Police log for 1/20

January 20, 2003

Fires at two local businesses investigated

Maryland State Fire Marshals investigated two fires Saturday morning in the Hagerstown area, one of which caused some damage to the attic of a business while the other apparently resulted in no property loss.

At 7:41 a.m. Saturday, firefighters from Maugansville, Long Meadow, Greencastle, Pa., and the City of Hagerstown went to Brewer's Saab Inc. at 13815 Maugansville Road for a fire that was spotted by a passer-by.

The cause of the $2,000 fire, which was contained in the attic, is still under investigation, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray.

At 7:50 a.m., Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst was called to Danzer Metal Works at 17500 York Road for a report of a fire in the welding area.


Only Halfway firefighters responded to the fire, which reportedly caused no monetary damage, Ernst said. The cause is also under investigation.

Prostitution operation results in one arrest

FREDERICK, Md. - One prostitution arrest was made early Sunday as members of the Frederick Police Drug Enforcement unit conducted an undercover operation in the 500 block of North Market Street.

Denise Elisabeth Brice, 37, of the 5800 block of Rosebay Court, Frederick, was being held on $2,000 bond Sunday night at the Frederick County Detention Center.

She was charged after she flagged down an undercover officer at 1:04 a.m., police said.

Teen charged with theft and drug possession

FREDERICK, Md. - Saturday at 8:25 p.m., members of the Frederick Police Drug Enforcement unit arrested a 16-year-old boy for misdemeanor theft and possession of marijuana after he allegedly stole an undercover officer's buy money during a drug sale.

Police said an officer, posing as a drug buyer, attempted to arrange a purchase of marijuana from the suspect, who allegedly pretended to accommodate the officer but then grabbed the money and fled.

When he was apprehended, he had the money, as well as a small amount of marijuana, police said.

The teen was released to his parents after he was charged with the two offenses, police said.

Fire destroys mobile home in W.Va. Sunday

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire destroyed a mobile home Sunday, but the occupant got out safely, according to fire officials.

The Independent Fire Co. in Charles Town was called shortly after 7 p.m. to a trailer fire on Gunneysack Lane in Rippon, W.Va. When the company arrived on the scene, members found the mobile home almost totally engulfed in flames, Chief Ed Smith said.

The fire destroyed the trailer and its contents, valued at about $20,000, he said.

It took crews 20 minutes to get the fire under control and about two hours to put out all of the hot spots, Smith said.

Smith said the fire was possibly caused by a cigarette.

Smith did not say who owned the mobile home.

Md. youths charged with underage drinking

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Three Maryland youths were charged with underage drinking after one was found passed out on the side of a ski trail at Whitetail Ski Resort Friday night, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The three males, all 17-year-old residents of Williamsport, were charged with one count each of underage consumption, police said.

One juvenile was found passed out on a slope at 9:30 p.m., and members of the ski patrol notified state police. The juvenile was taken to Washington County Hospital due to the degree of intoxication, police said.

The second youth had a blood alcohol concentration of .148, and the third .088, police said.

Woman yelled at, hit in Pa. store parking lot

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are looking for information on a woman who yelled at and hit another woman in a store parking lot Saturday.

Between 4 and 6 p.m., a Fayetteville, Pa., woman was approached in the Chambersburg Wal-Mart parking lot on Lincoln Way West by a woman who began yelling at her and struck her in the head multiple times, police said.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-6-inch black female with a thin build.

Anyone with information on the incident can call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161.

City police respond to vandalism complaints

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to four vandalism complaints Sunday morning in the East Avenue area of downtown Hagerstown.

Sgt. Paul Kifer said four vehicles were reported damaged with some broken windows, slashed tires and stolen items, from compact discs to duffel bags of clothes.

No suspects have been named, he said.

Anyone with information on the incidents may call police at 301-790-3700.

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