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Police, fire briefs

February 06, 2009

Fire in Blue Ridge Summit starts while son is cleaning wood stove



BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Firefighters contained a Thursday morning fire to the back of a two-story house at 12890 Old Pen Mar Road.

The homeowner's son was cleaning out a wood stove with a wet/dry vacuum, which started to spew fire when he stepped away, a Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue Squad spokesman said.

Firefighters were called at 9:53 a.m. and knocked down the fire in an hour.

Martinsburg woman pleads in child neglect case



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman charged with a felony count of child neglect after her 23-month-old boy was found shivering and poorly dressed outside in sub-freezing weather conditions in December entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of contributing to the neglect of a child on Thursday.

Wanda M. Murphy, 41, of 320 Twigg Drive, was placed on unsupervised probation for two years, Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Saunders said. A 90-day jail sentence was suspended and Murphy was ordered to pay court costs, Saunders said.

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The child was found wearing a thin, long-sleeve shirt, wind breaker pants and tennis shoes outside a home in the 300 block of Yoakum Street.

The temperature was about 20 degrees and police noted that rain and sleet were falling steadily in a 10 mph wind.

The child, who turned 2 in December, and three more of the woman's children were placed in the custody of the Child Protective Services division of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, police had said.

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