Police log for 11/12

November 12, 2002

Three W.Va. teens facing charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three teenage boys were arrested Monday after they allegedly broke into cars that were parked in the west end of the city and stole items, including CD players, money, a purse and sunglasses.

Their names were not released because they are juveniles. The teens range from 15 to 17 years old and are from Martinsburg, police said.

Around 3:20 a.m., Martinsburg Police Department Cpl. Terry Stanley and Patrolman Dave Ransom started chasing the teens through back yards and alleys around North Delaware Avenue and West Race Street, according to a press release from police.

Each was charged with trespassing, fleeing from an officer, minor in possession of tobacco, underage alcohol consumption and a curfew violation, police said.


The items that police believe are stolen were seized as evidence and will be returned to their owners, according to the release.

Malfunctioning heater blamed in fire near club

WILLIAMSPORT - A malfunctioning space heater is being blamed for an early fire Monday that destroyed one mobile home and damaged two others at the Potomac Fish and Game Club, Williamsport Fire Co. Chief Will Ball said.

While damage was estimated at $35,000 to $40,000, Ball said no one was hurt, thanks to a smoke detector that went off and alerted the resident of the first mobile home to the 2:54 a.m. fire.

The damage to the other two mobile homes was superficial, Ball said. Siding, awnings and a portion of a roof were affected by the proximity to the fire at the adjacent residence.

"We were able to save those two," Ball said.

In addition to Williamsport, firefighters from Halfway, Fairplay, Funkstown and Sharpsburg responded to the fire scene. The Washington County Air Unit and Rehab Unit also came to the scene.

Ball said none of the residents had insurance. Family and friends came to the aid of the misplaced people, providing them with temporary housing.

One hospitalized after Monday morning crash

One person was freed from a vehicle and taken to Washington County Hospital Monday morning with serious injuries after an accident on Leitersburg Pike, according to a Washington County emergency dispatcher.

Maryland State Police, Smithsburg Ambulance and Leitersburg Fire Co. personnel were sent to the call, which was dispatched at 7:28 a.m., the dispatcher said.

No further information on the accident was available Monday night.

City firefighters respond to odor calls

Hagerstown firefighters responded to two calls in quick succession late Monday, both for reports of odors.

At 10:22 p.m., a strong smell of gasoline forced the evacuation of residents from 115 Church St.

Ventilation fans were set up and assistance was sought from Halfway Fire Co., the Washington County Air Unit and the Special Operations Team.

A few minutes after that call was dispatched, another call came in for a chemical smell at 428 W. Franklin St.

When firefighters arrived at that incident, the smell was determined to be connected with the spraying going on around the city to discourage crows from roosting in downtown trees.

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