Police log

July 08, 2003

Heavy smoke forces residents to evacuate

Residents of the fifth floor of the Alexander House in Hagerstown's Public Square were briefly evacuated Monday evening due to heavy smoke from food left on a stove, the Hagerstown Fire Department said.

Firefighters cleared out the smoke and let residents back into their apartments about 7:30 p.m.

There was no damage, the fire department said.

Chair argument leads to assault charge

A Hagerstown man was charged with second-degree assault Monday after an argument over a chair, Hagerstown City Police said.

Brian Scott Long, 31, of 105 S. Potomac St., allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the hair and pulled her out of the chair, police said.

Boonsboro man dies when hit by train

A Boonsboro man died early Monday when he was struck by a train just south of Sharpsburg.


Delmas Eugene Conner, 60, of the 300 block of Orchard Manor Drive was struck by the Norfolk Southern train at 12:22 a.m., according to police. Conner was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Washington County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ryan Shifflet said Conner was standing on the side of the tracks as the train approached and walked in front of the train after a Norfolk Southern employee blew the train's horn and initiated the emergency braking system.

"He had a walking cane and raised it in the air (as the train approached)," Shifflet said.

An autopsy is to be performed this week at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore, according to Shifflet.

Cabin destroyed by fire in W.Va.

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A fire destroyed a one-story cabin off Mountain Lake Road on Sunday morning, according to a fire official.

The cabin was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived, said Lt. Todd Ruppenthal of the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Co.

It is not clear what started the fire, which was reported by a neighbor at about 11:08 a.m., Ruppenthal said.

Ruppenthal did not know who owned the cabin.

Vandalism, thefts reported in county

Several acts of vandalism and items stolen from residences and vehicles were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department since Friday, police said.

  • The lawn of a home in the 17400 block of West Washington Street was destroyed when someone drove on it. The vehicle caused $500 in damage.

  • Evangel Baptist Church at 17922 Broadfording Road was broken into Sunday. A description of items taken was not given to police.

  • A wallet containing money, credit cards and a homeland security identification card, valued at a total of more than $500, was reported stolen Sunday from a residence in the 13200 block of Edgemont Road near South Mountain State Park.

  • A Maryland registration tag, number SMC578, was reported stolen Sunday from a Ford Escort parked in the first block of Martin Street in Clear Spring.

  • A wallet, value undetermined, was reported stolen Sunday from a vehicle parked at the Williamsport Moose Club, 119 Conococheague St., in Williamsport.

  • The mirrors from the driver's and passenger's side of a 1986 white Honda Civic were stolen Saturday while the car was parked at 17301 Valley Mall Road. The value of the mirrors was undetermined.

  • Trash cans and 27 lights were reported dumped into a swimming pool in the 9300 block of Childacrest Drive in Boonsboro. A mailbox also was broken. Damage to the property was estimated at more than $100.

  • A laptop computer and purse were reported stolen Saturday from a 1993 Ford Windstar parked in the 100 block of Church Street in Sharpsburg. Police said they later recovered the property at a residence in the 100 block of South Mechanic Street in Sharpsburg.

  • The front door of a residence on Apple Blossom Court was reported damaged Saturday. The house was ransacked, but no items appeared to be stolen.

  • A 1988 GMC truck was keyed Saturday in the 12300 block of Richwood Drive near Hagerstown, causing $500 in damage.

  • A mailbox was reported destroyed by an "explosive devise" Saturday on American Way east of Hagerstown. An estimate of the damage was not available.

Rescue crews respond to river calls

Rescue crews were called to the Potomac River twice Monday night to investigate reports of people needing help, but found no emergency on either call, according to the Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications Center.

Shortly before 7 p.m., rescue crews were called to Lock 31 of the Potomac off Keep Tryst Road for a report of someone falling off an inner tube. Crews left about 30 minutes later after not finding anything, dispatchers said.

At 8:10 p.m., rescue crews were called out to investigate a report of people stranded on rocks in the Potomac near the Harpers Ferry railroad bridge, dispatchers said.

The people ended up not needing help and crews left shortly before 9 p.m.

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