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December 26, 2002

Car fire intentionally set, police say

FUNKSTOWN - A fire in an automobile at 20318 Jefferson Boulevard on Tuesday was intentionally set, according to the Maryland State Fore Marshal's office.

Damage to the 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass was estimated at $5,000.

The fire was reported just after 4 a.m.

The fire marshal's office is asking anyone with information about the fire to call 301-791-4758.

River conditions considered dangerous

Boating and other recreational uses of the upper Potomac River from Hancock to Little Falls should be avoided because recent precipitation has made the river hazardous, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said.

The advisory was announced Tuesday and was to be in effect through today.

For the latest Potomac River conditions, call 1-703-260-0305.

Teen faces vehicle theft, drug charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A vehicle without its headlights on turned out to be stolen, according to Frederick Police, who arrested the driver Wednesday.


Police said the vehicle was stolen out of Dickerson, Md., but did not say what kind of vehicle it was or where it was stopped.

A 17-year-old Frederick boy driving the vehicle was charged with motor vehicle theft, theft over $500, driving a vehicle with an obstructed rear window, driving a vehicle with windshield wipers on but without headlights on, driving without a license and driving on a learner's permit without required supervision.

Police also charged him with possession of crack cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine after several rocks of suspected crack cocaine were allegedly found in the vehicle.

Faulty chimney eyed as cause of blaze

LEETOWN, W.Va. - Firefighters battled a fire in an unoccupied house near Leetown Monday night that was being used to store horse equipment, a fire official said.

When firefighters arrived at the scene in the Wide Horizon subdivision off Sulphur Springs Road, heavy fire was spreading through the walls of the house and attic, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co.

The fire destroyed much of the two-story house, Smith said.

No people were injured in the fire, but a cat inside the building died, Smith said.

A woodstove was being used in the building and it appears a faulty chimney may have caused the fire, which was reported about 7:30 p.m., Smith said.

Girl, 17, escapes abduction attempt

HUYETTS CROSSROADS - A 17-year-old girl fended off a man who tried to abduct her overnight Monday after she left the Sheetz store at Md. 63 and U.S. 40, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

The girl noticed the man in a pickup truck when she left the parking lot at around midnight, police said.

The girl drove west on U.S. 40 and the pickup truck followed her.

About a mile west of Md. 63, the truck pulled into the eastbound lane, alongside the girl's car, then went behind her.

Near the entrance to the Forty West Landfill, the truck appeared to be passing the girl's vehicle, but instead forced her to pull over and stop.

The man got out of his truck, opened the passenger door of the girl's vehicle, grabbed her arm and tried to pull her out, police said.

She broke away from his grip and kicked him in the chest with both feet, police said. She drove away. He didn't follow.

The girl described the man as white, 38 to 42 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, medium to large build, bald on top, with a mustache.

The truck was a dark blue pickup truck that may have had a lift kit.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 301-739-2101.

Crimes reported around county

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

  • Four personal checks were stolen from a residence on the 11500 block of Robinwood Drive.

  • Tires on a 1992 Chevy Lumina were slashed on Martin Street in Clear Spring.

  • A silver Honda Accord parked on the 12700 block of Bradbury Avenue in the Smithsburg area was stolen. The car had a Maryland license plate of JWX206.

  • A Maryland license plate of M4322224 was stolen from a GMC Yukon at Grease Monkey on Pennsylvania Avenue, north of Hagerstown.

  • A wallet was stolen from Gold's Gym on North Pointe Drive, north of Hagerstown. The wallet was valued at $20. It contained $50 in cash and credit cards.

  • A house under construction at White Hall and Beaver Creek roads was vandalized. Insulation and wires were removed, and plumbing and walls were damaged.

  • The driver's side window of a 1997 Hyundai on the 10700 block of Downsville Pike was broken. The damage was estimated at $100.

  • A tool box and tools were stolen from a rental property on Millers Sawmill Road in the Sharpsburg area. The items were valued at $2,000.

  • A stereo face plate, CDs and clothing were stolen from a 1996 Plymouth Breeze on the 19800 block of Dogstreet Road in Keedysville. The items were valued at $300. Also, $200 worth of damage was done to the vehicle.

    Couple charged with felony theft

    FREDERICK, Md. - A Baltimore couple was arrested Monday night after they allegedly used their children to help try to steal $2,400 worth of merchandise from Kmart, Frederick Police said.

    Lewin Welford Veney, 36, and Clara Lynn Smith, 34, were each charged with felony theft, attempted felony theft and conspiracy to commit theft.

    Police said Veney and Smith - who are not married but have lived together for 15 years - loaded carts with merchandise and had their children, ages 11 and 12, push them through the store.

    Veney had one child help him take the carts to a loading dock, then outside, where the children's grandmother was waiting in a car.

    A store loss-prevention officer who noticed the family inside the store followed them outside. He called police, who stopped the vehicle in the parking lot.

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