's Attorney's office and was told they would extradite Earhart," Bittinger said.

Police in Pennsylvania were alerted, Bittinger said. They later located Earhart and served him with the Maryland charges.

Boys who fled youth camp caught by Hagerstown police


Hagerstown City Police nabbed two boys Tuesday morning who allegedly stole a car and fled the Savage Mountain Youth Camp in Garrett County, Md., Sunday.

Sgt. George Knight said police had been notified of the escape Sunday and got a telephone tip Tuesday that the boys were in the West End of Hagerstown.

After a brief foot chase, the boys were taken into custody, Knight said. They were being held at the Juvenile Holdover Center on Jonathan Street until they could be returned to the camp.

The stolen vehicle, a Honda Prelude owned by a Grantsville, Md., man, was recovered in the 100 block of Alexander Street, police said.

Malfunctioning dryer may have caused Frederick County blaze


BRADDOCK HEIGHTS, Md. - A malfunctioning dryer was the apparent cause of a fire in a 13-unit apartment building that left two occupants homeless and claimed the life of a cat in Braddock Heights Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said Wednesday.

The fire at 6724 Jefferson Blvd. is believed to have started in the laundry room of a basement apartment at 3:48 p.m., investigators with the Maryland State Fire Marshal said.

Fire damage in the four-story building was limited to one unit, and another unit was heavily damaged by smoke.

A pet cat was found dead at the scene and another was missing. All occupants were evacuated safely and are being helped by the American Red Cross, a fire marshal said.

All occupants but two were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday morning. The building is owned by Cristina and Kenneth Junkins, a fire marshal said.

The fire caused about $60,000 in damage, said Pat McTighe, assistant chief of the Braddock Heights Fire Department.

Burglars break into home, business in Maugansville


Burglars broke into a business and a home over the past two days in Maugansville, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Police said $100 was taken from Booksavers on Railroad Street Tuesday.

Early Wednesday, a resident discovered a screen in his Green Mountain Road home had been cut. The resident believed someone had entered the home but didn't appear to have taken anything, police said.

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