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Police Log 5/2

May 02, 2002

Metal workshop destroyed by fire


HANCOCK - A metal workshop was destroyed in a fire early Wednesday as the owner tried unsuccessfully to douse the blaze with a garden hose from his home next door at 14040 Hollow Road.

Damage was estimated at $100,000 in the fire, which has been ruled accidental by Maryland State Fire Marshals Ed Ernst and Ryan Chapman.

Bernard Spade wasn't injured in the 5:30 a.m. blaze, which brought approximately 50 firefighters from Hancock, Clear Spring, Williamsport, and Pennsylvania and West Virginia companies.

Spade saw the shop was on fire from the window of his home and called 911 before going outside to fight the blaze.

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Electrical wiring under the floor joists was the culprit because of a high amount of electrical activity in the wires, the fire marshals said.

Man sought for probation violation


Hagerstown City Police have an arrest warrant for Larry M. Washington for violation of probation on a charge of possession of cocaine.

He is described as a black male, 22 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Washington's whereabouts are unknown at this time.

River activities should be avoided through Friday


Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Friday because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Wednesday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Cumberland and at Paw Paw, Springfield and Harpers Ferry, and the Shenandoah at Millville because of recent rain, a natural resources police news release said.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life threatening situation because of hypothermia wave action, high velocity or treacherous current.

Men take money but don't do work, cops say


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An 86-year-old Greencastle man was scammed out of $800 by two men who promised to seal his driveway last week but never returned, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Two men talked the Buchanan Trail West resident into letting them seal his driveway on April 24 and charged him $800 for $100 worth of work, police said.

The men said they would seal the driveway again the next day but never returned, police said.

Pedestrian hit by car on Virginia Avenue


A man who walked between two parked vehicles into the path of a car in the 700 block of Virginia Avenue at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday was admitted to Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown City Police said.

Howard Carlton Pettit, 43, of 267 S. Prospect St., was taken to the hospital by Community Rescue Service personnel after he was initially checked out by a Williamsport ambulance crew that was traveling through the area.

Pettit's condition was unavailable Wednesday night.


Hagerstown City Police Officer Douglas Hay's report said Janet Piper, 37, of 1115 Glenside Ave., was northbound in her 1992 Subaru when Pettit stepped in front of her car south of Brown Avenue.

No charges were filed, police said.

Woman sentenced on prior DUI charge


MARTINSBURG, W.Va - A Martinsburg woman recently charged with DUI causing death was sentenced to four months at the Eastern Regional Jail for a previous DUI charge.

Stacy Ronevich, 35, of 79 Founders Court, Martinsburg, was sentenced on Monday and began serving her sentence that day for the DUI charge, said Berkeley County Magistrate Kristy Greer.

Ronevich was arrested last week on a charge of DUI causing death stemming from a car accident that killed 21-year-old Steven Andrew Chesseman of Martinsburg.

A preliminary hearing on the charge is set for May 6.

Uprooted tree causes two vehicle accidents


HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Two vehicle accidents occurred late Tuesday when a tree on a hillside above U.S. 340 was uprooted and fell into the highway, according to police.

It is believed the recent rains may have caused the ground around the tree to soften, allowing the tree to fall onto the highway near Chestnut Hill Road, rescue officials said.

Two cars were not able to avoid hitting the tree when it fell onto the road about 11 p.m., said Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies.

The first car hit the tree and went over it, police said. A car behind the first automobile also went over the tree and struck the rear of the first car, deputies said.

A car towing another vehicle in the opposite direction wrecked when the car being towed crashed into it as it approached the tree, deputies said.

None of the injuries to the vehicle occupants were life-threatening, deputies said.

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