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Police log

July 25, 2003

Men in fiery crash released


FREDERICK, Md. - Three men involved in a fiery car crash Saturday were released from hospitals earlier this week.

One now faces charges stemming from the one-car wreck, Frederick City Police said.

Lt. Shawn Martyak said Carlos Ramirez, 26, of Key Parkway in Frederick, was charged with reckless driving, negligent driving and driving without a license. Martyak alleged that speed was the main factor in the crash.

The crash occurred just before 10:30 p.m. on Reichs Ford Road near Tilco Drive, according to a police. The driver, in a 1992 Oldsmobile, was attempting to pass a truck when he lost control of the vehicle, which hit a light pole and burst into flames, police said.

Maryland State Police flew Ramirez and passenger Jose Christopher Guiterez, 31, of Redfield Court in Frederick, to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Martyak said. Martyak said the men were treated for head injuries and released within 24 hours of the crash.

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Another passenger, Luis Jose Guiterez, 20, of Greenwall Place in Frederick, was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released early Sunday, Martyak said.

Martyak said the men did not suffer serious burns although a portion of the car was engulfed by flames.




Lightning strike causes barn fire


SABILLASVILLE, Md. - A lightning strike caused a fire that destroyed a barn Tuesday evening in the 17,000 block of Sabillasville Road, according to Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshal Faron Taylor.

Taylor said authorities ruled the fire accidental Thursday.

The barn, owned by Travis Baker, sustained $100,000 in damage, according to the Fire Marshal's Office. There were no injuries reported from the fire, which was called in at 9:14 p.m.

It took two hours for 75 firefighters to bring the fire under control.




Police looking for man in Kmart theft


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Borough police have a description of a person they want to question in connection with a theft at the Wayne Avenue Kmart Wednesday afternoon.

An undisclosed amount of money was stolen from the layaway department at about 3 p.m. and police said two white males were seen in the area at about the time the theft occurred.

One was described as being more than 6 feet tall with black curly hair. The man was wearing a light blue fishing cap with a wide floppy brim and had a tattoo on the left side of his neck, possibly of Chinese writing.

Anyone with information about the two suspects, including the description of any vehicle they used, may call police at 264-4131.




Pa. police looking for missing pickup


MONT ALTO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a truck that was taken from a Mont Alto home July 16 and has not been returned.

Police said they have the name of the person who is believed to have taken the 1989 Chevy truck from 105 Park St., but it was not released. Police did not name the victim either.

The truck's Pennsylvania license plate number is YDY-2041.




Strike sparks fire at Hancock home


HANCOCK - A lightning strike sparked a fire in an Exline Road house near Hancock Wednesday night, according to a release from the State Fire Marshal's Office.

No injuries were reported, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

Emergency officials were called at 9:45 p.m. to the single-family home at 13202 Exline Road, where a fire was spotted in the roof area.

The 55 firefighters called to the fire had the blaze under control in 45 minutes, but the last fire crews weren't released until 1:43 a.m. Thursday, according to the Fire Marshal's office.

Damage to the house was estimated at $40,000 and to the contents at $10,000.




Truck fire causes delays on I-70


A truck fire caused traffic delays on eastbound Interstate 70 on South Mountain Thursday morning, said Maryland State Police Sgt. Brad Brown of the Frederick Barrack.

The emergency call for a fire originating in the engine compartment of a dump truck was received at 7:27 a.m., Brown said.




American flag, tools among stolen items


The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following crime reports this week:

  • An American flag was reported stolen Monday morning from a front-yard flag pole on the 100 block of Chartridge Drive. It was valued at $50.

  • Someone took tools and a home items from a house under construction on Braiton Court, near Williamsport, it was reported Monday. A $400 nail gun and a $238 faucet were among the stolen items.

  • Reported Monday morning, a thief broke into a vehicle parked at Younger Toyota, 1935 Dual Highway, and stole a $300 stereo. Damage was $300.

  • A 1991 Ford Explorer was reported broken into Wednesday morning, and a set of golf clubs was taken.

  • A boat license tag was reported stolen Wednesday afternoon at the Park and Ride on South Conococheague Street, Williamsport. The Maryland tag number is M142923.





Police looking for man on assault charges


Hagerstown City Police are asking for the public's help in looking for a man with three outstanding arrest warrants.

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