Police log 4/23/03

April 23, 2003

Fog may have played role in accidents

Heavy fog appeared to be the cause of several accidents Tuesday morning in Washington County, a Maryland State Police officer said.

Detective Sgt. Mike Hegedus said Tuesday that police were handling one accident in Clear Spring and another on U.S. 40 near Md. 56 near Big Pool.

Another accident on U.S. 40 near Mapleville Road near Boonsboro had been called to emergency services at about 7:40 a.m., an emergency services dispatcher said. At least two people were taken to Washington County Hospital, but the injuries were not believed to be serious.

Hegedus said poor visibility was likely the cause for the accidents.

No further information was available Tuesday.

Break-in reported at local McDonald's

The McDonald's restaurant at 520 Northern Ave. was broken into early Tuesday by an unknown person, according to Hagerstown City Police.


Someone broke a door window to get in, police said. Police responded about 4:45 a.m., but it was not clear if anything was taken.

Fire caused by child playing with matches

FREDERICK, Md. - An apartment building fire that temporarily displaced approximately 12 residents Monday afternoon was caused by a child playing with matches, according to preliminary findings from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office and a Frederick firefighter.

The fire at 500 Heather Ridge Drive began in a child's bedroom inside Apartment 1-C, according to the fire marshal's office.

No one was injured, officials said.

The fire destroyed one apartment and damaged another, causing $30,000 in damages, officials said. Residents of the three-story wood-frame apartment building had to find shelter elsewhere because of smoke damage, officials said.

Seventy-five firefighters responded to the 4:43 p.m. fire and had it under control within 15 minutes, according to the fire marshal's office.

Accident closes lane of Interstate 70

FREDERICK, Md. - An eastbound lane of Interstate 70 was closed for more than two hours Tuesday after an accident involving a tractor-trailer near Md. 355, Maryland State Police said.

A green Ford Explorer cut into the slow lane and stopped in front of a tractor-trailer hauling 79,000 pounds of powdered concrete near a construction zone shortly after 11 a.m., Sgt. Philip Andrews said.

To avoid running into anyone, the tractor-trailer driver drove through a guardrail into the median, Andrews said.

The tractor-trailer's driver, Raymond Davis, 32, of Westminster, Md., was taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital for complaints of a back injury and chest pain from hitting the steering wheel, Andrews said. He was wearing his seat belt.

Davis was treated and released on Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The lane reopened around 1:30 p.m., Andrews said.

Cops: Juveniles accosted in burglary

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick Police were investigating a burglary Tuesday in which the suspect accosted two juvenile females, police said.

The suspect broke into an apartment at Elmwood Terrace at 90 Waverly Drive, police said. The burglary was reported at 1:29 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Frederick Police Criminal Investigation Division at 1-301-694-2126 or Frederick Police Communications at 1-301-694-2100.

Log cabin fire ruled accidental

MOUNT AIRY, Md. - A fire that caused $35,000 in damage to a two-story log cabin near Mount Airy late Monday night was ruled accidental, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Eugene West Jr. escaped safely after smoke alarms alerted him to the 11:01 p.m. fire at 4143 Bill Moxley Road, according to the fire marshal's office.

Besides damage to the log cabin, contents of the log cabin worth $5,000 were lost, according to the fire marshal's office. The fire started in the second-floor living room.

Four sent to hospital after W.Va. 9 wreck

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Four people were taken to the hospital Tuesday evening after a woman driving a Mitsubishi car crossed the center line on W.Va. 9 and hit two other vehicles, according to police.

The wreck happened after April Bowers, 28, who was driving the Mitsubishi, veered into oncoming traffic and sideswiped a Chevrolet pickup truck, according to the investigating officer, State Police Trooper J.C. Weaver. The driver of that truck was not injured, Weaver said.

Bowers' car then hit a Kia Sportage, Weaver said. Three passengers in that car were taken by ambulance to City Hospital, none with serious injuries, Weaver said.

Bowers, of Hagerstown, also was taken to City Hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries, Weaver said.

The accident happened around 5:40 p.m. on W.Va. 9 west, about one-half mile from Harlan Spring Road.

Missing girls sought

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was looking for three missing girls Tuesday night.

The girls appeared to have run away from a Washington County girls' shelter northeast of Hagerstown, police said.

All three were last seen in their pajamas in bed around 9:45 p.m., police said.

Missing were a 10-year-old black girl, a 12-year-old white girl and a 12-year-old black girl, police said.

Anyone with information may call the Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

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