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Police, fire briefs - March 28

March 28, 2011

Pa. man in stable condition after accidentally shooting self

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. — A Warfordsburg-area man was in stable condition at Meritus Medical Center Sunday night after he accidentally shot himself when he tripped and fell, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Michael Frederick Shives Jr., 20, was walking in a field near his home in the 500 block of East Pittman Road around 11:50 a.m. Thursday when he stepped in a hole and tripped, Trooper Garry Ford said Sunday.

As Shives fell, the .22-gauge rifle went off and Shives was shot in the left calf, Ford said. The bullet did not exit his leg, Ford said.

Two men arrested after high-speed chase

FREDERICK, Md. — Two men were arrested following a pursuit Thursday that police said reached speeds of 110 mph on roads including Interstates 70 and 270.

Joseph Powell, 29, of Silver Spring, Md., was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County, Md., and Randy Powell, 26, of Frederick, was charged with reckless endangerment and hindering, according to Maryland State Police.

At about 4:49 p.m. Thursday, Trooper 1st Class Jeremy Hite attempted to stop a green Lincoln vehicle on westbound I-70 west of Linganore Road, police said.

The vehicle had fled from a Montgomery County police officer in Damascus, Md., police said.

The car was pursued for about 20 minutes and at one point was traveling the wrong direction on I-70 and I-270, police said.

Hite’s vehicle traveled off U.S. 15 during the chase and came to rest on an embankment. Hite was transported to a shock-trauma center in Baltimore and released, police said.

The two individuals in the car were apprehended after they exited U.S. 15 at 7th Street and abandoned their vehicle in the area of the Frederick Shopping Center, police said.

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Fire contained to attic, second floor in Hagerstown house

City firefighters quickly responded to a blaze in a house at 140 E. North Ave. Sunday afternoon and were able to limit the fire’s damage to the attic and second floor, said Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Brian Pyle.

It is not clear what caused the fire, which was reported at about 4:03 p.m., Pyle said.

Firefighters battled the fire from the inside of the house by pulling two hoses to the attic, Pyle said.
The structure is a double house and one side was unoccupied, Pyle said.

People who had been living in the other side were in the process of moving out, Pyle said.

The people living in the house were there Sunday and were able to exit safely, Pyle said.

One woman in the house was taken to Meritus Medical Center because she was upset by the fire, Pyle said.

Driver hits parked car, flees

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The driver of a 2002 Nissan Sentra allegedly struck a parked car on Lincoln Way West on Saturday and fled, according to a news release from Pennsylvania State Police.

The Sentra was later found in the 600 block of East Maple Street in McConnellsburg, police said.

The incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. Saturday as the Sentra was heading east and struck the left rear corner of a 1998 Chevy Cavalier, police said.

Copper wiring stolen from Pa. construction site

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Copper wiring used in a well was stolen from a construction site in the 3000 block of East Weaver Road, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Also stolen sometime between Thursday and Friday were 15, five-gallon buckets, according to a police news release.

The construction site is southwest of Greencastle.

Pa. man faces weapons, endangerment charges

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — A Southampton Township man was charged for allegedly firing his weapon through his trailer door, striking a neighboring trailer, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Cory Wright, 24, was charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and recklessly endangering another person, according to a police news release.

No one was injured, police said.

The incident occurred in Lenwood Park around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.



Two Pa. men injured in one-car accident

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Two Chambersburg men were taken to Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries after the car they were in Sunday morning went into a yard, hit large rocks and a tree, and burned, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

A Saturn coupe was heading south on Fort Loudon Road around 3:55 a.m. Sunday when the car didn’t stop at a stop sign, crossed both lanes of traffic and ran into a yard, according to a police news release.

The car hit two large rocks in the yard and then a tree, police said.

Both men were able to get out of the car before it caught on fire, police said.

Deputies respond to damage, theft calls

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