Police log

October 26, 2003

First unit on scene unequipped for fire

QUINCY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Friday night fire gutted the second story and attic of a wood frame home on Rock Hill Road, said Deputy Fire Chief Clyde Thomas with New Franklin Fire Department.

No one was home at the time of the fire, Thomas said. The residents stayed with family members Friday night.

Firefighters were dispatched for a fire in the Mont Alto jurisdiction, but the fire was in New Franklin's territory, Thomas said. As a result, New Franklin was the first fire company on the scene, but with a ladder truck and no tanker truck to start fighting the fire at a rural farmhouse.

If the call had been dispatched as New Franklin territory, the company would have taken a tanker truck to supply water, he said. Other fire departments did bring tankers.

At least 20 fire units with 75 firefighters were called to the 8:31 p.m. fire at 6490 Rock Hill Road near Hades Church Road, Thomas said.


A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was investigating the cause of the fire, but he could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Half of double house damaged in fire

A Hagerstown fire marshal was investigating a Saturday morning fire at what appeared to be a vacant home on North Locust Street, said Battalion Chief Richard Hopkins with the Hagerstown Fire Department.

The 1:37 a.m. fire caused a significant amount of fire and heat damage to the first floor, especially the living room area of the half double at 128 N. Locust St., Hopkins said. The fire caused smoke and heat damage to the second floor.

The fire was contained to that half of the house, Hopkins said.

A neighbor told firefighters there were children on the second floor so firefighters did a quick search, but found no one, Hopkins said.

Because the road is narrow, North Locust Street was shut down between East Avenue and Franklin Street for 21/2 hours to accommodate emergency vehicles, Hopkins said.

It took approximately 15 firefighters 10 to 15 minutes to knock down the fire, he said.

Police: Bug swatting leads to accident

CLEAR SPRING - Two Washington County residents were being treated in Washington County Hospital's emergency room Saturday night after a man swatting at a bug rear-ended a pickup, Maryland State Police said.

Beverly Ann Divelbiss, 55, of Hagerstown, had stopped her Dodge pickup as she waited to turn left from eastbound Md. 68 onto Interstate 70 east at 11:30 a.m., Cpl. Patrick Morris said. The pickup was rear-ended by a Jeep driven by Owen Maxwell Reed, 41, of Clear Spring, Morris said.

Divelbiss was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Reed was admitted to the hospital, but the spokeswoman did not know what his condition was.

Both vehicles were total losses, he said.

Reed was cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision, Morris said.

Frederick man thrown from car on U.S. 340

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A Frederick, Md., man was thrown from a car during an accident on U.S. 340 Saturday morning, West Virginia State Police said.

Ronald Delnelo's condition was not known. Police said he was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, but the hospital had no record of him being there Saturday.

Delnelo was a passenger in a 2002 Acura driven by Katherine Jo Smith, 23, of Frederick, Sgt. D.D. Forman said.

Smith was driving on U.S. 340 one mile south of Union Street around 1:27 a.m. when she lost control of the car and it hit an embankment and rolled over, Forman said.

Smith, who was wearing her seat belt, was not taken to the hospital, Forman said.

Extinguisher prank leads to evacuation

The Venice Inn on Dual Highway had to be evacuated for about an hour shortly after midnight Friday when someone discharged a dry powder fire extinguisher in the fifth-floor hallway as a prank, said Battalion Chief Richard Hopkins with the Hagerstown Fire Department.

The powder set off the smoke detector alarm because it cannot distinguish between dust and smoke, Battalion Chief Kyd Dieterich said.

Woman struck by vehicle in city

Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications reported that a woman was hit by a vehicle at 6:47 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Mill and Baltimore streets.

The woman was taken to Washington County Hospital, a spokesman at the 911 dispatch center said.

The Hagerstown Police Department did not have any information about the accident Saturday night.

ATV stolen

BOONSBORO - A 1999 Honda four-wheel all-terrain vehicle and several accessories were reported stolen Saturday from a shed behind a home on Main Street in Boonsboro, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police said the shed was forcibly entered and that a second shed on the adjacent property was also broken into. A power saw was taken from the second shed, but was found intact at the rear of the property.

Anyone with information on the incident may call the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Boy's hair set on fire

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Police charged a 15-year-old boy with second degree assault after an incident in which another 15-year-old boy's hair was set on fire Friday.

The fire was immediately put out and the victim was not injured, police said.

The juvenile suspect was released to his parents pending action by the Department of Juvenile Justice, police said.

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