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Police, fire briefs

May 24, 2010

Md. trooper breaks leg, but makes arrest



FREDERICK, Md. -- A Maryland State Police trooper broke his leg chasing a man after a traffic stop Sunday evening, but still managed to take him into custody, Maryland State Police said.

Trooper 1st Class J. Tindal stopped a vehicle for speeding at 7:02 p.m. on Interstate 270 north of Md. 80, police said. As he approached the vehicle he saw a back seat passenger, Daniel Rocco Famulare, 22, of Darnestown, Md., move as if he were reaching for something under the driver's seat, police said.

As Tindal frisked Famulare, a plastic bag containing needles and a spoon with residue from a controlled dangerous substance fell from his right pants leg, police alleged. When Tindal reached down to pick it up, Famulare ran, police said.

Tindal chased Famulare onto the shoulder, down an embankment and toward a chain link fence when the trooper felt his left leg "pop," police said. The trooper continued chasing Famulare and pulled him to the ground, police said.

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Famulare was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of equipment to administer a controlled dangerous substance, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, Thomas William Poggi Sietsema, 22, of North Potomac, Md., was charged with speeding, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of equipment to administer a controlled dangerous substance, police said.

Another passenger, Emily Jane Easton, 19, of Gaithersburg, Md., was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of equipment to administer a controlled dangerous substance, police said.

All three were taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, police said.

Tindal was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where an X-ray revealed he had broken a bone in his leg, police said. Tindal was treated at the hospital and released, police said.

Painkillers stolen in Mercersburg burglary



MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- A bottle of prescription painkillers was stolen during a daylight residential burglary on May 20, Pennsylvania State Police said.

A side door at the house in the 5800 block of Montgomery Church Road was broken to gain entry, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident can call policed at 717-264-5161.

Chambersburg woman injured in crash



ST. THOMAS, Pa. -- A Chambersburg, Pa., woman received minor injuries in a one-car crash Sunday morning in St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Katelyn E. Butts, 18, no address given, was driving east on Loudon Road at 9:35 a.m. when she lost control on the wet road near the Maxheimer Road intersection, police said. The 2002 Pontiac Sunfire ran off the road and then back onto the road, where it rolled over and came to rest on its roof, police said.

Firefighters injured while battling Blue Ridge Summit fire



BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Two firefighters injured in a Saturday night garage fire were recovering at home less than a day later, according to Blue Ridge Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Mitchell.

Blue Ridge firefighter Matt Rosenberry, who suffered burns on his shoulders, was treated and released from Waynesboro Hospital, Mitchell said.

"He's recuperating fine," he said.

Waynesboro, Pa., firefighter Kenya Dudley, who also was injured, was already running calls on Sunday, Mitchell said.

Firefighters responded to 13526 Monterey Lane at 7 p.m. Saturday. The two-story, wood-frame garage was fully engulfed in fire when they arrived, Mitchell said.

The former heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business was used for storage by property owner Jonathan Branson, he said.

Firefighters tried to fight the electrical fire from inside, but switched to an outside attack due to safety concerns, Mitchell said.

"We had the fire knocked down in 45 minutes," he said.

Blue Ridge Fire Department was assisted by fire departments and ambulance squads from Adams and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania, and Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland.

Fayetteville residents face theft, other charges



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Fayetteville, Pa., residents were charged with endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly stealing items from Target and placing them in an infant's diaper.

Chambersburg police said Selinda L. Lane and Brian K. Short used a razor blade to open the items' packaging, then placed that razor blade in the diaper the child was wearing.

Both were charged with three counts of criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft, three counts of retail theft, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The infant was placed in the custody of Franklin County (Pa.) Children & Youth Services, police said in a news release.

Stolen SUV found in Franklin County pond



CHAMBERSURG, Pa. - A stolen SUV was found Saturday morning in a pond in Franklin County, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

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