Police log

February 02, 2003

Fire causes damage tomobile home workshop

MONT ALTO, Pa. - A mobile home that was converted into a workshop received between $6,000 and $10,000 in damage from a fire Friday evening that investigators believe was started when vapors were ignited by sparks from a kerosene heater, a spokesman for the Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Department said.

The owner of the mobile home, Theodore Miller, had his hair singed in the incident but he refused treatment, Dan Reed, captain of the department, said.

Reed said a man, who has not been identified, was draining oil from a motorcycle inside the building. It is believed that vapors from the oil were ignited by sparks from a nearby kerosene heater.

Firefighters managed to save the mobile home, but the motorcycle was destroyed, Reed said.

The mobile home is in the 8000 block of Toms Town Road, Reed said.

Units from Mont Alto and Waynesboro, Pa., responded to the 6 p.m. alarm.


Keedysville shed is damaged in fire

KEEDYSVILLE - A fire Friday morning caused by a heat lamp coming into contact with combustible materials did heavy damage to a pole shed at 5034 Churchey Road near Keedysville, an official with the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

The alarm came in at 8:30 a.m. at the property owned by Miles and Peggy Gunter, Fire Marshal Allen Gosnell said.

Damage was estimated at $15,000 to the building and $5,000 to its contents, Gosnell said.

The Sharpsburg Fire Department responded.

Idaho truck driver treated after crash

HANCOCK - An Idaho truck driver was treated at Washington County Hospital and released Friday afternoon after his rig hit a bridge near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 68, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

The driver was identified as Troy Allen Lysfjord, 34, of Blackfoot.

Police said Lysfjord was westbound on Interstate 68 just off Interstate 70 when he struck a bridge barrier and his 2002 Freightliner overturned, police said.

The accident closed the westbound lane of I-68 from 4 to 7 p.m., police said. Traffic was detoured through Warfordsburg, Pa.

Woman's purse taken in store parking lot

FREDERICK, Md. - A police dog was unable to track the person who stole a purse from a woman at a grocery store Thursday night.

Frederick County Sheriff's Office detectives said the purse-snatching took place about 9:45 p.m. The suspect was described as a white male in his late teens wearing dark pants and a dark hooded sweatshirt.

The suspect approached the woman in the parking lot of the Food Lion grocery store at 6920 Crestwood Blvd. and took her purse. Police said the man ran toward New Design Road. A search by the Maryland State Police K-9 unit did not turn up the thief.

Police found the purse nearly two hours later in a trash receptacle. Only a small amount of cash was taken from the purse.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office asked that anyone with information about the crime call Detective Dewees at 301-631-3677.

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