Police log

January 21, 2004

Crews respond to Smithsburg house fire

SHARPSBURG -- Several fire companies went to Snyders Landing Road on Tuesday night after a fire broke out in part of a house.

A firefighter at the scene said the fire started in a chimney and spread to a rear porch area, but was quickly extinguished.

Around 8:30 p.m., firefighters could be seen pulling away portions of the rear outer wall, next to the chimney.

A Washington County emergency dispatcher said the first firefighters were sent to 17046 Snyders Landing Road, west of Sharpsburg, at 7:17 p.m.

Firefighters from Sharpsburg, Fairplay, Boonsboro, Funkstown and Shepherdstown, W.Va., answered the call, along with Sharpsburg Emergency Medical Services and Washington County's air and food units, the dispatcher said.


According to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, Eric Todd Kline owns the two-story house at 17046 Snyders Landing Road.

No injuries reported in city duplex fire

Nine people were evacuated Tuesday morning after a fire started in a second-story bedroom of a Hagerstown duplex, a fire department spokesman said.

About 15 Hagerstown Fire Department firefighters responded to 421 N. Mulberry St., across from Fairgrounds Park, at about 8:45 a.m. and put out the fire in about five minutes, said Kyd Dieterich, battalion chief for the Hagerstown Fire Department.

He said there were no injuries. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Dieterich said firefighters are used to fighting flames in all types of weather, but when they're inside a hot house and come outside to cold air, it can be tough on them.

Generator, gas among stolen items

The following crimes were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department:

  • A new Honda EB300CK generator was reported stolen from a job site Monday at 10:30 a.m. at 248 Montclair Court, said Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Knight.

    He said the generator was estimated to be worth about $1,200.

  • Ninety gallons of gasoline were reported stolen Monday at 3 p.m. from a company vehicle at Supreme Insulation, 11906 Wheatfield Drive, Knight said.

    He said the gas was valued at about $150.

  • A Yamaha 600 Grizzly four-wheeler with an attached snowplow was reported stolen Monday at 6 p.m. from 14619 Pennersville Road in Cascade, Knight said.

    He said the vehicle was valued at $6,700.

Police: Robberies may be connected

MONROVIA, Md. -- Maryland State Police Cpl. Tim Miller said investigators from two state police barracks were investigating three afternoon robberies in Frederick and Carroll counties Tuesday.

Miller said the Sun Trust Bank location at the intersection of Md. Routes 75 and 80 was robbed at approximately 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Miller said he did not have a detailed report on the incident, which is being investigated by troopers from the Frederick barrack.

Miller said that robbery was believed to be connected to a bank robbery in Mount Airy Tuesday afternoon. Miller said police were searching for a red Toyota Celica in connection with both robberies.

State police from the Westminster barrack were investigating a 3:05 p.m. robbery at the BB&T bank branch on East Ridgeville Boulevard. The robber demanded money but did not display a weapon, police said.

State police at Westminster said a third robbery Tuesday afternoon, at a CVS location in Taneytown, did not appear to be related to the bank robberies.

Juveniles charged with theft of cash

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Two juveniles have been charged with stealing approximately $30,000 in a burglary reported last week, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said theft charges were filed against the 17-year-old boys with the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department.

Police said the money was stolen from a gun safe at the Cumberland Highway home of Dennis C. Coons, 46, in Letterkenny Township between Jan. 3 and Jan. 14.

Police said $24,860 in cash was returned to Coons along with $4,079 in merchandise and receipts for goods purchased with the stolen money.

W.Va. men injured in interstate crash

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Two people were flown to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center following a one-car accident Monday night on Interstate 81, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the accident happened at 11 p.m. when a southbound 2003 Dodge Neon driven by Timothy Whisler, 20, of Martinsburg, W.Va., went onto the east berm of the road, hit ice and skidded sideways into the median.

One of Whisler's two passengers was ejected. Police did not say which one.

Passenger Gary Asta was listed in serious condition Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Tyrone Dorsey of Martinsburg was in fair condition.

Police said the accident was under investigation.

Three people received minor injuries in hit-and-run accident

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- Three people received minor injuries Monday afternoon in a hit-and-run accident on Mercersburg Road in Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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