August 29, 2006
Now that I've solved my first case, I'm stationed by the phone, ready to accept the flood of calls I'm sure are coming. My discovery of the Waskotts' criminal deeds landed my picture on the front page of the local paper. I am still amazed that my first mystery has been hanging over my head for a long time. I never would have guessed that I would expose the heinous doings of someone in my own apartment building. Sometimes, as I lie on the rug in my basement room, my deductive genius astonishes me. I pick up today's paper and, smiling, re-read the black type.
March 21, 2012
Two new blasts and brief bursts of gunfire have sounded near the apartment building where a suspected gunman behind a deadly string of shootings in southwest France is holed up. An Interior Ministry official said, however, that no assault was under way to capture 24-year-old suspect Mohamed Merah, who boasted to authorities of an aim to bring France “to its knees” with an al-Qaida-linked terror spree.
October 9, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was shot Sunday night in Martinsburg, and police were still looking for the shooter Monday. The Martinsburg Police Department responded to 316 Centre St. about 7:15 p.m. for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, police saw that several shots had been fired at the apartment building and they found a blood trail leading to the front and rear door of one of the apartments. Police said four shots hit the front of the apartment building, and one shot went through a window and hit an inside wall.
March 1, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A former Winchester, Va. man has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in a 1992 arson in Martinsburg that killed another man, according to Berkeley County Circuit Court records. Roberto Lopez, 24, faces between five and 18 years in prison for the charge, according to court records. Elizar Romero, also known as Eleazer Peralta, died a day after the Dec. 30 blaze, according to court records. The fire occurred in a four-unit apartment building at 126 South Raleigh Street.
October 8, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ?Â A man was shot Sunday night in Martinsburg, and police were still looking for the shooter Monday. The Martinsburg Police Department responded to 316 Centre St. about 7:15 p.m. for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, police saw that several shots had been fired at the apartment building and found a blood trail leading to the front and rear door of one of the apartments. Police said four shots hit the front of the apartment building, and one shot went through a window and hit an inside wall.
November 22, 2011
Unattended cooking caused a fire that raged through an apartment building and displaced at least nine people Monday evening on West Washington Street in Hagerstown, City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said. DeHaven said the fire was reported at 6:11 p.m. in a four-unit apartment building at 812-814 W. Washington St. The American Red Cross was called to provide assistance to at least nine people who were living in the building, DeHaven said. “It looks like they'll be displaced for a significant amount of time,” he said.
November 23, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A vacant apartment building on West Antietam Street in Hagerstown was damaged Sunday in a fire that was intentionally set, according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal Douglas DeHaven. Firefighters were called to 140 W. Antietam St. at about 9:40 a.m., and arrived to find smoke coming from the first floor and fire coming from the first-floor window, said Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Russell Grim. He said the source of the fire and the extent of the damage was unknown.
November 29, 2000
Fire marshal rules Nov. 15 Hagerstown apartment blaze arson A two-alarm fire that injured seven people and damaged an eight-unit apartment building on West Franklin Street Nov. 15 was ruled arson by a Hagerstown fire marshal. No arrests have been made in the fire, which started in the interior stairwell common area of 25 1/2 W. Franklin St., Fire Marshal Tom Brown said. The West Franklin Street fire was one of 17 deliberately set structure fires in the city from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, said Brown.
July 22, 2008
A 19-year-old Hagerstown man was charged with arson after fire officials said he set his girlfriend's clothing on fire behind an apartment building Monday morning, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said in a news release. Kenneth Allen Platt Jr. was charged with first-degree arson, second-degree malicious burning, malicious destruction of property and possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray said in the release. Firefighters responded to a report of smoke to the rear of 503 W. Washington St. at about 10:37 a.m. and found a pile of debris burning behind the four-unit apartment building, Mowbray said.
June 20, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A toddler who fell out of a third-story apartment window was in critical condition Thursday at a Fairfax, Va., hospital, officials said. Megan Mills, 2, of 7331/2 Winchester Ave., crawled out of a kitchen window in her mother's apartment about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to firefighters and neighbors. The girl struck several roof overhangs before landing on concrete behind the apartment building, said Scott Stroop of the Martinsburg Fire Department.