Police log 11/3

November 04, 2002

Electrical fire causes $15,000 damage

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - An electrical fire caused about $15,000 damage to a home in the Wood's Resort on Saturday afternoon.

Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Brad Knieriem said residents of 15 War Path Lane discovered the fire about 12:20 p.m. in the room above their garage.

Firefighters contained the fire to the room, which was used for storage, Knieriem said.

Report of body found in river a false alarm

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A report of a body floating in the Potomac River on Saturday turned out to be a false alarm when emergency officials found it was only a traffic barrel.

Jefferson County Emergency Communications got the call about 6 p.m., a dispatcher said.

A Maryland State Police medevac helicopter went to Dam 3 near Harpers Ferry and discovered that the reported "body" was an orange and white traffic barrel.


Child hurt when hit by car in alley

A child was hit by a car Saturday while riding her bicycle near her downtown Hagerstown home.

The child, 8, was conscious when emergency workers arrived on the scene minutes after the 4:15 p.m. accident behind Coffman Funeral Home on Matthew Avenue, an alley that runs parallel to East Antietam Street, said Officer Charles Streightiff of the Hagerstown Police Department.

The child was transported to Washington County Hospital.

Authorities seek arson suspects in mailbox fire

Arson is to blame for an explosive fire that destroyed two metal mailboxes and two plastic newspaper boxes in Hagerstown early Saturday, said Allen Gosnell, deputy chief state fire marshal.

Fire officials are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons who started the fire in the 17900 block of West Oak Ridge Drive between midnight and 3:30 a.m.

The fire caused about $50 worth of damage, Gosnell said.

Anyone with information should contact the Hagerstown Office of the State Fire Marshal at 301-791-4758.

Police seek help in finding missing teens

Police are asking the public's help in locating two local teenagers last seen in Big Pool on Wednesday night.

Lucy Frances Rodriguez of Harpers Ferry Road and Alicia Kaye Harrison of Boonsboro Mountain Road, both 16, left the Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown on Wednesday and haven't been seen since later that day, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The girls left the school in a green 1994 Toyota Tercel with Maryland license plate number KTM 523, police said.

Anyone with information should call police at 301-791-3020.

Man, three teenagers face drug charges

EMMITSBURG, Md. - A man and three teenagers were charged with drug violations late Friday after police raided a party in Emmitsburg at which juveniles were allegedly drinking alcohol and using drugs including heroin, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies who responded to the home on North Seton Avenue about 11:15 p.m. found teenagers and young adults in possession of drugs and alcohol, police said.

Six juveniles were charged with possession of alcohol while under the age of 21. One 14-year-old partygoer was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital due to a possible alcohol or drug overdose, police said.

Ronald Lee Divel, 18, of the 8900 block of Crystal Fountain Road in Emmitsburg, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute a pharmaceutical drug and possession with intent to distribute a narcotic drug, police said.

A 16-year-old Cascade resident was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

A 14-year-old Emittsburg area resident was charged with possession of heroin and paraphernalia, police said.

A16-year-old Emittsburg area resident was charged with second-degree assault on a deputy, police said.

The minors were released to their parents and their charges forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Divel was being held on $15,000 bond Saturday at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

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