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Police log for 4/13

April 14, 2003

Boating advisory issued for Potomac


Maryland Natural Resources police are warning people to refrain from boating and other recreational uses of the Upper Potomac River, including creeks and streams.

The advisory was issued Friday.

The Natural Resources Police said river levels are hazardous for recreational use on the main stem of the Potomac River from Cumberland to Little Falls. The warning does not apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.

For more information on Potomac River conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.




Man found near tracks died of intoxication


A man whose body was found in January along the railroad tracks near Bottom Road in Williamsport died of alcohol intoxication complicated by hypothermia, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Friday.

The Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore conducted the autopsy on the man, identified as Lynn Littleboy Burke, police said.

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Police said when they found Burke's body on Jan. 27, they initially believed he may have fallen from a train or jumped. Police said he was not dressed for the cold weather when he was found.

According to the autopsy, Burke's injuries were not severe enough to support that theory, police said.

Burke, who was 36, had family in Montana, police said.




Fire causes $50,000 damage to W.Va. home


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Friday morning fire in Martinsburg caused about $50,000 in damages to a house on Frederick Street, Martinsburg Fire Capt. David Brining said.

The fire department arrived at 216 Frederick St. at 10:36 a.m. and had the fire under control in 15 minutes, Brining said.

House owner Edward Whitley was not home when the electrical fire started. There were no injuries.

Brining said the fire started in the basement and burned through to a room on the first floor. The fire also went through an exterior wall and into the attic.

Brining said the house wasn't habitable and that Whitley had anticipated making other living arrangements.

The American Red Cross was not called to the scene, Brining said.




Strip search foils bid to fake a drug test


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A man's elaborate attempt to fake a drug test was foiled by a strip search that uncovered pouches of apparently clean urine and a fake penis, authorities said.

The apparatus was aimed at fooling police officers observing Jason Stotler's delivery of a urine sample required by his probation order, Teresa Bean, an assistant Frederick County state's attorney, said Thursday.

The rig included a thermometer to indicate when the liquid, reconstituted from commercially available urine crystals, reached body temperature, she said.

The plan fell apart when Stotler, 25, entered the Frederick County courthouse Wednesday and was recognized by deputies as being wanted for violating probation. A bag of marijuana dropped to floor during a pat-down, so they conducted a strip search, Bean said.

Stotler was charged with marijuana possession and jailed in lieu of $7,500 bail. He told Judge Ralph France at a hearing Thursday that he had made a mistake.

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