Police log for 12/20

December 20, 2002

Police looking for Shepherdstown teen

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Police are looking for a 17-year-old Shepherdstown girl who has been missing from her home since Monday night, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said Thursday.

Angela Camilletti may have left her home with another person, Boober said.

It is possible Camilletti and her companion left the area in a black Toyota Celica, Boober said. It is believed the license plate on the car may start with the letters KVW, Boober said.

Camilletti and her companion may be somewhere between Jefferson County and Frederick, Md., Boober said.

Camilletti is described as being 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing about 120 pounds and having green eyes and reddish or strawberry-colored hair, Boober said.

The girl also looks older than 17, Boober said.

Anyone with information about Camilletti can call West Virginia State Police at 304-725-9779 or the sheriff's department at 304-728-3205.

The investigating officer in the case is state police Trooper J.M. Walker.


Boys facing charges in taxi robbery

The older of two boys, ages 15 and 16, who were charged Wednesday after a taxi driver was robbed was being held as an adult at the Washington County Detention Center Thursday.

Antoine Moss, 16, of Hagerstown, was charged as an adult with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, theft under $500, conspiracy to commit theft under $500, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, said Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

He was being held on $75,000 bond Thursday night, jail officials said.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged as a juvenile with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, theft under $500 and conspiracy to commit theft under $500.

Police said that driver Eric Reid of Miller Transportation Company in Hagerstown picked up two boys in Hagerstown and was driving them to Noland Village.

On Harwood Road, near the intersection of Wellington Road, one boy put an object to the driver's neck and demanded money, police said.

After getting an undisclosed amount of money, the boys got out of the cab, police said.

Sheriff's deputies and Hagerstown Police Department officers, with a police K-9, searched the area and found two boys.

The 15-year-old boy was being held at a juvenile detention facility.

Woman and daughter burned in apartment fire

FREDERICK, Md. - A woman and her 7-year-old daughter were burned Thursday morning when fire of unknown origin swept through their first-floor apartment at 90 Waverly Drive, said the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Spokesman Faron Taylor said Kaminis Dalal, 30, of Apt. 107, was flown to the Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center with non-life-threatening burns to 10 percent of her body.

A hospital spokesman said Thursday afternoon there was no record of Dalal's admittance. But Taylor said Thursday night she was a patient there.

The daughter, whose name wasn't revealed, was admitted to the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns to 40 percent of her body, Taylor said.

A spokesman at Children's said Thursday afternoon that the girl had been there but was transferred to another hospital which he wasn't able to reveal.

Taylor said the child was transferred to the Shriner's Burn Center in Boston, Mass.

The 12:34 a.m. fire, which caused $150,000 damage, drew 30 firefighters to the scene.

"We haven't found any reason to believe the fire was set," Taylor said Thursday afternoon.

Smoke detectors were apparently activated by the fire, which began in a bedroom, Taylor said.

Firefighters from Brunswick, Independent, Citizens, United and Fort Detrick responded along with medical units from Walkersville, Thurmont and Frederick.

Maryland State Police medevac helicopter transported the woman and her daughter by air to the hospitals.

Authorities can't find source of gas odor

An odor of natural gas detected by residents Thursday morning prompted Hagerstown firefighters to respond to 1100 Carroll Heights Blvd.

Despite assistance from Columbia Gas, the Washington County Special Operations unit and a representative of the Maryland Department of the Environment, no definite source of the odor could be found.

"We arrived at 10:58 a.m. with Antietam, Pioneer Hook and Ladder and the utility unit," said Battalion Chief Dick Hopkins.

The gas company quickly discovered the home had no natural gas service, Hopkins said. But the possibility that natural gas had crept along other pipes into the home wasn't ruled out.

"We found a lawnmower that had been sitting empty for a while and suspected that maybe some of the gasoline had leaked out and through cracks in the foundation," Hopkins said.

The only odor Hopkins said he detected was a faint gasoline smell but tests revealed there wasn't enough to be flammable.

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