Police Log 4/9

April 09, 2002

Man charged in fire in Clear Spring

A Washington County man was charged Monday morning with five counts of

attempted second-degree murder in a March 3 fire at a 14658 St. Paul

Road house fire near Clear Spring.

Donald Lee Edwards was being held on $250,000 bond at the Washington

County Detention Center, jail officials said Monday night. Edwards, 18,

also was charged with five counts each of reckless endangerment and

arson, jail officials said.

The $100,000-plus fire was at first thought to be electrical in nature

but was reopened as being deliberately set due to additional information

from witnesses and a further examination of the electrical components of


the house, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said Thursday.

The fire started at 5:30 a.m. Owner Dianna Lynn Blair told fire marshals

she was awakened by a popping sound and saw fire near the front picture

window of the one-story rancher. Blair and four others in the house got

out safely.

City man charged after his car is hit by train

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hagerstown man was charged with driving under the

influence after a train struck his car at a railroad crossing on East

Burke Street Sunday, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records said.

Adam M. Mecinski, 35, of 1281 Lindsay Lane, was freed on $1,500 bond.

Mecinski was driving east on East Burke Street and turned onto the

railroad tracks at Flags Crossing when he realized a train was

approaching, according to Deputy Richard Rhinaman of the Berkeley County

Sheriff's Department.

Mecinski got out of his car and fled as the train struck his car on the

driver's side, Rhinaman said.

Rhinaman alleged that he could detect an odor of alcohol when he arrived

at the scene.

Va. men injured in Interstate 70 crash

Two Winchester, Va., men were injured in a single-vehicle accident

Monday night on eastbound Interstate 70 near the Downsville Pike

interchange, said Cpl. Greg Spickler of the Maryland State Police.

Arriving just a minute after the accident, Spickler said witnesses told

him the passenger in a 1985 Buick was hanging out the window gesturing

at a passing vehicle at around 6:56 p.m. Monday when the Buick's driver

lost control of the vehicle.

The Buick ran into the median, the crossed back over both eastbound

lanes, hitting an embankment on the right berm and flipping onto its

roof, Spickler said.

The passenger, Adam Whitaker, 19, was partially ejected from the

vehicle, Spickler said.

Both Whitaker and the driver, Jamie Burroughs, 19, were taken to

Washington County Hospital for treatment of their injuries. As of 10:15

p.m., both were still being treated in the emergency room.

Burroughs was charged with driving on a suspended Virginia license and

negligent driving, Spickler said.

Theft of $34,000 in items investigated

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The theft of more than $34,000 in power tools,

generators, an ATV and a number of rifles was being investigated by the

Pennsylvania State Police.

The crime occurred between March 30 and April 1on the Negro Mountain

Road in Union Township of Fulton County, police said.

Taken were rifles with Swarovski scopes, a muzzleloader, a Polaris 500

ATV , a Troybilt rototiller, log splitter, an 8x10 flatbed utility

trailer, televisions, VCRs, and an assortment of power and hand tools.

The victim is Joseph M. Reising of Marysville, Md., police said.

Cyclist hospitalized after Sunday crash

A motorcyclist injured Sunday evening when he collided with a turning

car on Whittier Heights was in fair condition Monday at Washington

County Hospital.

Thomas Alan Bender, 49, of 1520 20th Ave., Beaver Falls, Pa., was taken

to the hospital shortly after the 6:09 p.m. accident.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class David Sanders said Bender

was charged with improper passing after he hit a silver Honda that was

making a turn into a driveway.

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