Police, fire briefs

June 15, 2009

Fires near Hagerstown roundhouse appear to be arson

Two fires that occurred near a railroad roundhouse off Burhans Boulevard on Sunday afternoon appeared to have been intentionally set, said a Hagerstown Fire Department spokesman.

One fire was set in a dump where homeless people have been discarding items, said Capt. Brian Pile.

The second fire was set in an encampment where homeless people have been staying, Pile said.

The fires, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m., are being investigated by Hagerstown fire marshals, Pile said.

Md. man faces drug and speeding charges

A Clinton, Md., man was charged with speeding and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD after his 2003 Ford Explorer was observed traveling 90 mph on eastbound Interstate 70 near Clear Spring Sunday morning, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

After Maryland State Police Cpl. J. Stonebraker pulled over the vehicle driven by Larry C. Johnson, 29, he detected a strong odor of marijuana, the release said.


After the 9:30 a.m. stop, a search revealed numerous drugs and about $4,000 in cash, the release said.

Fire rips through vacant mobile home

Fire spread through a vacant mobile home at 12404 Loger Drive in Hagerstown on Sunday morning, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

The 6:23 a.m. fire caused about $5,000 in damages, according to a press release.

About a dozen firefighters from four fire departments had the blaze under control in about 10 minutes, the release said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fireworks complaint leads to marijuana arrest

WILLIAMSPORT - Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies who were sent to the Williamsport area early Sunday for a fireworks complaint discovered a marijuana violation, according to a press release.

Deputies responded to the parking lot of the R. Paul Smith power station about 4:30 a.m. and found a vehicle with four people in side, the release said.

Marijuana was found in the vehicle and a Hagerstown man was taken into custody, police said.

Driver rolls his SUV in Pa. crash, but avoids injuries

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 1997 Mercury Mountaineer traveling south on U.S. 522 in Ayr Township in Fulton County on Saturday morning went off the road, struck a utility pole and rolled onto its roof, said a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

The driver of the vehicle, Kent D. Anderson, 18, of Needmore, Pa., was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the 6:35 a.m. crash, the release said.

Woman injured in head-on crash in Fulton County

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Schellsburg, Pa., woman driving west on U.S. 30 Friday afternoon failed to negotiate a right curve, crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on, Pennsylvania State Police said in a press release.

Susan Higgins, 39, of 1378 Teaberry Hollow Road, was wearing a seat belt and had only minor injuries following the 4 p.m. crash, the release said.

The driver of the second vehicle, Kerri Ann Gsell, 34, of Waynesboro, Pa., was wearing seat belt and was not injured, the release said.

A passenger in Gsell's vehicle, Gregory Brian Kerderman, 41, of Chambersburg, was not hurt, police said.

A passenger in Higgins' car, Carol Whitfield, 63, of Schellsburg, was not injured.

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