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October 20, 2003

Two charged in attempted robbery

Hagerstown City Police have charged a 34-year-old man and a teenager in connection with an attempted robbery that occurred early Thursday near Summit Avenue in Hagerstown.

Cecil Morgan Briscoe, 34, of 410 N. Jonathan St., and the 16-year-old boy both were charged with attempted robbery, attempted theft and second-degree assault, police said.

Police said that at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday, a man was walking in Library Alley, which is off the first block of Summit Avenue, when he was approached by two people. The man later told police that one of the assailants grabbed his neck and tried to take a bag the man was carrying.

The man ran and contacted police. Police stopped Briscoe and the boy in an alley off the 100 block of North Potomac Street using a description provided by the man.


Police said the teen was charged in at least seven separate incidents this year, including an alcohol violation, malicious destruction charges and drug distribution charges. The boy was released to his parents, police said.

Briscoe was being held Sunday evening on $50,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a detention center spokeswoman said.

Occupants escape from burning mobile home

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Fire broke out Sunday night in a mobile home behind Kwek's Country Store on W.Va. 9 east.

When firefighters arrived at the scene in Talbott's mobile home park, a large amount of flames could be seen under the mobile home, said Martin Roberts, chief of the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Co.

Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire, he said.

A man, woman and a boy inside escaped safely, he said.

Morgan County man charged in standoff

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Morgan County man is facing numerous charges after a Saturday night standoff with the Morgan County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police.

Bill Smith, 33, of 571 Mawani Village Subdivision off W.Va. 522 south, was charged with three counts of kidnapping, as well as domestic battery, brandishing a weapon and wanton endangerment, police said.

Police said the sheriff's department initially was dispatched for a possible hostage situation at 7:02 p.m. Smith's wife made the call after escaping the house, but Smith had let his children leave the home before officers arrived, state police said.

Smith, however, allegedly would not leave the home and the state police Special Response Team was called in, arriving at about 10 p.m., state police said.

Sheriff Ronnie McIntire was able to talk Smith out of the house, and he was taken into custody at about 11:30 p.m.

Power goes out in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Prison, Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Pennsylvania State Police barracks operated on back-up generators for more than an hour Sunday night after a tractor-trailer hit a utility pole at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Franklin Farm Lane, county emergency communications dispatchers said.

The truck hit the utility pole at 7:52 p.m., according to a dispatcher, and traffic was rerouted around the scene.

Power was out as far east of the accident scene as Wal-Mart in Guilford Township. Service was restored at 9:26 p.m., according to a dispatcher.

The driver of the truck was uninjured but had to remain inside the truck for a time to ensure that the wires of the utility pole were not in contact with the vehicle.

The outage affected about 640 customers, according to Debbie Beck, an Allegheny Power Co. spokeswoman.

The Sheetz store at the intersection was still without power shortly before 11 p.m. Beck said. Power was expected to be restored early this morning.

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