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Police log

February 06, 2004

City crews respond to flooded conditions


Frozen pipes that thawed and broke sent the Hagerstown Fire Department to at least two calls for flooded conditions Thursday.

The former Shockey's piano and organ store downtown and the former Watson Funeral Home were flooded, Battalion Chief Randy Myers said.

More than 3 feet of water was found in the basement of the former piano store, now a vacant building, after someone called 911 to report that water was running out the front door, Myers said.

The first block of Summit Avenue was shut down for about 45 minutes after the leak was reported at 7:37 a.m., officials said.

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The sprinkler system at 30 Summit Ave. froze and broke because there was no heat in the former store, Myers said.

Water was trickling down from the third floor, Myers said.

The water and power were shut off, but the water caused considerable damage, Myers said.

Later that morning, flooding was reported at the former funeral home at 24 W. Bethel St., which is now a private residence, Myers said. The funeral home closed in December 2002.

About 4 feet of water was found in the basement, Myers said.

Myers recommended people make sure there is heat where the pipes are or they could freeze. When pipes freeze, they can break. Then when temperatures warm up, the frozen pipes thaw and water leaks.

Myers said the fire department has been getting a couple of flooding calls a day in recent days.

- Julie E. Greene




Food spills onto road when truck overturns


Food spilled onto the highway when a tractor-trailer overturned at about 1 p.m. Thursday on the ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 to northbound Interstate 81, Maryland State Police Cpl. Richard Poffenberger said.

There were no injuries, he said.

Additional information was not available Thursday night, he said.




Two injured in crash on U.S. 340


A traffic accident at 9:17 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 340 east of Md. 67 sent two people to hospitals, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

A 17-year-old Knoxville, Md., girl lost control of her 1990 Acura on a patch of ice, and the vehicle skidded into the westbound lanes and struck a 1995 Volkswagen driven by Spyridon Papadopoulos, 58, of Bethesda, Md., police said.

The girl, who was not identified by police, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition, police said.

Papadopoulos was flown by helicopter to Washington County Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Thursday night.

The accident was under investigation.




Men charged in bank robbery caught


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men wanted in connection with an Inwood, W.Va., bank robbery were found Wednesday night in Ohio, after they had hitchhiked a ride with a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer driver, police said Thursday.

Benjamin Sine, 23, and Tony DeHaven, 23, both waived extradition and are expected to be returned to Berkeley County on Monday, said Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith.

Police first spotted a stolen pickup truck the men were believed to have taken parked outside a motel in Chambersburg, Pa. Pennsylvania State Police troopers began watching the truck, but then learned the men had hitchhiked a ride with a truck driver bound for Ohio, Smith said.

The truck was pulled over at around 9 or 9:30 p.m. outside of Wintersville, Ohio. No gun was found, but police recovered $1,900, Smith said.

Arrest warrants were issued earlier this week charging Sine and DeHaven with armed robbery in connection with a robbery at the City National Bank branch in Inwood on Monday afternoon.




Md. man charged with stealing meat


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Sykesville, Md., man was charged Thursday with felony shoplifting of $39 worth of steaks last summer.

Anthony William Hayes, 31, of 108 Franklin Ave., pleaded guilty to second-offense shoplifting in 2001, which allowed police to file the felony, third-offense shoplifting charge in connection with the alleged theft this summer.

According to court records, an employee at the Hedgesville Food Lion store started following Hayes around on June 5, 2003, and watched him put four packages of steak into his pants.

Conviction on a charge of third-offense shoplifting carries a prison sentence of one to 10 years.




People, horse unhurt in hit-and-run crash


NEWBURG, Pa. - No one was seriously hurt Wednesday afternoon in a hit-and-run accident involving a vehicle, a horse and buggy and a pedestrian, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The accident happened at about 5:20 p.m. in the 8000 block of Newburg Road when a 1984 Ford Bronco struck the rear of a buggy, operated by Mose Hostetler, 58, of Newburg. Police said the Bronco then spun around and struck the pedestrian, Mark A. Fisher, 30, of Newburg.

The Bronco fled the scene, police said. Fisher refused treatment for minor injuries and Hostetler was unhurt, according to police.

Trooper Mark Galli said the horse was not at the scene by the time he arrived, but said it apparently was unhurt in the crash. Galli said Thursday the driver of the Bronco has not been located.




Boy stabbed in leg on school bus


FREDERICK, Md. - A boy was stabbed above the knee Wednesday during an altercation on a school bus, the Frederick Police Department said.

Police said the victim, who was not named, was assaulted at about 1:57 p.m. on a bus in the area of South McCain Drive and suffered a small laceration on his left knee. Police said the suspect, who was also not named, stabbed the boy with a pocket knife.

Police said the victim was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released.




Man found dead on school grounds


FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was found dead on the grounds of Hillcrest Elementary School Wednesday morning, the Frederick Police Department said.

Frederick Police Sgt. Klingen Smith said Thursday there was no evidence suggesting foul play led to the death of the man, who was found on the school's soccer field.

The body was found before school started, he said.

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