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Police log for 1/24

January 24, 2003

Driver burned after pickup catches fire



The driver of a small pickup truck that caught fire on Burhans Boulevard Thursday afternoon was burned on his right arm but refused medical treatment, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said.

The 2:44 p.m. fire near the intersection with Elizabeth Street has been blamed on mechanical failure, DeHaven said.

The fire began in the engine compartment and spread to the rest of the truck, DeHaven said. Even the tires were destroyed in the fire.

Dehaven said the truck was a total loss.

A passenger escaped the burning truck unharmed.




Truck in driveway destroyed by fire



Firefighters from Funkstown and Hagerstown's Junior Fire Co. went to 119 Harvard Road Thursday evening, where they found a pickup truck on fire in the driveway, said Funkstown Lt. Paul Hottinger.

When personnel from Junior Fire Co. arrived, they had to break the truck's window to gain entry, Hottinger said. No was home and the truck wasn't running when firefighters got there.

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Hottinger said the truck was destroyed.




Hotel search results in drug charges



Members of the Street Crimes Unit on Wednesday searched Room 270 of the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center at 901 Dual Highway and charged three people with drug offenses.

Police identified those charged as:

  • Jerald L. Brown, 22, of 258 W. 117th St., Apt. 54E, Manhattan, N.Y., who was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

    Brown posted a $50,000 bond and was released, according to a spokesman at the Washington County Detention Center.

  • Karen Ann Pietrolungo, 29, no fixed address, was charged with possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

  • Thomas Kenyon Miller, 35, of 350 S. Locust St., Apt. 3, was charged with possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.


Neither Pietrolungo nor Miller was jailed.




Siblings hospitalized following accident



While a Hagerstown brother and sister continue to recuperate from their injuries, Hagerstown City Police were still trying to figure out what happened Wednesday afternoon in an accident in the 500 block of West Church Street.

"When I arrived on the scene, a man was under the front end of the car," said Officer Stephen Magaha. "It looked like he might have been dragged."

Joseph Robert Stotelmeyer, 77, of West Church Street, was listed in fair condition Thursday at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

Magaha said the woman who had been driving the white Oldsmobile was also on the ground. "We're assuming she got out of the car and she may have fallen on a icy patch that was right by her door," Magaha said.

Vivian R. Glesner, 77, of 14011 Maugansville Road, was listed in serious condition Thursday, a hospital spokesman said.

Community Rescue Service responded to the 2:39 p.m. accident along with Western Enterprise firefighters.

Magaha said that the brother and sister had been returning to his home on West Church Street from a trip to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Police ask that anyone with information on how the accident occurred call 301-790-3700.




W.Va. man pleads guilty to drug charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who pleaded guilty Thursday to distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet fo St. Joseph's School could face up to 40 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said.

Lee Richard Jenkins, 58, of Apt. 610, Senior Towers Apartments, could also be fined $2 million when he appears before U.S. District Court Judge Craig Broadwater on April 14 for sentencing.

The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.




Vandals shoot holes in Hecht's store window



The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following calls Wednesday:

  • At 8:45 a.m., police were called to the Valley Mall Hecht's store at 17301 Valley Mall Road, where they found several holes in the rear vestibule window. Police believe the holes were made with BBs from an air-powered gun. The damage was valued at $6,500.

  • Police were called at 7:30 a.m. to a home on the 11000 block of Big Pool Road for a report of breaking and entering. Police said $350 worth of coins and jewelry was taken.

  • Deputies were called to Prime Outlets at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday for a report that a car in the mall parking lot had been broken into. Someone had taken a purse, which deputies said contained a bank card, but no cash.
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