Police log

December 09, 2003

Women remain in critical condition

Two Hagerstown women burned in separate fires last week remained in critical condition at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday evening.

Brenda L. Hitt, of 39 E. North Ave., suffered severe burns Nov. 30 when her first-floor bedroom caught fire, firefighters said. Hagerstown Fire Department and City Police continue to investigate the cause, Deputy Chief Ron Horn said Monday morning.

Mary Puderbaugh, 72, of 320 Garlinger Ave., was found unconscious by rescuers early last Wednesday in her first-floor room in the two-story house she shared with her son.

Fire investigators said the fire in Puderbaugh's home appeared to be accidental, but the exact cause still is under investigation.

Burn victim in critical condition

BOONSBORO - A Mapleville Road resident who suffered facial burns Sunday evening was in critical condition Monday evening at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a spokeswoman there said.


According to dispatch information, Boonsboro fire and rescue teams, as well as a Maryland State Police helicopter, were called to the home of Jack McClellan Beard, of 8115 Mapleville Road, at 6:44 p.m. Sunday.

A dispatcher said Sunday that the fire ignited in the area of an oxygen tank the man was using for breathing assistance. Beard was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Two charged in Sears tool theft

SCOTLAND, Pa. - A West Virginia man and woman accused of stealing $1,370 in tools from the Sears store at Chambersburg Mall last month were arrested Saturday after they were spotted at Sears again, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Larry Donald Shoemaker Jr., 29, and Mary Jane Snyder, 20, both of Hedgesville, were arraigned before District Justice Shirley Shatzer on retail theft charges, according to police.

Shoemaker, whose address was unavailable, was jailed in Franklin County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bond. Snyder, whose address was unavailable, was jailed on $10,000 bond, police said.

Police said the pair were identified by a store employee as having been involved in the Nov. 17 theft of five socket wrench sets. That theft occurred shortly before 1 p.m., when a man put the tools in a shopping cart and rolled them outside the store, where a woman was waiting in a black sedan with West Virginia plates.

Shoemaker and Snyder were stopped Saturday by state police on Interstate 81 in Antrim Township at about 2:45 p.m., police said.

Shoemaker and Snyder still were in jail Monday night, according to a prison official.

Pa. man defrauded of $1,100 in scam

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was defrauded out of $1,100 last week by someone who told him he won the Publishers' Clearing House Sweepstakes, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the 85-year-old man was contacted by phone last Wednesday. The caller told the victim that, in order to collect his winnings, he would have to send money to a person in Tel Aviv, Israel. The man arranged for the transfer of the money, but was called again the next day and told he needed to send another $1,100, police said.

When the victim said he did not have enough money, the caller hung up, according to police.

Vehicle crashes into Pa. man's home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man's house was damaged Sunday morning when it was hit by a vehicle, according to Chambersburg police.

Police said the home of Tony R. Foley, 660 S. Main St., sustained moderate damage in the 3:10 a.m. crash. Police said the driver fled the scene.

Christmas decorations stolen

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

  • Reported at 8:07 a.m., residents at 434 Pangborn Boulevard reported Christmas decorations were stolen. Reindeer, a tree and lights were believed to have been taken the previous night.

  • Just after noon, it was discovered that someone had broken into Discount Liquors, 189 E. Main St., Hancock, the previous night. Police reports did not list the items taken.
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