Police log 12/18

December 18, 2002

County firefighters battle blaze in block building at Craig Paving

Firefighters doused a building fire at Craig Paving Co. Tuesday evening.

Alan Matheny, spokesman for the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, said damage was believed to be about $30,000 to the 10-by-20-foot block building and the boiler used to heat the liquid blacktop.

"It appears a malfunction in the boiler caused the fire," Matheny said.

The fire was reported at 7:02 p.m. at the 118 Hump Road location. The fire, which was quickly extinguished with foam, was out at 7:24 p.m. Units cleared the scene at 8:27 p.m.

Halfway was assisted by Western Enterprise from Hagerstown, Maugansville, Funkstown and the Washington County Air Unit.

Halfway Deputy Fire Chief Edward Ernst said the Maryland Department of the Environment was to survey the damage today. No streams or other waterways were near the runoff from the fire suppression efforts.


Police arrest fugitive hiding on roof of downtown building

An attempt by Hagerstown City Police to serve a fugitive warrant Tuesday morning ended with police calling the fire department to remove the subject of the warrant from the roof of a downtown building.

Police learned that Michael David Carson, 22, was staying at 31 E. Washington St., Apt. 31. Since Carson was known to be wanted by Pennsylvania authorities on burglary and theft charges, police went to the apartment to take him into custody.

Sgt. Mike King said police went to the apartment and asked the resident if Carson was there. Police said Warren Mathews' answers were elusive and then he went into the apartment and refused to come back to the door.

When Mathews did answer the door again, police said, officers searched the apartment and found no one. As the officers were getting ready to leave, a man was seen peeking over the ledge of the roof next door, King said.

While police secured the outside of the adjacent building, an officer went to the fifth floor of 31 E. Washington St. and saw a man lying flat on the roof next door. He was ordered to stand up and the Hagerstown Fire Department was dispatched to remove him from the roof, police said.

Carson was charged as a fugitive and was being held Tuesday night without bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Mathews, 51, of 31 E. Washington St., was charged with one count each of hindering an investigation and harboring a fugitive. He was being held on $5,000 bond at the detention center Tuesday night.

Burglar flees Hancock home after resident surprises him

HANCOCK - A 68-year-old woman surprised a burglar Tuesday morning as he broke into the kitchen of her Creek Road home, Maryland State Police said.

Ruth Marie McCarty, of 5376 Creek Road, told police she was coming upstairs from the basement when she saw the man breaking her glass kitchen door with a screwdriver at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

She told police the man was white, between 20 and 30 years old, with dark medium length hair, a moustache and a thin build. He was wearing a light tan coat.

McCarty said the man fled when he saw her entering the kitchen. A bloodhound was taken to the scene for tracking but had no success.

Anyone with information may call state police at 301-739-2101.

Mobile home is destroyed in Tuesday afternoon blaze

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Fire spread through a mobile home along Bloomery Road in the Millville area Tuesday afternoon, a fire official said.

Much of the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, said Lt. John Ours of the Friendship Fire Co.

With the exception of a back bedroom, most of the mobile home was destroyed, Ours said.

It is not clear what started the 3 p.m. fire, Ours said. It appears it may have started around a clothes dryer, he said.

No one was in the mobile home when the fire started, said Ours, who declined to say who owned the home.

Natural Resources Police issue upper Potomac River warning

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Thursday because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Tuesday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Paw Paw, W.Va., to Little Falls because of recent precipitation, a natural resources police news release said.

The warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced whitewater paddlers.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life-threatening situation because of hypothermia, wave action, high velocity or treacherous current.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

For the latest information on river conditions between Cumberland, Md., and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

Sheriff's Department responds to several calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Monday:

  • The windows of a Caterpillar 943 loader parked near the Woodbridge development off Robinwood Drive were reported broken. There was no estimate of damage.

  • Tools valued at about $1,000 were reported stolen from a company vehicle in the 18500 block of Maugans Avenue.

  • Tools, including a DeWalt saw, were reported stolen from a 1998 Plymouth Voyager parked in the Valley Mall parking lot. There was no estimate of the value of the stolen items.

  • A break-in was reported at a home on Atlantic Drive off Jefferson Boulevard. An $80 safe containing $300 in cash, plus personal papers, was stolen.
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