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Police log

July 10, 2002

Storms knock out power in Md. and W.Va. counties



Storms that blew through the Tri-State area Tuesday knocked power out for about 1,850 customers in Frederick County, Md., and about 250 in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, according to Allegheny Power spokeswoman Debbie Beck.

She said there were many reports of wires down, either due to wind or falling trees.

Allegheny crews were out fixing the damage Tuesday night. Beck said power will probably be restored by this morning.

In Frederick County, the outages included about 1,500 customers in and around the city of Frederick, 300 customers in Mount Airy and 50 customers in Thurmont, Beck said.

In Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, Beck said about 100 scattered customers in Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown and Martinsburg lost power.

Also, 150 customers in Berkeley Springs were without power.

No outages were reported in Washington County.

A Morgan County 911 dispatcher said a tree knocked down a power pole on Highland Ridge and another knocked down a power pole on Timber Ridge.

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The storm also knocked down a West Virginia State Police communications tower in the Cacapon area.

Sr. Trooper R.T. Shockey in Charles Town said there were four or five calls about trees across the road in the Shepherdstown area and along W.Va. 230, but the roads had been cleared as of Tuesday night.

- Andrew Schotz




Man stabbed while assailants attempt to steal his bike



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police are looking for two men who allegedly stabbed a man with an unknown object while trying to steal his bike Monday afternoon.

Two men attempted to steal Aldolpho Rodriguez's bicycle while in the area of Grandview Avenue near Lincoln Way West at 4:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

Rodriguez told police he fought the two men until one stabbed him in the stomach with an unknown metal object, police said. He was treated at Chambersburg Hospital.

The man are described as two black males with dark complexions, about 6 feet tall with muscular builds and goatees.

Anyone with information on the incident can call Chambersburg Police at 717-264-4131.




Man who robbed pizza shop at gunpoint still at large



A man who robbed Little Caesars Pizza at gunpoint shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday remained at large as Hagerstown City Police searched for a blue Buick believed to be the getaway vehicle.

The robber, described as a Hispanic man wearing a ball cap and a blue Tommy Hilfiger shirt, robbed the 420 E. Antietam St. restaurant and fled on foot. Later he was believed seen in a blue 1995 Buick as police closed in on the area.

The weapon was believed to have been a .25-caliber handgun, police said.




Fire departments respond to fire at vacant house



Firefighters from Funkstown and Long Meadow were dispatched to a reported fire in a vacant house on Needy's Lane at 7:16 p.m. Tuesday.

The house, which is in the Jefferson Heights area, was heavily engulfed in flames when firefighters first arrived.

No cause or damage estimates were available Tuesday night.




Electrical fire destroys camping trailer in Clear Spring



CLEAR SPRING - An electrical malfunction sparked a fire that destroyed a camping trailer in Clear Spring on Monday, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Trailer owner Donald Schildtknecht Jr. discovered the blaze at about noon Monday. Firefighters from the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 11300 Garrison Woods Lane, according to the fire marshal's office.

Property loss totaled $24,000. No smoke alarm was found.




Sheriff's deputy seriously injured in Tuesday crash



FREDERICK, Md. - A deputy was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when his cruiser was struck by a Chevrolet pickup truck while he was handling a routine traffic stop on northbound U.S. 15.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Deputy First Class Bart Ruppenthal was flown from the scene by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

His condition late Tuesday night was serious, a nursing supervisor said.

Ruppenthal was just north of U.S. 40 when a 1982 Chevrolet S-10 traveling on the ramp from U.S. 40 struck the cruiser, which was on the shoulder of the road.

James Groomes, 43, of Hanover, Pa., the driver of the S-10, was not injured.




One person stabbed during fight in Hagerstown apartment



A fight in an apartment at 311/2 E. Franklin St. Tuesday night sent one person to Washington County Hospital with stab wounds to the hand, said Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications dispatchers.

Hagerstown City Police converged on the building shortly after 10 p.m. when reports of a fight on a back porch escalated into a stabbing.

When officers arrived, they found the victim on a lower floor with the hand injuries. Community Rescue Service transported that person to the hospital for treatment.

No further information was available Tuesday night on whether an arrest was made.




Police investigating vandalism complaints from Fourth of July



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police are investigating three incidents of criminal mischief that happened over the Fourth of July holiday.

Between 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Friday, someone propelled an object - a marble or stone - through a plate-glass window above the front entrance of Wenger & Myers Insurance Agency, 17 N. Main St., police said.

Someone also damaged a front window of Route 5 Gifts, 380 Wayne Ave., with a marble-sized object, police said. The damage occurred between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Friday.

On Thursday, someone shot an unknown projectile into a window at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 747 S. Fourth St., between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., police said.

Anyone with information on the incidents can call Chambersburg Police at 717-264-4131.

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