Police log for 11/1

November 01, 2002

Boating activities should be avoided

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

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Paw Paw to Hancock, 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.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

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


Thursday afternoon fire destroys W.Va. home

SHANNONDALE, W.Va. - Fire destroyed a single-story house in Shannondale Thursday afternoon, a fire official said.

When firefighters arrived at the house after getting the 12:51 p.m. call, the roof had been burned off the house and the living area was destroyed, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co.

There was little firefighters could do other than "surround and drown" the fire, Smith said.

"There was no saving anything," Smith said.

The house is on Shannondale Road in Shannondale, a development west of Charles Town on the Blue Ridge Mountain.

The house is owned by Steve Berryman of Levels, W.Va., who rents it. The residents left the house about 6:20 a.m. Thursday, Smith said.

The cause of the fire was not known, although it is likely it started inside at the rear of the house, Smith said.

The loss was estimated at $100,000, Smith said.

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