Police briefs

November 17, 2004

W.Va. man accused of deserting Army

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville man was taken into custody on a fugitive warrant Tuesday on allegations that he deserted the U.S. Army, records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court state.

Gary Wayne Gribble, 22, who listed his address as a post office box in Hedgesville, was being held without bail in Eastern Regional Jail.

A deserter warrant prepared by an Army official alleged that Gribble deserted on June 12 - seven months after enlisting in November 2003. He was at Fort Benning, Ga., at the time, and was listed as a private with E Co., 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry, records state.

Man charged with fleeing, eluding

A Hagerstown man was charged with fleeing and eluding, among other charges, after he led police on a chase through the south end of Hagerstown Monday afternoon, Hagerstown Police Department officers said.


William Lockett Fox, 41, whose last known address was 1029 W. Washington St., Apt. 8, in Hagerstown, was charged with fleeing and eluding, driving under the influence, reckless driving, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, first- and second-degree assault, theft and possession of marijuana, police said in a written release.

Police said Fox was found sitting in a 1992 Dodge truck at the rear of the former Ames Shopping Center on Dual Highway at about 3 p.m. When Officer Ellen Gilbert approached him and tried to reach into the truck to restrain him, he tried to drive away, police alleged.

After shaking Gilbert off him, Fox drove east on Dual Highway, leading police on a chase through several streets in the south end of Hagerstown, police alleged.

Fox pulled his vehicle into a field on Burhans Boulevard near Wesel Boulevard and attempted to hide from officers, police alleged.

He then was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Woman jumps to safety during fire

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman jumped from the second floor of her house Monday morning to escape a fire, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Julia Blum was asleep in a second-floor bedroom when she was awakened at 12:47 a.m. by smoke coming from the first floor, according to the report by state police Fire Marshal Stanford Sydnor. She was unable to go downstairs because of the fire and jumped from the second floor but was unhurt by the fall, according to Sydnor's report.

Sydnor said Blum tried to get back into the house to save her pets. One cat died in the fire, but two cats and a dog survived.

There were no smoke detectors in the house, according to Sydnor. He estimated damage to the house at $50,000.

The report did not indicate the cause of the fire. Sydnor could not be reached Tuesday.

Pa. home damaged by Tuesday blaze

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. - Fire heavily damaged a Metal Township home Tuesday morning, according to a Metal Township Fire and Ambulance Co. report.

The fire at 9782 Path Valley Road was called in at 8:37 a.m. and it took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring it under control, according to the report. The four family members in the house at the time escaped unharmed, the report stated.

The name of the family was not available. The Red Cross was called to assist the family, the report stated.

The cause of the fire was undetermined and being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal. Damage to the two-story frame house was estimated at approximately $60,000, according to the report.

Firefighters from the Fannett-Metal, Pleasant Hall, St. Thomas, Mercersburg and West End fire companies in Franklin County responded to the fire, along with the Vigilant Hose, Newburg-Hopewell and Friendship fire companies in Cumberland County, Pa., and the McConnellsburg and Hustontown fire companies in Fulton County, Pa., according to the report.

Firefighters were at the scene for about six hours, according to the report.

Several daylight burglaries reported

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said several daylight residential burglaries occurred Monday.

At 11:30 a.m., a woman arrived at her home in the 7000 block of Talhelm Road in Antrim Township to discover someone inside, police said. The woman went outside and immediately called police, and the burglar fled through the back door, police said.

A gun cabinet inside had been broken into and a Makarov 9 mm pistol was stolen, police said. Personal checks also were taken, police said.

Several other items had been collected by the burglar but were left behind, according to police. The police report contained no description of the person.

Police said a .22-caliber rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 7 mm rifle and a muzzleloader were stolen from a house on the 900 block of Brookens Road in Fayetteville, Pa. The house was broken into through a side door between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., police said.

The side door of a house on the 5000 block of Church Lane in Guilford Township was forced open between 9:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., police said. Drawers in the home were opened, but nothing was reported missing, according to police.

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