Police log 4/14

April 15, 2002

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Two teenagers escaped a house fire early Saturday morning, said Deputy Chief Chris McGarity with Waynesboro Fire Department.

The cause of the fire at 217 Park St. is under investigation, McGarity said.

Nobody was hurt in the fire that was put out at 6 a.m., he said.

A neighbor called 911 to report the fire, McGarity said. It took about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, he said.

The fire was contained to the rear of the house and its back porch, he said. A dollar amount for the fire damage had not been determined.

Two accidents occurred in two days in the same area near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Halfway Boulevard, Maryland State Police said.


At 1:50 p.m. Saturday a southbound 1994 Mazda 626 struck a northbound 1998 Ford Mustang that was turning left across traffic into the Home Federal Bank parking lot, police said.

The driver of the Mustang, Tiffany Kimbrough, 17, of Garis Shop Road, was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way on a left-hand turn, police said.

Kimbrough's passenger, her 13-year-old brother, Cody, was being evaluated at Washington County Hospital on Saturday night, a hospital spokesman said.

The Mazda driver, Juan Flores, 34, of Back Creek Valley Drive in Hedgesville, W.Va., was treated and released, the spokesman said.

A passenger in Flores' vehicle, Terry Hale, 43, of Back Creek Valley Drive, was in fair condition, the spokesman said.

On Friday at 8:36 p.m. a 1995 Chevy Suburban heading north on Virginia Avenue was struck by a southbound 2000 Hyundai Elantra after the Suburban's driver tried to turn left into the Food Lion parking lot, police said.

The impact pushed the Suburban into a 1998 Nissan Altima driven by Kendra Peacher, 22, of Dogwood Drive in Hagerstown, police said.

The Suburban's driver, Kevin Hoffman, 16, of Horseshoe Bend Road, was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way on a left-hand turn, police said.

A passenger in the Elantra, Laura Hawbaker, 20, of Woodland Parkway in Waynesboro, Pa., was taken to Washington County Hospital where she was treated and released, officials said.

The Elantra was driven by Kevin Marshal Lewis, of Virginia Avenue, police said.

THURMONT, Md. - A three-alarm fire Friday night caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to the Thurmont Cooperative's warehouse roof and two grain elevators, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

The fire was ruled accidental, most likely caused by an electrical problem involving wiring that ran under a conveyor belt near an enclosed wooden catwalk over the bins, fire officials said.

Fire officials said 125 firefighters from 12 fire companies responded. It took approximately an hour to get the fire under control.

The fire was contained in the roof of the 100- by 200-foot warehouse, fire officials said.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - An Ohio man was in fair condition Saturday night at Washington County Hospital after being injured when his car overturned Friday night, officials said.

Ryan Lancaster, 52, of Akron, Ohio, was southbound on the exit 3 ramp on Interstate 81 in Antrim Township when he lost control of his car and it overturned, Pennsylvania State Police said.

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Department on Saturday morning issued seven citations to minors for possession of alcohol after responding to reports of an underage drinking party, police said.

Officers arrived at the party in the 8800 block of Hawbottom Road northeast of Middletown at 1:30 a.m. Ambulances were called to take two minors to Frederick Memorial Hospital for severe intoxication, police said.

More citations are anticipated, police said.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged with resisting arrest and other offenses after allegedly running away from a police officer Friday night, the Frederick Police Department said.

Samuel Lee Bea of 533 Wellington Court was charged with driving without headlights, fleeing and eluding police in a vehicle, fleeing and eluding police on foot, reckless driving, negligent driving, driving suspended, hit and run, theft of a vehicle and resisting arrest, police said.

Officer Jerry Morales tried to stop Bea's car at 11 p.m. for driving without headlights but the vehicle did not stop, police said. After a short chase the car struck a tree in the 1400 block of West Key Parkway, police said.

Bea fled on foot through the Hunters Green Apartments and was apprehended behind the complex, police said. He had no license and the car he was driving had been taken without the owner's knowledge, police said.

There were outstanding warrants for Bea through the police department and the Frederick County Sheriff's Department, police said.

He was being held Saturday night at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $20,000 bond.

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