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Police briefs

February 01, 2005

Hagerstown police respond to calls


The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls during the weekend, Sgt. Paul Kifer said:

Friday:

· Alleged domestic violence incidents were reported in the 800 block of Oak Hill Avenue and the 200 block of North Potomac Street.

· Damage to a motor vehicle in the 700 block of Virginia Avenue was reported at 3:46 p.m.

Saturday:

· Reported at 1:14 a.m., alleged domestic violence in the first block of West Church Street.

· Reported at 2:05 a.m., a coat, wallet and cash were taken from the Broad Axe, 28 W. Franklin St.

· Reported at 6:41 p.m., phone cards were stolen from the 7-Eleven store at 802 Salem Ave.

· Reported at 6:43 p.m., an assault in the 100 block of Broadway.

Sunday:

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· At 1:08 a.m., Bobby Jo Carter, 21, was charged with driving under the influence in the 400 block of Salem Avenue.

· Reported at 1:51 a.m., a robbery and assault in an alley off North Mulberry Street.

· Reported at 7:25 p.m., alleged domestic violence in the 1100 block of West Washington Street.

· Reported at 7:53 p.m., a bike was stolen in the first block of East Franklin Street.

Two 7-Eleven stores robbed at gunpoint


FREDERICK, Md. - Authorities were investigating two armed robberies at Frederick 7-Eleven stores, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Police said the store at 204 Amber Drive was robbed at gunpoint Sunday at about 10 p.m. Police said the robber showed a silver, semi-automatic handgun.

Police said that robbery might be related to a Saturday armed robbery at a 7-Eleven at 1501 W. Patrick St. That robbery was reported at about 12:55 a.m.

Police described the robber as a white man, in his mid 30s, with dark hair and facial hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on the incidents call Detective Thomas Tokarz at 301-624-1240.

Man charged in Frederick stabbing


FREDERICK, Md. - An Emmitsburg, Md., man was arrested Friday in connection with a stabbing at a Frederick apartment complex, the Frederick Police Department said.

Vincent Uriah Cronin Gray, 25, of 16530 Eylers Valley Road, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and concealing a deadly weapon, according to police.

Police said the stabbing was reported Friday, at about 9:43 p.m., near the Prospect Boulevard Apartments on Prospect Boulevard. Police said officers found a man on the ground who had been stabbed in the back with an unknown weapon.

The victim was treated at Washington County Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Mobile home in W.Va. is destroyed by fire


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Fire officials said they believe a furnace malfunction caused a fire Monday afternoon that destroyed a mobile home along John Rissler Road in Jefferson County.

The mobile home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and they were unable to save the home, said Lt. Ben Money of the Citizens Fire Co.

Fire officials believe either an electrical arc or a short in a furnace started the fire, Money said.

The occupant of the home, Victor Dillow, was not home when the fire started, Money said.

Another person lived in the home, Money said.

Two firefighters were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for injuries, Monday said. One firefighter was treated at the hospital for debris in an eye and released. Another firefighter was being treated at the hospital Monday night for injuries suffered from a fall, fire officials said.

The names of the firefighters were not released.

John Rissler Road turns off W.Va. 9 at the entrance to the Bloomery Bridge, which crosses the Shenandoah River east of Charles Town.

Firefighters return to McDonald's


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Firefighters were called to a McDonald's restaurant on East Washington Street for the second day in a row Monday when smoke filled the inside of the restaurant, a fire official said.

Firefighters initially responded to the restaurant Sunday when a light haze formed inside the building following a heater malfunction, fire officials said.

On Sunday, fire officials recommended that restaurant officials leave two of three heating units off until they could be checked by maintenance crews, said Lt. Dan Fritsch of the Citizens Fire Co.

Monday afternoon, heavy smoke began pouring into the inside of the restaurant, forcing customers to leave the building, said Steve Anderson, chief of Citizens Fire Co.

Maintenance crews from McDonald's had repaired a heat pump at the restaurant, but a piece of insulation that was placed around the heat pump later fell into a fan, Anderson said.

The fan blew the insulation into a heating element, which caused it to catch fire, Anderson said.

Anderson said he was not sure how long the restaurant was evacuated.

Firefighters were called to the restaurant at about 1:50 p.m.

Items stolen over weekend


Stolen plywood, pictures, jewelry and tools were among the crimes reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department since Friday morning, Sgt. Mark Knight said.

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