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April 02, 2005

Va. teen charged following crash


A Virginia teen who first crashed and then attempted to drive off in an emergency vehicle was taken into police custody Friday, according to a release from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police said they were called about 12:10 p.m. to an accident on Leitersburg Pike north of Hagerstown, near the intersection with Orchid Drive.

The teen, who is from Reston, Va., had driven off Leitersburg Pike, struck several trees and the vehicle he was driving had overturned, police said.

When rescue workers arrived, the teen jumped into a Chevrolet Suburban belonging to the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department and attempted to drive away before emergency workers pulled him out.

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The boy ran, but was caught and then taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment.

Police, who did not release the boy's name because he is a juvenile, said he also was charged with negligent driving, driving on a learner's permit without supervision, leaving the scene of an accident, attempted theft of a motor vehicle and attempted felony theft.

Smoldering fire injures two at plant


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Firefighters were called to a fire at a factory Friday evening and two people were taken for treatment, officials said.

Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Co. Deputy Chief Paul Reed said a smoldering fire was found in a machine that produced commercial-grade mulch at Applegate Manufacturing, 1050 Superior Ave.

Emergency dispatch officials said the emergency call first was placed at 6:49 p.m. and the incident was closed at 8:55 p.m. Officials declined to say who was injured or where they were taken for treatment.

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