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Police, fire briefs - June 7

June 07, 2011

Dryer fire reported at Hagerstown hotel

A fire started inside a dryer Monday afternoon in a laundry room at Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center on Dual Highway, according to the chief of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.

Firefighters put out the fire, which was contained to the dryer, Dave Fraley said.

There was smoke on the first and second floors of the hotel, and firefighters ventilated the floors to remove it, Fraley said.

“I think all the guests were out. All the workers were here,” Fraley said.

No one was hurt in the fire, which was reported at 3:50 p.m., officials said.

Fraley said he does not know what caused the fire and that the state fire marshal’s office will investigate.

Rescuers from Funkstown, Hagerstown and Halfway responded to the fire, Fraley said.

Baltimore men charged in theft of $30 from Coke machine in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Two Baltimore men were charged with theft and criminal conspiracy after money was stolen from a Coca-Cola machine Sunday at Lincoln Lanes Bowling Center, 2071 Lincoln Way East, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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Shortly before 2 p.m., police were dispatched to the bowling alley for a report of the theft of $30 from the vending machine. Police said two men fled east on U.S. 30 in a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck.

A truck was spotted in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on U.S. 30 and two men, David Metzler and Jeffrey Presgraves, were arrested when they returned to the truck, police said.

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