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Police log

December 13, 2002

Victim of slashing in good condition



A 17-year-old Hagerstown girl whose throat was cut during a robbery was listed in good condition at Washington County Hospital on Thursday afternoon, Hagerstown Police Lt. Rick Johnson said.

The girl's condition as of Thursday night was not available because the police were not releasing her name.

The girl was walking in an alley off Randolph Avenue when she was approached by two men on Wednesday evening, police said.

One of the men showed her he had a gun and demanded money, police said. After she gave them cash and they demanded more money, she told them she didn't have any more and one of the men cut her throat with a knife, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime may call the Hagerstown City Police Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, extension 234.




City man burned while refueling heater



A Hagerstown man burned his face Thursday evening after refueling a kerosene heater with lantern fuel, Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Myers said.

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The man, whose name was unavailable, had minor burns after the kerosene heater flashed back as he refueled it shortly before 7:30 p.m., Myers said.

The heater was in the area of the back porch at 334 N. Cannon Ave., but the man threw it out into the snow when it caught fire, Myers said.

"We had a tough time putting it out," Myers said. The man was using a garden hose when firefighters arrived. Firefighters used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire, he said.

"He was using improper fuel," Myers said. Lantern fuel is flammable, he said.




Fire damages mobile home in Jefferson



JEFFERSON, Md. - A fire caused $1,500 damage to a mobile home at 4864 Pioneer Circle in Jefferson on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Fire officials were still investigating the cause of the fire that was discovered by a neighbor and reported at 5:41 p.m.

The fire also caused $1,000 in damage to contents of the home owned by Dawn Dinius, fire officials said.

It took 25 firefighters from five fire companies 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, fire officials said.




Cash register, speakers stolen at flea market



The National Flea Market, near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 63, was robbed early Tuesday, according to state police.

A cash register, Sony stereo system, Kenwood speakers, a necklace and earring set and a Dale Earnhardt collector's knife were among the items stolen, according to Maryland State Police Trooper Kyle George's report.




Windows damaged on county school bus



Several windows of a Washington County Public Schools bus were reported broken out while the bus was parked on Barnes Road in Hagerstown on Nov. 28, police said.

According to Maryland State Police Trooper Wayne Smith's report, a blunt object was used to make holes in several of the side windows of the bus.




Man injured after his car strikes a tree



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was injured during Wednesday's ice storm when his car struck a tree, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Ralph Herman, 39, of Chambersburg, was driving a 1989 Toyota Camry on Woodstock Road near Ragged Edge Road when he attempted to avoid a tree branch in the road, and the car hit a tree, police said.

Herman was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released, according to hospital officials.

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