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Police log

December 19, 2002

Furnace woes bring firefighters to Mansion House on 2 calls



Exhibits housed at the Mansion House in Hagerstown's City Park escaped damage Wednesday morning when the building's furnace malfunctioned not once but twice, said Hagerstown fire officials.

"They had been having trouble with their furnace," said Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Brian Pile.

Workers from Beaver Mechanical were there when the call came in because there had been smoke inside when the building opened up earlier, he said.

Pile said the first call for a furnace malfunction was at 10:33 a.m. with firefighters from Antietam, Western Enterprise, South End and Pioneer Hook and Ladder responding.

They checked out the furnace, ventilated the building and then left at 11:09 a.m., Pile said.

Then at 11:22 a.m., firefighters received a second call and returned with more units to find a more serious situation, Pile said.

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"The pipe leading out of the furnace was glowing red when they got there the second time," Pile said. "Fire was burning up into the chimney."

Firefighters cooled the pipe down and removed it, Pile said. Then the chimney was "chained" out to remove all built-up material inside.

Pile said there was no damage to the Mansion House exhibits.




Woman reports robbery/assault in parking lot of local YMCA



Encouraged by friends and family members to come forward, the victim of a robbery/sexual assault last Saturday reported the incident Wednesday afternoon to Hagerstown City Police.

The woman in her mid-20s said she was walking in the parking lot of the Hagerstown YMCA on Eastern Boulevard at 8:45 p.m. on Dec. 14 when two men approached her and demanded money.

When they learned she had no money, she said the men began to sexually assault her. She told police she fended the men off and ran across the parking lot to seek help.

In the meantime, the two men returned to their vehicle parked in the YMCA lot and left.

The woman didn't report the crime Saturday but came forward Wednesday afternoon, police said.

She said one of her attackers was a black man, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 250 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and in his early 20s. She told police he had very large cheeks. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and sneakers.

She said the second man was white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 135 pounds, about 17 years old, with a light brown goatee. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head, Navy blue or black sweatpants and sneakers.

Their car was an older model dark brown or maroon Nissan Sentra hatchback with chrome wheels.

Anyone with information may contact Hagerstown City Police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.




City man charged with firing a pellet gun at pedestrians



Two pedestrians in the 600 block of West Washington Street told Hagerstown City Police Wednesday afternoon that they had been targeted by a person firing a pellet gun from the third-floor window of an apartment building.

Police charged Anthony O'Bryan Boward with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and one count of discharging a firearm in the city limits.

Boward, 18, of 614 W. Washington St., was being held Wednesday night on $5,000 bond set by a Washington County District Court bond commissioner.

Lt. Jack Hall said the incident occurred at 4:34 p.m. Wednesday. The two victims told police they were walking west when they heard the sound of an air pistol being fired and hitting just ahead of where they were walking.

They looked up and saw a man in a third-floor window with a pellet gun. Hall said they yelled to the person, who responded by firing the gun at them again and using obscene language.




State Police investigating theft of $1,800 from Pa. dollar store



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The theft of $1,800 from a local dollar store was reported to Pennsylvania State Police.

Between 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, someone stole the cash from the Dollar General Store at 1672 Lincoln Way East, police said.

The investigation was continuing.




Reward offered for information on Hamilton Township burglary



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Crime Solvers is offering a reward for information on a burglary in Hamilton Township earlier this month.

Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a Dec. 4 incident on Maribeth Drive where someone pried open two doors before an alarm sounded causing the suspect to flee. No property was removed.

Police said the area has reported multiple burglaries.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved may receive a reward of up to $2,000.

Call Franklin County Crime Solvers at 717-263-3000 24 hours a day. Callers do not have to leave their names.




Windows smashed, purses stolen from cars parked at school



CASCADE - The windows on two cars parked at Cascade Elementary School were smashed Tuesday evening and two purses were stolen, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

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