Police, fire briefs - July 17

July 17, 2011

Grill fire reported

Hagerstown firefighters responded to a report of a cooking grill fire Sunday morning at the Liberty gas station at 717 Frederick St. near Funkstown, according to Washington County Emergency Services.
No injuries were reported from the incident, which was dispatched at 10:48 a.m., a 911 supervisor said.
Hagerstown Fire Capt. Brian Pile said the fire was minor, not getting far enough to set off the grill hood’s chemical-suppression system.
The grill recently was cleaned and the fire appears to have started from excess grease that got underneath the grilling surface into an area housing the control mechanism, Pile said. The grease heated up and caught fire, he said.

Rig brake fire closes I-70 lane

CLEAR SPRING — The slow lane of westbound Interstate 70, west of Clear Spring, was closed briefly Sunday morning after a tractor-trailer’s brakes caught on fire, according to Washington County Emergency Services.
The incident was reported at 10:08 a.m. Sunday and emergency responders cleared the scene at 10:52 a.m., a 911 supervisor said.
No injuries were reported.

Vehicles vandalized over weekend in Pa.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police are asking people to keep their vehicles locked and their valuables out of plain view after a rash of recent thefts northwest of Shippensburg.
GPS systems, an iPod, cash, gift cards, sunglasses, vehicle registration cards and vehicle owners’ manuals were among the items stolen from vehicles between 10 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, according to state police in the Chambersburg, Pa., barrack.
The thefts involved “unsecured” vehicles parked in driveways in the 15000 block of Paxton Run Road and the 16000 block of Cumberland Highway, also known as Pa. 997, police said.
Anyone with information about the thefts may call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161.

Walkersville man charged with first-degree assault

FREDERICK, Md. — A Walkersville, Md., man was charged with first-degree assault after Frederick Police were called to a fight at a Sheetz convenience store at 1600 Rosemont Ave. at 2:11 a.m. Saturday and found a large amount of blood in and outside the store, according to a police news release.
A stabbing victim who entered Frederick Memorial Hospital’s emergency room with wounds above the right eye, on his back and on his left arm was involved in the assault at Sheetz, police said.
The victim’s wounds were severe, but were not considered life-threatening, police said.
The suspect was seen standing near the perimeter of the hospital property, police said.
Brandon Joseph McCallister, 29, of 118 Grantham Place in Walkersville, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police said.

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