Police log for 3/14

March 14, 2002

Man sought on charges of burglary, assault

The Hagerstown Police Department is in possession of a Washington County Circuit Court bench warrant for Bradley Charles Harvey for failure to appear on charges of third- and fourth-degree burglary, second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property.

He is 29 years old, weighs 220 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Harvey's last known address was at 18 N. Colonial Drive.

Harvey's whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Anyone with information may contact police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Student douses burning pants in school fish tank

FREDERICK, Md. - When fire ignited his gasoline-soaked pants Wednesday morning, a 17-year-old Frederick High School student jumped into a large fish tank and successfully doused the blaze, a Maryland state fire marshal said.

The teenager sustained a second-degree burn to his lower left leg and was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment following the 10:50 a.m. incident in the school's paint spray booth.


Fire investigators learned that the student was scraping a decal from the engine cover of a minibike engine when a spark from the scraping action ignited the fumes from a nearby open container of gasoline.

In his haste to get out of the room, the youth accidentally kicked the container of gasoline, splashing the contents onto his pants leg.

He ran out of the room and jumped into the fish tank.

There was no structural damage to the school building at 50 Carroll Parkway in Frederick, fire marshals said.

Independent Fire Co. responded to the fire.

Skeletal remains on park land unidentified

While the human skeletal remains found Sunday on U.S. Park Service property near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., were still unidentified Wednesday, a police investigation indicates the person died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The FBI was called in Tuesday when the determination was made that the remains were on federal property.

But Wednesday afternoon, the case was turned back over to the Loudoun County, Va., Sheriff's Department which had been investigating the case when the remains were initially believed to have been in Virginia.

They were found by a walker on the Appalachian Trail shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday.

The remains were taken to the Northern Virginia Medical Examiners Office.

State Police out in force this weekend

FREDERICK, Md. - With the St. Patrick's Day weekend approaching, Maryland State Police say they will be out in force conducting sobriety checkpoints Saturday and Sunday.

Troopers will be assisted by Frederick city and county police as well as the State Highway Administration.

The operation is supported and funded by Frederick County's Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force.

In addition, extra troopers will patrol all roadways in Frederick during the weekend.

Police encourage picking a designated driver, driving undistracted and suggest all occupants of vehicles were seatbelts.

Minivan hits sheriff's cruiser, flees scene

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A minivan collided with a Berkeley County Sheriff's cruiser on South Queen Street Wednesday night, causing the cruiser to spin around in the road and break a small tree in half, police said.

The minivan, described as white or light-colored, was last seen leaving the scene, possibly driving east on Burke Street or John Street, said Kenny Lemaster, chief deputy of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The collision occurred at about 9 p.m. beside the Boys Club of Martinsburg at John and Queen Streets, said Lemaster.

The driver of the sheriff's cruiser, Cpl. Willie Johnson, was treated at City Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lemaster said he didn't know how the accident occurred because he had not had a chance to talk to Johnson.

Johnson was not responding to a call at the time of the accident, said Lemaster. The cruiser sustained heavy damage, said Lemaster.

The minivan was also described as having temporary tags, Lemaster said.

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