Police log 7/11

July 12, 2002

Businesses blacked out by failed power line

HALFWAY - Rescue crews were called to a business on Underpass Way Thursday morning after receiving a report of smoke in the building, officials said.

When firefighters from the Halfway Volunteer Fire Co. arrived at 1718 Underpass Way around 11:30 a.m., they found the electricity to part of the building was out, fire company spokesman Alan Matheny said.

Fire crews investigated and found electric motors in the building had been damaged at the Underpass Way office building and nearby Hagerstown Ford.

The electricity to the buildings was shut down and Allegheny Energy officials took over, Matheny said.

Allegheny Energy spokesman Guy Fletcher said the outage was the result of a failed power line near Underpass Way.

Eight businesses near Underpass Way lost power from 11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., he said. He said he was unsure why it failed and workers were investigating.


Firefighters from Hagerstown, Maugansville, Funkstown and Williamsport also responded to the scene.

Residents asked to be wary of scam artists

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be wary of men posing as traveling laborers offering to do yardwork and roof or blacktop sealing.

Police said several incidents have been reported in the Sharpsburg and Cearfoss areas in which elderly residents were approached by one or more men offering their services and were later robbed.

The group typically has one person distract the victim while the others search the home for valuables.

Three men approached a 75-year-old man on Niswander Road Wednesday and asked if he was interested in having his trees trimmed, police said.

Two of the men went to the backyard with the homeowner and a neighbor noticed a third man, about 50 years old, enter the home.

The homeowner asked the men to leave and they did. The homeowner later found his bedroom had been ransacked. Two lockboxes were forced open and about 40 $2 bills were taken.

The men were described as small and tan with dark hair worn to their collars. They spoke with foreign accents.

The three drove away in a late model white Ford or Dodge truck with an extended cab.

In a similar incident, several hundred dollars was taken from a home in the Sharpsburg/Cearfoss area by two men who also asked about performing yardwork for the victim.

The men were described as white males in their mid- to late-20s with brown hair. They were about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with heavy builds.

The men left the scene in a white Ford truck. Police said they may have committed similar crimes in the Chambersburg, Pa., area.

Anyone with information about the incidents or other suspicious people soliciting work may call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

Pa. motorists injured in Interstate 81 crash

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Two adults and three youths were injured early Thursday when the vehicle they were traveling in overturned several times, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Kimberly L. Concannon, 31, of Fayetteville, Pa., lost control of the Ford Explorer she was driving on southbound Interstate 81 shortly after midnight, causing the vehicle to go off the road between mile markers 20 and 21, police said.

Concannon and passenger Charles T. Concannon, 52, of Fayetteville, were both transported to York Hospital with moderate injuries, police said.

They were listed in satisfactory condition Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Passengers Amanda R. Zeek, 13, and Alicia N. Zeek, 13, both of Chambersburg, Pa., and Sean Francis Concannon, 9, of Fayetteville, suffered minor injures and were treated at Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

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