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Police Log 5/21

May 21, 2002

Condition of burned student improves


The condition of a Washington County Technical High School student burned in a cooking accident has improved at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, a nursing supervisor said Monday night.

Dustin Holley, 17, of Smithsburg, suffered third-degree burns on his face and chest in the May 9 accident. He and two other students were preparing a chicken flamb dish at the school.

The other two students were treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

Dustin's condition was listed as critical for more than a week after he was admitted to the hospital.

Monday night, a nursing supervisor at Bayview said Holley's condition was greatly improved, classifying it as stable. She said stable can be compared to good condition.

Woods fire put out by Clear Spring firefighters


CLEAR SPRING - A small woods fire in the 12400 block of Big Pool Road was quickly extinguished late Monday afternoon by Clear Spring firefighters.

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The fire, called in at 5:54 p.m., apparently was started by children who were seen running from the area near the railroad tracks, said Capt. Warren Royce.

Personnel from Clear Spring's brush truck reported the fire out at 6:04 p.m.

Anyone with information about the fire may call 301-842-2300 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Arrest made in Super Shoe Store robbery


An arrest was made Monday morning in Thursday's robbery of the Super Shoe Store in the Ames Shopping Center.

Several anonymous tips led Hagerstown City Police to Robert Lee Howell who was taken into custody at the Hagerstown Rescue Mission, said Sgt. Michael King.

Howell, 33, of no fixed address, was being held on $10,000 bond Monday, charged with one count each of robbery, felony theft and second-degree assault.

Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, a man robbed the shoe store of money and then fled west on foot, police said.

Initially the incident had been considered an armed robbery since a weapon was implied even though no weapon was displayed.

Boating warnings issued for Potomac


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

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Cumberland to Little Falls 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.

For the latest information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

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