Police briefs

May 23, 2009

Jefferson Market fire ruled accidental

JEFFERSON, Md. -- A fire early Thursday that destroyed the Jefferson Market has been ruled accidental, according to a Frederick County Division of Fire/Rescue Services press release.

Frederick County fire investigators say the fire most likely was caused by a malfunctioning box fan that was used to keep on a refrigeration unit cool, according to the release.

The fire at the market in the 3700 block of Jefferson Pike, which was reported Thursday shortly after midnight, caused about $1 million in damages, according to the release.

Charles Town woman faces more drug charges

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A Charles Town woman out on bond in a prescription drug-selling case was arrested again Friday, according to a Charles Town Police Department press release.


Pamela Denise Hostler, 46, of 136 Maple Ave. in Charles Town, was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, police said.

Hostler's first arrest occurred April 1 after a confidential informant made several controlled purchases of prescription pills from Hostler at her home, police said.

Hostler waived a preliminary hearing in that case and posted bond, police said.

On Wednesday, after Hostler's release, police heard she again was selling pills and used a confidential informant to make another controlled buy, police said.

Hostler was being held Saturday afternoon at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., on a $250,000 bond, police said.

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