Police briefs

December 19, 2008

Police investigate domestic incident

The Hagerstown Police Department was investigating a domestic incident Thursday in which someone made a call stating that a stabbing was going to occur later in the evening at an address on Mechanic Street, Sgt. Tom Langston said.

About 4:15 p.m., police received another report, this one stating that a woman had been stabbed at 438 Mechanic St., Langston said.

No stabbing occurred and no one was injured, he said.

- Heather Keels

Fire department responds to two blazes

The Hagerstown City Fire Marshal's Office is investigating two fires that occurred Wednesday night on Potomac Street, according to a Hagerstown Fire Department press release.

Shortly after 11 p.m., the fire department was sent to 13-15 S. Potomac St. for a fire in an alcove at the back of a building, the release said.


The fire was put out before it extended inside, the release said.

While fire crews were there, authorities received a 911 call for a fire alarm at 43 S. Potomac St. and 50 Rochester Place, the release said.

The alarm was a result of the building's "standpipe fire hose station" being opened, resulting in the release of water, the release said.

Anyone with information about the incidents may contact the Fire Marshal's office at 301-790-2476.

Man who allegedly stole truck faces charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who allegedly stole a truck from a bar south of Martinsburg early Thursday later wrecked it into a utility pole along Tuscarora Pike, then broke into an outbuilding owned by a church, police said in a complaint filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

James Michael Game, 40, of Edgewood, Md., was in Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night on felony counts of grand larceny and breaking and entering, according to jail and court records.

A $30,000 bond was set for Game by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to records.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy T.S. Shetley said in a complaint against Game that a green Chevrolet truck was reported stolen at 2:35 a.m. from Legends Bar & Grill at 1517 Winchester Ave.

About 90 minutes later, the same vehicle was found crashed into a utility pole in the 9000 block of Tuscarora Pike west of Martinsburg, Shetley said.

Game later was found on a stack of chairs stored inside an outbuilding behind a church near the accident scene with the assistance of the sheriff's department's K-9, Shetley said.

Game appeared intoxicated, and Shetley said Game admitted that he had been drinking at the bar, but denied stealing the truck, according to court records.

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