Police briefs

March 27, 2009

Fire leaves Pa. couple homeless

ROXBURY, Pa. -- A Roxbury couple will be homeless this weekend after a fire Friday damaged most of their home, officials said.

Ted Reed, deputy chief of the Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Co., said Dorcas and Roy Myers of 11025 Roxbury Road noticed smoke coming from their two-story home Friday about 4:30 p.m.

Dorcas Myers told rescuers she put a pan of grease on her electric stove, turned the stove on and forgot about it, Reed said. The couple then went next door to a neighbor's home, he said.

Officials said the hot grease likely caused the fire, which rapidly spread from the stove to the cabinets and ceiling of the home.


No one was injured in the fire, Reed said.

The fire caused about $15,000 in damage, destroying most of the kitchen, parts of the living room and some of the second-floor hallway, Reed said.

Firefighters from Pleasant Hall, Newburg, Pa., Shippensburg, Pa., Chambersburg, Pa., and Air Unit 10 extinguished the blaze within 10 minutes. Firefighters did not clear the scene until 6:23 p.m., Reed said.

Extensive mop-up and overhaul work needed to be done to ensure nothing would rekindle the blaze, Reed said.

The couple received assistance from neighbors and area religious officials, he said.

-- Kate S. Alexander

Fire destroys Greencastle garage

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Faulty wiring might be to blame for a Friday afternoon fire that destroyed a garage in Greencastle, rescuers said.

Dave Hann, assistant fire chief of the Greencastle Rescue Hose Co., said the fire broke out about 4:30 p.m. in a garage at 12675 Ridge Road near the Manitowoc Crane Group.

Rescuers from Waynesboro and Marion in Franklin County, Pa., and Long Meadow and Maugansville in Washington County assisted the Rescue Hose Co. in extinguishing the fire.

No one was injured in the blaze, which consumed the garage and all of its contents, Hann said.

The cause of the fire was accidental, and it likely was started by an electrical malfunction, Hann said.

The amount of damage was not available, Hann said. A vehicle also was destroyed in the fire, he said.

Firefighters left the scene by about 6 p.m., officials said.

-- Kate S. Alexander

Police say W.Va. man sold crack cocaine to informant

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man was in Eastern Regional Jail Friday night on a $75,000 cash-only bond after police said he sold $500 in crack cocaine to a confidential informant, according to court and jail records.

Kenneth Elijah Jenkins, 52, of 60 Janice St. in Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday night by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on charges of two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (crack cocaine and heroin) and distribution of crack cocaine, according to court records.

Jenkins was arrested by West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.D. Burkhart along U.S. 11 south of Martinsburg after members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force orchestrated the drug deal Thursday, according to a complaint filed by State Police Cpl. A. Evans.

Police say Pa. man exposed himself to school bus

DOYLESBURG, Pa. -- A Doylesburg man was charged with open lewdness in connection with a Thursday incident in which he allegedly exposed his buttocks from his bedroom window to a school bus, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police.

Michael Partin, age and address unavailable, is alleged to have exposed his buttocks as the school bus passed his home on Pa. 75, the release said. The driver of the bus told police that Partin had exposed himself to the bus earlier this week as well.

Car crashes into Chambersburg district school bus

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A car rear-ended a Chambersburg Area School District bus at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the 2800 block of Philadelphia Avenue, a district spokeswoman said.

Thirty-one secondary students on the bus were uninjured, Sylvia Rockwood said.

"They were all spoken to by the police and district personnel. They were fine to continue riding the bus," she said.

Accidents involving Chambersburg school bus routes also occurred March 12 and Feb. 25.

Rockwood said district officials are deeply concerned about the accidents and ask drivers to pay more attention.

"We're seeing more and more people talking on cell phones and texting in general," she said.

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