Police, fire briefs

August 03, 2009

Fire causes $2,500 in damage to Beaver Creek Road home

An electrical cord failure is being blamed for a fire Sunday morning in a single-story house at 19708 Beaver Creek Road, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst.

The fire, which was reported at 5:57 p.m., caused $2,000 in damage to the house and $500 in damage to its contents, Ernst said in a press release.

It is believed the fire started in a basement bedroom, the release said.

Thirty firefighters from Hagerstown, Funkstown and Halfway responded. The fire was under control in 10 minutes, the release said.

Equipment, money stolen from vehicle in Greencastle

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- A Dell computer, a Fuji digital camera, a GPS unit and $1,000 in cash were stolen July 28 from a vehicle at 705 Buchanan Trail East, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The theft occurred at 9:05 p.m. and the suspect fled in an unknown direction, state police said in a press release.


Anyone with information about the theft may call state police at 717-264-5161.

Inwood house fire attributed to air conditioner

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A bedroom electrical outlet apparently "overloaded" by an air conditioner was believed to be the cause of a house fire Monday near Inwood, W.Va., according to South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Richard "Rick" Petry.

Reported at 1:39 p.m., the fire at a home off Middleway Pike along Merlin Drive burned the bedroom pretty significantly, Petry said. The chief said one female resident apparently received a minor burn injury.

The American Red Cross was assisting the residents, Petry said.

Cocaine arrest in Martinsburg made during alcohol investigation

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Winchester, Va., man was found in possession of 7.3 grams of cocaine and $536 in cash during an investigation by the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC), according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Samuel Santiago Patricia, 24, was arraigned Saturday on one felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (cocaine), according to court records.

Magistrate W. Randy Smith set a $50,000 bond for Patricia, who was arrested at Las Americanas at 533 Winchester Ave., according to a complaint by Martinsburg Police Patrolman J.L. Harper.

Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr. confirmed on Monday that local police agencies assisted the ABCC, which was investigating alcohol service complaints.

It was not immediately clear how many citations were issued and Lemaster deferred any release of information to the ABCC.

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