Police log for 6-15

June 15, 2004

Crews douse fire in Funkstown home

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. quickly doused a small trailer fire Monday that an official said would not have been caught by a smoke detector.

The fire was detected by the resident's son, who lives in a nearby trailer, before it spread.

Funkstown Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Kotanko said firefighters were called out for a fire at 20 W. Poplar St., Lot 2, Antietam Village, at 3:28 p.m.

Kotanko said firefighters extinguished the fire before major damages or injuries occurred.

Kotanko said the residence was equipped with a working smoke detector, but all of the smoke was escaping to the outside of the residence. He said the smoke detector might not have activated until portions of the inside were engulfed in flames.

Mary Caniford said she smelled something burning at her residence earlier, but thought it was because of a problem with her iron. She was later informed by her son, David Martinez, also an Antietam Village resident, of the fire beneath her trailer.


"It's a good thing he came over or I might have went up in flames," Caniford said.

Bill Snodderly, of the Washington County Air Unit said the fire was called in "just in time."

"That could have been really bad," he said.

- Brian Shappell

Men show handgun in robbery attempt

A Hagerstown man was approached Sunday night on the front porch of his Fairground Avenue home by two men who demanded money and displayed a weapon, according to a release from Hagerstown Police.

The 40-year-old man reported that a Hispanic man wearing a white T-shirt and a black man wearing a light-colored shirt approached him at about 10:30 p.m. as he sat on his front porch, demanded money and displayed a handgun. After a struggle with the man, they fled on foot.

Nothing was taken and there were no injuries in the incident.

Area vehicles broken into and vandalized

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following crime reports this weekend, Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Knight said:

n Reported Saturday, a window was broken out of a Honda Accord parked in the 13500 block of Paradise Drive north of Hagerstown.

-- Reported Sunday, a Pontiac Grand Am and an Isuzu Trooper parked on the 15600 block of Overview Circle, west of Huyetts Crossroads, were broken into. A Nokia cell phone valued at $150 and an $800 pair of glasses were stolen from the vehicles.

-- Reported Sunday, $382 in cash was taken from a Ford Focus parked on the 21900 block of Jefferson Boulevard.

-- Reported Sunday, a home in the first block of East Frederick Street, Williamsport, was broken into. The residents discovered that $250 in cash was missing.

-- Reported Sunday, a Buick Century was broken into and $160 in cash was missing.

-- Reported Sunday, a window of a 1978 Ford pickup truck parked at Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11507 Robinwood Drive, was smashed.

Three reported on Pangborn property

Authorities were trying to locate three people in connection with a burglary or attempted burglary Sunday at the Pangborn Corp, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. David Long said Monday.

Long said the three, who were believed to be juveniles, were reported on the Pangborn Corp. property at 580 Pangborn Blvd. on Sunday at about 9:19 p.m.

Long said two of them were seen climbing up the fire escape onto the roof.

Long said a Maryland State Police's helicopter was called in because it was in the area to transport someone to Washington County Hospital and because the roof of the building is "like a maze."

No one had been taken into custody and nothing was reported missing in connection with the incident Monday.

"At this point, we still don't know if anyone gained access into the building," Long said.

The Pangborn Corp. shut down its Hagerstown manufacturing plant in October 2000.

Long said the building is still used for storage and office space. He said vandalism has been an ongoing problem there since the plant closed.

"Kids get in there and destroy stuff, basically," he said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 301-790-3700.

- Brian Shappell

City police respond to assault, damage calls

The following incidents were reported to the Hagerstown Police Department over the weekend, police say:


-- About 6:46 a.m., a domestic violence incident was reported on East Franklin Street.

-- About 10:37 a.m., a vehicle parked in the 100 block of East Baltimore Street was reportedly spray-painted.

-- About 9:40 a.m., a second-degree assault was reported at Broadfording Road and Woodpoint Avenue.

-- At about 6:38 a.m., 159 W. Washington St., was reportedly damaged and burglarized.


-- Domestic violence incidents were reported on Kenly Avenue, North Mulberry Street, Belview Avenue, Mulberry Avenue, Sumans Avenue, North Potomac Street and Maryland Avenue.

-- At about 10:53 a.m., a shoplifting incident was reported at the Subsational Deli, 640 George St.

-- At about 7:21 a.m., a blue Chevrolet Metro, reported stolen at the Sheetz store on Dual Highway, was recovered.

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