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Police log for 11/7

November 07, 2002

Jeep, bicycle reported stolen



The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Tuesday and Wednesday:

  • A black 1989 Jeep Cherokee Limited was reported stolen Wednesday morning from outside the Third Base Tavern on Conococheague Street in Williamsport. The jeep's license plate number is M908887. There was no estimate of the vehicle's value.

  • A white 20-inch Dyno bicycle was reported stolen from the 800 block of Jefferson Boulevard Tuesday. The bicycle was valued at $200.

  • Running boards were reported stolen Tuesday from a 1997 Dodge Ram truck parked at American Lenders on Leslie Drive, off Sharpsburg Pike south of Hagerstown. The running boards were valued at $500.





Fire set in trash bin damages nearby vehicle



FREDERICK, Md. - A fire intentionally set in an outdoor trash bin early Wednesday also damaged a vehicle, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said.

The fire occurred at about 1:45 a.m. outside Hickory Hill Apartments on West Key Parkway in Frederick.

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The fire marshal's office said a mattress and some trash were set on fire in the bin. A vehicle parked next to the bin and the vehicle's contents also were damaged. The damage estimate was $1,000.

Independent Hose Co. responded to the call and brought the fire under control within five minutes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the arson hotline at 1-800-492-7529 or the fire marshal's office at 1-410-552-0154.




Club owner charged with sexual abuse



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The owner of a Berkeley County strip club was charged with a felony count of sexual abuse Wednesday after he allegedly tried to kiss an office worker and touched her chest.

Donald Lee Bayliss, 65, of Winchester, Va., was charged with a first-degree sexual abuse. He owns Club Venus.

Police said that on July 30, Bayliss grabbed the victim's face, tried to kiss her and put a hand on her chest. Two maintenance workers witnessed the assault, the woman told police. Deputy D.L. Steerman tracked down one of the witnesses, who confirmed the woman's report, according to court records.

A conviction of the felony carries a prison sentence of one to five years.




Man charged with making threat at track



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - An 80-year-old Pennsylvania man was charged in connection with a bomb threat made against Charles Town Races & Slots Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Byard Fay Butler of Garrett, Pa., was free on $3,000 bond Wednesday night after being charged with making a bomb threat, an Eastern Regional Jail spokesman said.

The bomb threat was called into 911 dispatchers about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, said West Virginia State Police Trooper Geoff Petsko.

The telephone call came from inside the track, Petsko said.

The man was still at the track when police arrived, Petsko said.

The man told police he had become frustrated over losing money at the track, Petsko said.




Police looking for men who robbed hotel guest



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are looking for two men who robbed a Reading, Pa., man inside his hotel room Tuesday morning.

Carlos Manuel Rivera, 20, told police he was attacked in his room at the Days Inn on U.S. 30 by two men at 8 a.m.

The men removed $50 from his wallet and fled. Police said they do not know how the suspects got into the room.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male wearing a black ski mask, blue jeans, a dark hooded sweatshirt and black gloves. The second suspect is described as a black male wearing a black ski mask, a cream colored jacket, blue jeans and brown work gloves, police said.




Faulty pump likely culprit in diesel spill



WILLIAMSPORT - Between 30 and 40 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the ground when an automated fuel pump apparently malfunctioned Wednesday afternoon at Quarles Fuel Network off the 11800 block of Greencastle Pike.

Capt. Scott Bragunier of the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. said his personnel responded to the scene around 4:30 p.m. when alerted of the spill.

The operator of a truck was fueling his rig at the automated fuel center when the pump apparently didn't shut off as the tank became full, Bragunier said. An employee of a nearby business saw the fuel spilling out and yelled to the driver.

For the next 21/2 hours, Bragunier and his firefighters used two kinds of absorbent to attempt to soak up the spill. In addition, firefighters dug down about a foot deep in the grass and dirt area where fuel soaked into the ground, he said.

While the material that was dug up was removed from the site, further cleanup may be required due to the amount of the spill, Bragunier said.

No streams were close enough to be in danger of contamination, Bragunier said.

Representatives of the Maryland Department of the Environment were summoned and arrived about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.




Firefighters respond to chimney fire



HANCOCK - A chimney fire Wednesday evening brought firefighters from Hancock to the scene around 7:40 p.m.

The first units on the scene at 13928 Heavenly Acres Ridge reported they saw heavy smoke as they approached.

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