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Police log 4/29

April 29, 2002

City firefighters help limit damage from fire


For 21/2 hours Sunday afternoon, personnel with the Long Meadow Fire Co. did their best to limit damage to the interior of a home at 19108 Bonnie Briar Lane, where a woodstove overheated.

"That chimney was nearly 100 percent blocked by creosote," said Lt. Bill Haines, who was in charge of the call.

Haines said when he and the other firefighters arrived shortly after 1 p.m. there was smoke coming out of the walls inside the house.

Fortunately, the fire didn't extend beyond the woodstove. "We used all our salvage covers to protect the homeowners' possessions from soot," Haines said. "A mop and bucket should take care of it."

The homeowner told Haines the woodstove is cleaned each fall. Sunday was to be the last time the woodstove was going to be used this season.

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"The woodstove is OK but it will probably need a new liner if it is to be used again," Haines said.

Driver loses control of car, crashes into home


EMMITSBURG, Md. - The driver of a 1989 Pontiac Grand Am lost control of her vehicle Sunday morning coming out of an alley onto West Main Street and ran into a house in the 200 block, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

No charges were filed against Karen Ann Walter, 19, of 16617 Old Emmitsburg Road, said Deputy 1st Class Bradley Baxter. Walter was treated at the scene.

The investigation revealed Baxter's car first hit a parked car and then the house at 207 W. Main St. The street was closed until the vehicle could be removed from the house, Baxter said.

Shirts, jeans stolen from mall store displays


Thieves were busy Saturday afternoon at Valley Mall, according to Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Miller.

Around 4:30 p.m., someone took 18 shirts from a display in the front of American Outfitters, Miller said.

Then around 5:40 p.m., the Deb Shop across from American Outfitters reported that 21 pairs of jeans were taken from a display, also at the front of the store.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious around those times on Saturday is asked to call Miller at 301-791-3020 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Md. man charged in Saturday drug arrest


FREDERICK, Md. - One suspect was charged Saturday night when Frederick City Police conducted an undercover drug operation in the 400 block of Prospect Boulevard.

Leslie Ashmore Gardner Jr., 34, of the 200 block of Phebus Avenue, was charged with distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Gardner allegedly responded when an undercover officer arranged a purchase of crack cocaine.

Driver treated after crash on U.S. 15


FREDERICK, Md. - The driver of a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier involved in a head-on crash Sunday afternoon on U.S. 15 was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment, Maryland State Police said.

Charley Mae Smalls, 58, of Harrisburg, Pa., was still in the emergency room late Sunday for assessment of injuries, a hospital spokesman said.

Cpl. J. Robinson said Smalls was southbound on U.S. 15 just north of Md. 77 when the vehicle crossed the median for unknown reasons and began traveling south in the northbound lanes.

Mubashar Farooq Chaudry, 18, also of Harrisburg, tried to get his 1993 Plymouth Voyager out of the way but was hit head-on, Robinson said.

After the impact, the Cavalier hit the side of a bridge and slid south. The Voyager also hit the bridge and stopped.

Neither Chaudry nor the five passengers in the Voyager were hurt.

Laundry coin boxes targeted by thieves


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Thieves have hit the coin boxes in clothes dryers at the County Wash House at least three times in the past week, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Someone either used a key or picked the locks to enter the coin boxes, police said. The most recent incident was reported Friday around 7:30 p.m. at the 13654 Molly Pitcher Highway business.

Anyone with information about the tampering with the appliances is asked to contact Trooper Randy Kane at 1-717-264-5161.

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