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Police Log 5/5/02

May 06, 2002

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg Police Department cruiser and a private vehicle were totaled and their occupants suffered minor injuries Saturday morning when the two collided as the officers were responding to a hold-up alarm at a bank, police said.

The alarm turned out to be false, police said.

The accident occurred around 9:10 a.m. on the Martinsburg Mall access road, police said.

The cruiser was driven by Patrolman Matt Zolinger. Patrolman Quenton Burner was a passenger in the police car.

The other vehicle was driven by James Randolph Seal of Winchester, Va. Elizabeth Griffith of Martinsburg was a passenger in that vehicle. Addresses and ages of the occupants in the Seal vehicle were not available.

All four were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg where they were treated and released.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, police said.




FREDERICK, Md. - A 20-year-old Germantown, Md., man was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the city after allegedly firing 18 shots from a semi-automatic rifle in the direction of his ex-girlfriend's house, Frederick City Police said.

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The incident occurred in the 200 block of Spruce Court, police said.

The ex-girlfriend told police that Rafael Sebastian Mason of 12533 Cross Ridge Road came to her residence to talk. When she asked him to leave he fired the gun in the direction of her home, she alleged.

Sebastian was picked up by Montgomery County Police.




HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - It took firefighters from five Berkeley County fire departments more than three hours Saturday afternoon to bring a woods fire under control on Fire Tower Road off Tuscarora Pike, said Chief Brett Minnich of the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire is believed to have spread from a pile of burning logs that firefighters said was still smoldering.

The alarm came in around 12:30 p.m., Minnich said.

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