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Police, fire briefs

March 06, 2009

Keedysville house fire caused by furnace malfunction



KEEDYSVILLE -- A fire that spread through a second floor and roof of a house at 19402 Porterstown Road Wednesday night was caused by a furnace malfunction, according to a preliminary analysis.

The fire caused $7,000 damage to the house and $5,000 damage to its contents, according to a news release from the state Fire Marshal's office.

About 50 firefighters responded to the 8:20 p.m. fire and much of the blaze was brought under control shortly after 9 p.m., the dispatcher said.

The owner/occupant of the house was listed as Donald Chaney, the release said.

Tractor-trailer overturns, spills airplane parts



A tractor-trailer carrying airplane parts overturned as the truck driver was turning onto Showalter Road from Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday afternoon, a Maryland State Police dispatcher said.

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Airplane parts were scattered around at the scene after the 3:35 accident, the dispatcher said.

The driver of the truck was not hurt, the dispatcher said.

Three charged with tearing up fields in Pa.



MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- Several acres of crops were damaged at a Franklin County, Pa., farm on Feb. 27 when three trucks were driven onto the property and the drivers of the trucks spun their tires, said Pennsylvania State Police.

A representative for Lady Moon Farms, where the vandalism occurred, told police they have been having problems with trespassing. The farm is at 1045 Church Hill Road in Peters Township.

Joshua J. Hayes, 18, David C. West, 18, and a 17-year-old youth, all from Mercersburg, were charged with agricultural vandalism, state police said in a news release.

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