Police Briefs

March 04, 2006

Frederick man hurt fleeing fire

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was injured trying to escape from his burning home Thursday night.

The home at 8106 Broadview Drive in Frederick caught fire about 8:30 p.m. due to an accidental electrical malfunction in the basement, the Maryland State Fire Marshal said.

The fire caused $200,000 in structural damage and $75,000 to the contents.

Homeowner Edward Hallock suffered cuts to both of his forearms trying to escape, the fire marshal said. He was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital.

About 50 firefighters worked for two hours to control the fire, the fire marshal said. Firefighters from Frederick, Walkersville, Woodsboro and Lewistown were at the scene.


Hagerstown man faces drug charges

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force charged a Hagerstown man with several drug offenses Friday.

Walter Eric Mitchell, 25, of 24 Broadway in Hagerstown, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Police used a warrant to search in the 900 block of Dual Highway, where Mitchell was, Friday. Officers who searched the room said they found crack cocaine, marijuana, digital scales, several cell phones and drug paraphernalia.

Stolen truck carrying TVs tracked to Pa.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A global positioning satellite system led Pennsylvania State Police to a stolen tractor-trailer loaded with plasma televisions Thursday, but not the thief. Police said the truck was found at a truck stop on John Wayne Drive in Antrim Township at 9:15 p.m., but whomever drove it there was not found. Police said the truck, owned by DTS Trucking, had been reported stolen in Shenandoah County, Va., and the company informed police that it had been driven into Pennsylvania.

Electronics, firearms taken in burglary

WILLOW HILL, Pa. - Home electronics and firearms were among the items stolen in a burglary Wednesday in Metal Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Police said a home in the 19000 block of Stoney Hill Road was broken into between 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. A Pioneer DVD player and home theater receiver were taken, along with a Sony digital camcorder and a Canon Sure Shot 35mm camera, police said. A Smith & Wesson Featherlight .38-caliber revolver, Remington Mohawk shotgun and a .410-gauge shotgun were also missing, police said.

Boys accused of damaging windows

SMITHSBURG - Three 11-year-old boys were charged with juvenile delinquency Friday in Smithsburg.

The boys were accused of damaging windows at Dixie Eatery in Smithsburg on Sunday, Smithsburg Police said. BB pellets shot through several windows caused $2,000 in damage to the business.

The boys, two from Smithsburg and one from Hagerstown, were released to their parents' custody pending action by juvenile authorities, police said.

Hagerstown police respond to calls

Hagerstown Police responded to the following calls, according to Sgt. Paul Kifer:


· Commonwealth Avenue, theft of medication.

· South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., second-degree assault.


· 1000 block of Brinker Drive, verbal argument.


· South Hagerstown High School, at 1101 S. Potomac St., threat to do bodily harm on school property.

· 200 block of North Cleveland Avenue, damage to property.

· 200 block of Railway Lane, stolen/recovered motor vehicle.

· 100 block of West Church Street, theft of a dog.


· South Hagerstown High School, at 1101 South Potomac St., threat to do bodily harm on school property and second-degree assault.

· 600 block of Dual Highway, counterfeit check/theft.

· 1000 block of Haven Road, damage to a motor vehicle.

· 1000 block of Bramly Drive, theft of household items.

· 400 block of Highland Way, theft of tools from a motor vehicle.


· 700 block of Frederick Street, drug violation.

· Unit block of West Antietam Street, injured person.

· 400 block of Sumans Avenue, second-degree assault.

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