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Police briefs

May 24, 2006

Fire causes traffic delays in Hagerstown



A fire Tuesday afternoon on East Franklin Street in Hagerstown closed part of East Franklin Street, tying up traffic downtown for about an hour.

Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Hopkins said food on a stove at 44 1/2 E. Franklin St. caught fire about 4 p.m. The fire was contained to the stove, but there was heavy smoke.

Franklin Street was closed at Locust Street, and reopened about 5 p.m.

"It was difficult even for us to get here in the heavy traffic," Hopkins said.

There were no injuries, and he said it appeared that the residents were not home at the time of the fire.




Local men charged in Frederick County



FREDERICK, Md. - Two Hagerstown men were charged with theft and other offenses Monday afternoon for allegedly stealing items from Wal-Mart in Frederick.

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Donald J. Dagenhart, 20, was charged with theft over $500 and second-degree assault, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said. Shaun D. Smith, 27, was charged with theft over $500, obstructing and hindering, and fleeing and eluding, police said.

The men allegedly fled Wal-Mart on Guilford Drive with stolen merchandise, including DVDs, electric shavers and Crest whitening kits - totaling about $1,200, police said. Witnesses saw the men get into a Toyota passenger vehicle, where a store employee confronted them.

Police said the men immediately got out of the vehicle and fled, and the driver of the vehicle tried to run over the store employee with the car.

A store employee apprehended Dagenhart and held him until police arrived, and Dagenhart assaulted the employee while trying to escape, police said.

Smith was seen walking on Industry Lane and ordered to stop. Police said Smith fled but was captured a short time later on Interstate 270 at New Design Road.

The driver of the Toyota was not apprehended, police said.




Pet owner charged with neglect



FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick pet owner was charged with neglect earlier this month for allegedly keeping 10 pit bulls caged with no food or water, according to Frederick County Animal Control.

An officer responded to an animal neglect complaint in the 1200 block of Palladian Way on May 3. The resident there allowed the officer to check the welfare of the dogs, which were kenneled in the home's basement.

The animal control officer allegedly found 10 pit bulls in kennels and crates in the basement. The dogs had no food or water, and the crates and kennels had feces inside, Animal Control said. The dogs did not have enough space, according to a written release.

The owner of the eight female dogs and two male dogs relinquished the animals.

The animal control officer requested 10 charges of animal neglect for failing "to provide the animals with nutritious food, insufficient quantity, necessary veterinary care, proper drink, air and space."




TV, iPod, cash stolen from area home



WILLIAMSPORT - Several items, including electronics, were taken from a home in the 15000 block of Falling Waters Road near Williamsport, Maryland State Police said.

The items were stolen Monday between 8:45 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. Police said several rings, an RCA flat-screen television, an Apple iPod and a large amount of change were taken.

Anyone who saw a suspicious person or vehicle near the home south of Spielman Road at that time, or saw someone using a coin exchange machine with a large amount of change, may call police at 301-739-2101.




Copper piping stolen from Pa. orchard



QUINCY, Pa. - Someone broke into four buildings in the 7000 block of Mentzer Gap Road in Quincy sometime between May 10 and Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The buildings were at Knouse Orchard, police said. All of the copper piping that connected the water and gas lines was stolen from the buildings, which belong to Knouse Fruitlands Inc.




Pa. woman faces escape charge



QUINCY, Pa. - A woman on probation and house arrest in Franklin County, Pa., was charged with escape for allegedly removing an electronic monitoring bracelet May 13, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Stacey Jo Patterson, 31, of Quincy, allegedly removed the bracelet from her ankle, police said.




Hagerstown Police respond to calls



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

Tuesday:

  • 400 block of North Potomac Street, second-degree assault arrest.

  • 200 block of Roland Street, police information.


Monday:

  • 1000 block of Edgewood Hill Drive, theft from/damage to vehicle.

  • 300 block of Avon Road, damage to vehicle.

  • 300 block of South Potomac Street, two missing/returned juveniles.

  • 100 block of Summit Avenue, damage to vehicle.

  • Unit block of North Eastern Boulevard, theft of credit card.

  • 600 block of North Prospect Street, damage to property.
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