Police log

August 15, 2003

Arson not being ruled out in house fire

Fire investigators have not ruled out arson in a Wednesday evening blaze at a vacant house in the 21100 block of Old Forge Road near Chewsville.

Maryland State Police Trooper Dave Matthews said a witness reportedly saw a young white man walking around near the house and a green GMC Jimmy.

"When she got about a block away, she saw smoke and saw the guy driving away," Matthews said.

A cellular phone was found at the scene, Matthews said.

Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co. Deputy Fire Chief Milton Bloom said there was suspicion of arson because of items left at the scene. But Bloom said no accelerants were found near the burned home.

The fire broke out at about 6:50 p.m., according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. Damage to the two-story structure was estimated at $20,000.


Bloom said the back wall was destroyed.

It took 30 firefighters approximately 45 minutes to control the blaze, which apparently started in the first floor of the house, the release said. Departments from Leitersburg, Smithsburg, Longmeadow, Maugansville, Mt. Aetna and Waynesboro, Pa., were among those who responded.

- Brian Shappell

Two children suffer from dog bites

Two children were taken to Washington County Hospital Thursday after dogs bit them in separate incidents.

Shebinu bit 3-year-old Gordon Young of 428 McDowell Ave. in Hagerstown at about 3 p.m., police said. The dog, which was quarantined at the residence and later will be evaluated by health officials, bit Young on the lip, police said.

At 8:55 p.m., a German shepherd bit 4-year-old Izaiha Carreras, of 313 Miller St. in Reading, Pa., on the face and head at 136 Broadway in Hagerstown, according to police.

Theresa Britt, the owner of the dog at 136 Broadway, relinquished ownership to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals following the incident, police said.

The conditions of the children could not be obtained late Thursday evening.

Cartons of cigarettes stolen from Sheetz

The Washington County Sheriff's Office received the following reports Wednesday:

  • Thirty cartons of cigarettes were taken Wednesday evening from the Sheetz store at 100 E. Potomac St. in Williamsport. Their value was estimated at $990.

  • The ticket booth at Boonsboro High School, 10 Campus Drive, Boonsboro, was broken into and damaged. No damage estimate was available.

  • Two bicycles, one boy's and one girl's, were reported stolen from 11215 Youngstoun Drive, near Hagerstown. The bikes were valued at $35 apiece.

  • At about 7:41 p.m., a driver took off without paying for $14 worth of gas at Your Country Store, 17035 Fairview Road, near Hagerstown.

Three treated after Pa. 997 crash

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three people were treated at Chambersburg Hospital Tuesday night for injuries received in a one-vehicle accident on Smoketown Road in Greene Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Michelle Henning, 20, of Spring Run, Pa., was driving north near the intersection of Pa. 997 at 10 p.m. when the vehicle ran off the road, hit two trees and came to rest in a backyard.

Henning and passengers Andrea Grissett, 20, and Tim Kremp, 30, both of Chambersburg, were taken to the hospital with what police described as moderate injuries.

Large safe found in remote Franklin Co.

UPPER STRASBURG, Pa. - A large floor safe was found Wednesday morning in state game lands off Lower Horse Valley Road in Letterkenny Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The badly damaged and empty Gardall safe was found in a gravel parking area off the road, police said. The bottom of the three-by-two-foot gray safe had been opened and the lock removed.

Anyone with information about the safe may call state police at 264-5161.

Kawasaki motorcycle stolen from Pa. home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hamilton Township, Pa., man's motorcycle was stolen between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 6:18 p.m. Wednesday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the Kawasaki KX60 motorcycle was stolen from the Edenville Road home of Larry Hill II.

Tires dumped on Pa. man's property

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Approximately 100 tires were dumped on a Waynesboro, Pa., man's property in Guilford Township over the weekend, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the tires were found in a wooded area about a mile east of the 5000 block of Stamey Hill Road. A lock on a cable across the entrance had been cut to gain entry to the property, according to police.

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