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Police Log 5/1

May 01, 2002

Fire causes major damage to Md. home


EMMITSBURG, Md. - Seeing fire in a house at 41 Park Drive Monday night, a passerby on U.S. 15 stopped and tried to douse the blaze with a garden hose but was unsuccessful, Maryland State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said.

The 8:28 p.m. fire caused $150,000 damage to the home of Robert Russell Garrett and Judy Ellen Atland, neither of whom was home at the time. Two pet cats perished in the fire, Ernst said.

The fire was ruled accidental and attributed to an outlet and wires in the master bedroom, Ernst said. The smoke detector was activated when firefighters arrived.

The American Red Cross chapter in Frederick County is assisting the couple, who were displaced as a result of the fire.

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The passerby was treated at the scene for cuts on his hand caused when a window was broken to gain access to the fire with the garden hose, fire officials said.

Approximately 50 firefighters from Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Greenmount and Fairfield responded to the call.

Woman accused of abuse of daughter


FREDERICK, Md. - A woman who allegedly walked away from her 15-month-old daughter in the middle of the Kmart parking lot as the child threw a temper tantrum Tuesday morning was in custody on $60,000 bond Tuesday night on charges of child abuse.

Mary Wathen, 32, of 10862 Pleasant Walk Road, also was charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, Frederick City Police said.

Witnesses told Officer Matthew Stratton that Wathen was seen at around 10:47 a.m. dragging her daughter who was crying hysterically. She allegedly picked her daughter up by her right arm and dropped her to the pavement while ordering her to stand, police alleged.

When Wathen walked away from the child, a witness removed the child from the parking lot because she feared she would be hit by a car, police said.

The child was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital accompanied by her grandmother, who was also present at the incident.

Wathen was being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center Tuesday night.

Men charged in Pa. with drug possession


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police said they charged two men with drug possession after discovering cocaine and marijuana in the car they were riding in Monday.

Police stopped the car on Scotland Avenue near Norland Avenue at 11:45 Monday and picked up Kevin D. Brown, 29, no fixed address, on a bench warrant from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. The warrant listed various charges, including delivery of cocaine, conspiracy and loitering and prowling, police said.

Police alleged they found about 7 grams of cocaine in his possession. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and flight to avoid prosecution, police said.

Police also charged a passenger in the car, Drey Teal, 28, of Chambersburg, with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and hindering apprehension.

Mailboxes damaged in area neighborhoods


Several mailboxes were damaged in the 13000 block of Donnybrook Drive and The Heights in Spring Valley over the weekend, Maryland State Police said.

Police said a witness saw a brown minivan in the area at the time of the vandalism. The vehicle was occupied by several male teenagers.

Anyone with information may call Trooper R. Coccodrilli at the Hagerstown barrack at 301-739-2101.

Hubcaps heisted from car at Toyota garage


Hubcaps were taken from a 2002 Toyota Corolla parked at the service department at Younger Toyota.

The hubcaps were valued at $100, a Washington County Sheriff's deputy said.

n A purse was taken from an unlocked vehicle parked on Cavetown Church Road. Credit cards and $100 in cash were inside the purse, police said.

n A silver, 1985 Dodge minivan was taken from the 16400 block of National Pike between 10 p.m. Monday and midnight Tuesday, police said.

The vehicle has Maryland tags 02H519.

W.Va. man charged with crack possession


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with possession of crack cocaine and prescription drugs following a domestic dispute on Walnut Street Monday, Martinsburg City Police said.

Police said officers were called to 127 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. after receiving a report that a man had kicked his mother's door.

Police said when officers asked a man in the area to stop so that they could question him, he ran.

Officers chased him down and during a search found cash, 20 grams of crack cocaine, Xanax pills and another unknown substance on him, police alleged.

Delmar Curry, 21, of 127 Walnut St., was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and Xanax pills and obstructing and officer.

Curry was no longer at the Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night, a jail spokesman said.

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