Police, fire briefs - Aug. 7

August 07, 2012

Smoke from overheated dryer vent causes damage at assisted-living center

An overheated vent in a dryer produced smoke that caused an estimated $3,500 in damage at an assisted-living center on Downsville Pike, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

The incident was reported at 6:59 p.m. Monday at the Bhawani Manor Care Assisted Living Center at 9946 Downsville Pike, according to a fire marshal’s office news release.

The fire marshal’s office said the building’s sprinkler system was not activated.

It took 50 firefighters from Halfway, Williamsport, Funkstown, Hagerstown, Sharpsburg and Maugansville about 10 minutes to deal with the situation.

Washngton County Sheriff's Office responds to incidents

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following incidents, according to spokeswoman Carly Hose:


  • A burglary was reported in the 12100 block of Ashton Road. Property was stolen and there are no suspects.
  • A vehicle was reported scratched in the 11800 block of White Pine Drive in Hagerstown.


  • A vehicle was reported damaged in the 700 block of Queen Annes Court.
  • A vehicle was damaged in the 20000 block of Landis Road.
  • Tires were damaged in the 21200 block of Twin Springs Drive in Smithsburg.
  • Property was stolen in the 17500 block of Lexington Avenue in Hagerstown.
  • Property was stolen in the 18700 block of Longmeadow Road in Hagerstown.


  • A burglary was reported in the 22200 block of Pondsville Road in Smithsburg.
  • A malicious destruction-of-property incident was reported in the 17600 block of Valley Mall Road.
  • Property was reported stolen at the Sheetz store at 17550 Virginia Ave.
  • A theft from a vehicle was reported in the 14600 block of Tulip Lane in Hancock.


  • A theft from a vehicle was reported in the 10900 block of Rosewood Drive in Hagerstown.
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