Police briefs

August 15, 2005

Local customers lose power Sunday morning

Almost 500 Allegheny Power customers in Washington County were without power for more than three hours Sunday morning.

According to Steve Gale, Allegheny Power director of corporate communications, 496 customers in the area of Lakeside Drive, Hillsdale Court, Shadybrook Terrace and Bentwood Drive at Lakeside Park Mobile Home Park near Valley Mall lost power about 7 a.m. Sunday due to a substation problem.

Power was restored about 10:40 a.m., Gale said.

Fire damages home in Berkeley County

BEDINGTON, W.Va. - Fire heavily damaged a two-story house in the Red Hawk subdivision Saturday night, a fire official said.

The fire, which was reported about 6:23 p.m., started in a garage in a house on Talon Drive, said Greg Currence, assistant fire chief of the Hedgesville (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Co. The area is off Koonstown Road in the Bedington area of Berkeley County.


It is not clear what started the fire and the state Fire Marshal's office is trying to determine the cause, Currence said.

Three faces charges after weekend sting

FREDERICK, Md. - Three Maryland men were charged after a Frederick Police Department prostitution sting operation Saturday.

The police department's drug enforcement and directed patrol units used a female officer to pose as a prostitute in the area of the 500 to 700 blocks of North Market Street in Frederick over the course of several hours Saturday.

Martin Douglas Simms, 42, of Frederick, was charged with solicitation for prostitution, police said. Stewart Charles Sheridan, 44, of Union Bridge, Md., was charged with solicitation for prostitution, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Lester Andrew Mathiews, Jr., 39, of Frederick, was charged with solicitation for prostitution, possession of marijuana and indecent exposure, police said.

Smithsburg man hurt in motorcycle crash

A Smithsburg man was injured Saturday when his motorcycle went off Garfield Road in northwest Frederick County, Md., Maryland State Police said.

Grant H. Ebersole Jr., whose 55th birthday is Friday, was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital Sunday night.

Police said Ebersole was riding a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softtail near Pleasant Valley Road, which runs from Washington County into Frederick County.

The motorcycle went off the road at about 9:30 p.m., police said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter took him to the hospital.

Police said the cause of the crash was being investigated.

Hotel, store robbed in Franklin County

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating robberies Saturday at a hotel in Chambersburg and a convenience store near Greencastle, Pa.

At about 3 a.m., a man entered Fairfield Inn, 1122 Wayne Ave., and demanded cash, police said. The man fled with an unknown amount of money, police said.

Police described the man as black and about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a stocky build. He was wearing shorts, a black T-shirt and a black baseball cap with a bandanna over his face, police said.

The second holdup occurred at Laura's Country Convenience, 11368 Williamsport Pike, at about 3:15 p.m., police said. A man entered the store and forced the female cashier to turn over an undisclosed amount of money.

Police said the man did not show a weapon and fled in a small black sport utility vehicle, possibly a Ford Escape. The man was described as black, about 6 feet tall and heavyset and wearing black clothing.

The reports did not indicate whether the crimes might be connected.

Anyone with information about either robbery may call police at 717-264-5161.

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