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Police briefs

April 02, 2004

Families evacuated in apartment fire


CLEAR SPRING - A Clear Spring woman who was up late discovered smoke in her apartment, leading to the safe evacuation of three families from an apartment building fire Thursday morning, a deputy state fire marshal said.

Three families lived in the former Georgies Pizza building at 137 Cumberland St., where the fire was reported at 3:19 a.m., fire officials said.

The fire was caused by malfunctioning electrical wiring in a third-floor attic crawl space in the rear of the three-story brick building across the street from Town Hall, Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray said.

The fire was beginning to burn through to the second floor when firefighters arrived, Mowbray said.

One apartment was uninhabitable and the other two had light smoke and water damage, Mowbray said. The tenants in those two apartments were expected to be displaced for perhaps a day, he said.

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The fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damage, he said.

Firefighters had the fire under control within 20 minutes and left the scene at around 6 a.m., Mowbray said. Thirty-five firefighters from Clear Spring, Hancock, Halfway, Maugansville, Fairplay and the Washington County Air Unit and Washington County Rehab Unit responded, Mowbray said.

A woman in an upstairs apartment smelled smoke and turned on the lights to see light smoke in her apartment, Mowbray said.

The woman's boyfriend investigated and found more smoke in the ceiling so the couple alerted neighbors in the building to get out, Mowbray said.

The building's smoke alarms activated after the neighbors were alerted to the fire, he said. A sprinkler system was being installed in the building, but the installation was not complete so the system was not active, he said.

Dump truck crash blocks traffic in Pa.


FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A 29-year-old Waynesboro man lost control of the Mack dump truck he was driving on Mont Alto Road at Bikle Road early Wednesday and crashed into a utility pole, blocking traffic for several hours, police said.

Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release that Ryan Layman's truck hit an embankment, struck a pole and then flipped onto its roof in the Guilford Township area.

Police said the utility pole and the truck blocked the road for several hours.

Police looking for missing area man


The Washington County Sheriff's Department was asking for the public's help in finding Emanuel Munoz Morales, 22, of Williamsport, who has been missing since March 23.

Deputies said that Morales, of 303 Baker Hill Road, was last seen by his girlfriend on March 23. Police said they've received information that Morales may be in Mexico.

The man is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 135 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on Morales call them at 301-791-3020.

Man who fell from roof in serious condition


A 37-year-old man who fell from the roof of a construction site on March 24 remained at a Baltimore trauma center Thursday more than a week after the accident.

A University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center spokeswoman said Javier Hernandez was listed in serious condition there Thursday evening.

Police said the man, whose last known address was in Columbus, Ind., was working at the site along Wesel Boulevard where the Lowe's Flatbed Distribution Center is under construction. The man was inside a warehouse that is under construction when he fell about 30 feet.

Md. man charged with drug possession


FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick, Md., man was charged with drug offenses Tuesday evening, the Frederick Police Department said.

Ames Floyd Weedon, III, 25, of 185 W. All Saints St., Apt. 1, was charged with possession of, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine and possession of marijuana, police said.

Police allege members of the department's Drug Enforcement Unit purchased drugs from the man in the 400 block of West South Street.

Woman crashes car on Sharpsburg Pike


A Maryland State Police trooper said a one-vehicle crash on Sharpsburg Pike south of Hagerstown Tuesday afternoon was caused by the driver's pre-existing medical condition.

Trooper Scott Bare said Brenda Toe, 59, of Glen Road in Shepherdstown, W.Va., crashed her 1996 Nissan Maxima at about 3 p.m. after she lost consciousness. Bare said the Maxima left the northbound lanes and struck a grove of trees.

Bare, who declined to release the nature of Toe's injuries or existing medical condition, said she was taken to Washington County Hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman said she was not listed as a patient at the hospital Thursday evening.

Reward offered in inmate's capture


Washington County Crime Solvers is offering a reward for information leading to the capture of an inmate who escaped from a work release site last year.

Crime Solvers is trying to located Phillip Scott Barnette, 21, who has been missing since Nov. 7, 2003.

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