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Police log for 12/4

December 04, 2002

Firefighters respond to apartment fire



When the Hagerstown Fire Department arrived at 31 E. Washington St. for a reported fire in a ground-floor apartment Tuesday afternoon, they learned that the fire was out.

But Capt. Brian Pile said they also found that a wheelchair-bound woman lived in a fourth-floor apartment and needed some special attention.

"When I heard about the woman, I immediately sent two men up to her apartment to reassure her that she would be taken care of, either way," Pile said.

As it turned out, there was no need to evacuate that woman or any of the other residents of the apartment building, Pile said.

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The resident of the ground-floor apartment left food on the stove while he went to another room and when he returned, it was on fire, Pile said.

The fire was out when firefighters arrived at 3:58 p.m.




W.Va. man sentenced on drug charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged in April with distribution of cocaine was sentenced Monday to four years and 11 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Craig Broadwater.

David Edward Rosario, 26, of 1438 Domestic Way, will be on probation for three years once he is released from prison, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston.

Rosario entered a guilty plea to the charge on Sept. 6, Johnston said.

The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.




Police investigating vandalism reports



RANSON, W.Va. - Ranson Police are trying to determine who is responsible for a string of vandalism incidents on Thanksgiving Day, Capt. Mickey Ballenger said Tuesday.

Police received complaints about rocks being thrown through windows of four houses in town, Ballenger said.

Windows on three cars were shattered with rocks, Ballenger said. The car vandalism incidents occurred in a car sales lot and on North Mildred Street, Ballenger said.

Also, a car parked on Marshall Street and a car on East 12th Street were spray-painted, Ballenger said.

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