Police briefs

July 13, 2010

Cause of February fire remains undetermined

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The cause of a fire that destroyed a Cargill Animal Nutrition building will be listed as undetermined, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeff Sarver said last week.

At the time of the Feb. 12 fire, Sarver estimated the loss at $5 million to $8 million. The building was in an abandoned part of Letterkenny Army Depot.

Sarver said he and investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were focusing on a front-end loader that had an aftermarket catalytic converter. Dust can clog those devices and temperatures can reach 2,000 degrees, he said.

"They were running it all day, so that was something we were looking at," Sarver said.

However, the cause couldn't be pinpointed, he said.

- Jennifer Fitch

Two pulled from river's edge

SANDY HOOK - A man and his 5-year-old son became frightened on a swift-flowing section of the Potomac River Tuesday afternoon and climbed onto a rock, according to a spokesman for the Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co.


The incident occurred near an old dam that produces swift water due to broken pieces of concrete from the dam in the river, said Sgt. Brad Wetzel.

Wetzel said he believes the man and his son were tubing on the river when the incident was reported about 1:43 p.m.

A rescue official from Jefferson County, W.Va., threw a "rope bag" to the man and boy to rescue them, Wetzel said.

When rescue officials use a rope bag, they throw the bag, which allows a rope to unravel, he said.

Rescue officials were able to get the man and his son to the West Virginia side of the river with the rope, Wetzel said.

Inwood man faces heroin charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 32-year-old Inwood, W.Va., man was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on heroin possession and distribution charges, according to jail and Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Jason Wayne Nichols, of 211 Tudor Drive, was arraigned by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on three counts of distribution of heroin and one count of possession of the controlled substance, according to court records.

The charges stem from drug deals that happened on December 30, 2009, according to complaints filed in magistrate court by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Bowman.

The deals at the Martinsburg Kmart store and at Evergreen Drive were orchestrated by members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and a confidential informant for police, according to court records.

Franklin County emergency calls

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Franklin County Department of Emergency Services reported the following calls:


o At 2:51 a.m., the Waynesboro Fire Department responded to a false alarm at 801 Park St.

o At 3:24 a.m., the Waynesboro Fire Department responded to a false alarm at 801 Park St.


o At 3:12 p.m., an auto accident with no injuries was reported at Elder Avenue and North Street in Waynesboro.

o At 4:17 p.m., one patient was flown to the hospital after a motorcycle accident at 8978 Tomstown Road in Qunicy Township.

o At 6:38 p.m., a small brush fire was reported at Old Scotland and Pineville roads in Southampton Township.

o At 6:54 p.m., a van fire was reported at 4732 Wayne Road in Guilford Township.

o At 8:39 p.m., an unknown odor was reported in a residence at 788 Shook Court East in Antrim Township.

o At 10:27 p.m., an auto accident with no injuries was reported at 5196 Warm Spring Road in St. Thomas Township.

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