Police briefs

June 29, 2009

Chambersburg man charged in paintball attack

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man was charged Sunday after police say he fired paintballs at a man and woman at the Mickey Inn, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

Michael Shawn Keefer, 33, was charged with making terroristic threats, simple assault and criminal mischief following the incident Sunday morning, police said.

According to the release, Keefer was involved in a verbal altercation with a 27-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, both from Chambersburg.

Keefer left the inn, then returned and fired approximately seven paintballs at the man and woman, police said.

Attic fire causes minimal damage to local home

No one was injured and damage was reportedly minimal Sunday afternoon in a smoky attic fire above a residential garage at 19828 Jeffrey Drive.


Firefighters from Long Meadow, Hagerstown and Funkstown were assisted by personnel from the Washington County air and rehab units at the 2:34 p.m. call.

Community Rescue Service was called for standby, though ambulance assistance wasn't needed. Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven also responded to the scene.

Long Meadow Fire Co. Lt. Matt O'Connell said there was some damage to wiring and joists in the attic. Electricity was cut off to the house, but otherwise, the house was habitable, he said.

The cause of the fire was undetermined as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The investigation is continuing.

Sobriety checkpoint nets one arrest, 21 citations

A four-hour sobriety checkpoint on U.S. 40 at McDade Road on Saturday netted one alcohol-related driving arrest and 21 citations for other offenses, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

A total of 420 vehicles passed through the checkpoint that began at 8 p.m., according to Sgt. Mark Price.

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