Police briefs - afternoon

February 07, 2005

Crews battle fire near Clear Spring

Firefighters this morning were still at the site of a house fire that erupted late Sunday on Hicksville Road near Clear Spring, emergency personnel said.

The fire at 15002 Hicksville Road was called in to emergency operators at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, and several rescue agencies from Washington and Franklin counties were called to the fire. Firefighters were still working at 8:30 a.m.

According to dispatch information, the house might be a converted barn. No injuries had been reported by this morning.

Two are hurt in Hagerstown fire

Two people were treated for injuries caused by a fire late Sunday morning in Hagerstown, a Hagerstown Fire Department Official said.

Battalion Chief Richard Hopkins said a fire, caused by burning food on a stove, was reported at 53 Broadway, at about 11:40 a.m. Hopkins said one man, whom he would not identify, inside the residence sustained "significant burns" but no life-threatening injuries.


Hopkins said the man was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment.

Hopkins said a second person inside the residence, who also was not identified Sunday, was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Hopkins said the fire was put out quickly with a dry chemical extinguisher.

He released no further details about the incident.

Officials: Electrical problem caused fire

SMITHSBURG - Investigators believe an electrical malfunction was the cause of an attic fire Sunday morning at 22104 Pikeside Drive, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

Fire marshals said the fire, reported at 10:05 a.m., caused $5,000 in damage. Fire marshals said the fire, which took firefighters from Smithsburg and Leitersburg about 10 minutes to control, started when electrical wiring ignited combustible materials in the attic of the one-story home.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Accident victim's condition improves

HERSHEY, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., girl hospitalized Friday with injuries she received in an accident in which her brother was killed is improving, according to a spokeswoman at Hershey Medical Center.

Lauren Gilbert, 15, of 37 Surrey Drive, was in good condition Sunday evening, the spokeswoman said. She was in serious condition when she was admitted Friday.

Gilbert was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her mother, Kathy Gilbert, when the vehicle collided with another vehicle Friday morning on Edenville Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Nathan James Gilbert, 13, died at Chambersburg Hospital, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Kathy Gilbert, 46, was treated at Hershey Medical Center and released on Friday, the hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the other vehicle, Kay M. McBeth, 44, of Chambersburg, was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released, police said.

Truck crashes into house; driver hurt

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The driver of a pickup truck was treated for minor injuries following an accident Saturday night at the intersection of New Franklin and College roads, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said Wayne Walls Jr., 47, address unavailable, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet truck east on New Franklin Road at 10:49 p.m. when it ran off the road and hit a large rock. The truck then hit a tree and struck the house of Tony A. Miley of 3371 College Road, police said.

Women's rings stolen from Pa. business

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of approximately 120 women's rings Saturday from Collector's Dream, 6150 Lincoln Way East.

Police said the rings of various styles were stolen between 3 and 4 p.m. from a display case. Police said they are looking for information about a man who had been examining merchandise in the store at about the time the theft occurred.

The man is described as black, in his late 40s or early 50s and about 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall. The man was wearing dark clothing, used a cane and drove a dark-colored Volvo with a Washington, D.C., license plate, police said.

Handgun, cash stolen from parked car

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of a firearm Thursday from a car parked at Wal-Mart.

Police said the Kal-Tec P11 9 mm semiautomatic handgun was stolen from the Honda Civic of Michael Jemison of Greencastle, Pa., while it was parked outside the store between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

Police said $40 in cash also was stolen.

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