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Police briefs

November 11, 2006

Five fire companies fight basement fire

About 30 firefighters responded Friday morning to a house fire on Rohrersville School Road, a Washington County 911 dispatcher said.

Five fire companies were dispatched at 7:11 a.m. to the fire at 20225 Rohrersville School Road, the dispatcher said.

The fire, which was contained to a basement bedroom, was knocked down by 7:49 a.m., said Jeremy Dorsey, assistant chief of the Boonsboro Fire Co.'s Rohrersville substation.

"The homeowner did a good job by keeping the door shut until firefighters arrived," Dorsey said.

That kept the fire, which was sparked by an electrical appliance malfunction, contained to the basement bedroom, Dorsey said.

Only light smoke damage was found upstairs, Dorsey said.

Man faces drug counts after W.Va. traffic stop

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was charged Friday morning after a police officer found cocaine, marijuana and more than $1,000 in cash in a car stopped after it allegedly ran a stop sign, according to a police department press release.

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Clifton Curtis Slaughter, 18, of 622 Winchester Ave., was charged with possession with the intent to deliver crack cocaine and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, according to the release.

Officer D.L. English stopped Slaughter, who was driving a 1999 Hyundai Accent in the 700 block of West Martin Street, according to the release. Police allege Slaughter, who was "leaving a known drug area," didn't stop at a stop sign at Elijah and West Martin streets.

Police said they found 6.2 grams of crack cocaine, 2.3 grams of marijuana and $1,047 during the stop.

Slaughter was being held without bond Friday morning at Eastern Regional Jail, a jail spokeswoman said.

Sheriff's Department responds to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls since Thursday, Lt. Mark Knight said.

Thursday

· At noon, an attempted breaking and entering was reported in the 11300 block of Day Break Court. The door was reported damaged.

· At 2 p.m., a shed was reported broken into and a metal detector stolen in the 11300 block of Lakeside Drive.

· At 6:30 p.m., a rock was reported thrown at a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix at Popeye's on Massey Boulevard. The windshield was reported cracked.

· At 11 p.m., a headlight was reported broken on a Nissan Altima parked in the 2000 block of Windsong Drive.

Friday

· At 7 a.m., a paintball gun, a DVD player and five DVDs were reported stolen from a 2004 Ford Explorer parked in the 10800 block of Roessner Avenue.

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