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July 6, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Martinsburg police are investigating an arson that occurred Tuesday morning at a commercial property in the 600 block of North Queen Street, according to a news release. The fire in a shed on the property was reported at about 3:20 a.m., according to the release. The Martinsburg Fire Department quickly extinguished the blaze, police said. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact Detective Lt. G.B. Swartwood of the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.
NEWS
July 24, 2011
The Maryland State Fire Marshal, Frederick County Fire Marshal and Frederick Police officials were investigating a possible arson and the possible connection of two house fires Sunday morning that were close in proximity and time. Two firefighters were injured in the first house fire, at 1002 Young Place in Frederick, said Steve Leatherman, bureau chief of Frederick County Fire and Rescue's Technical Services Division. One firefighter was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with a minor burn injury, and was expected to be treated and released Sunday, Leatherman said.
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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 13, 2010
A Hagerstown man has been charged with setting a fire Saturday at his girlfriend’s home on Antietam Drive, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said Monday. Jeffrey Myerly, 52, is charged with one count each of first-degree arson and first-degree malicious burning, and two counts of malicious destruction of property, according to a fire marshal’s office news release. The fire marshal’s office alleged that Myerly entered the home of Donna Repp at 521A Antietam Drive in Hagerstown at about 9 p.m. Saturday and placed combustibles on the stove burners.
NEWS
May 3, 2011
Authorities are investigating an attempted arson Monday at a home in the 11200 block of Gehr Road in Big Pool, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said Tuesday. The incident occurred at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, when someone allegedly burglarized a home at 11212 Gehr Road and put a flammable liquid in the kitchen in an attempt to ignite the vapors with the stove, according to a fire marshal¿s office press release. No one was injured, the release said.
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By DAN DEARTH | May 12, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man whom police were looking for in connection with a fire in a vacant duplex last month was arrested Tuesday night, according to a press release from the Martinsburg Police Department. Joshua Daniel Stevens, 30, of 76 Ritter Drive, is charged with first-degree arson, burglary, grand larceny, destruction of property, malicious wounding, armed robbery, breaking and entering, breaking and entering of an auto, two counts of petit larceny and two counts of domestic battery, the release said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | August 10, 2010
CLEAR SPRING -- Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst on Monday night told the Clear Spring Town Council he believes the July 29 fire that spread through three houses in town was arson. Ernst told council members and Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. during their monthly meeting that he has ruled out other possible causes for the fire that severely damaged the buildings at 111, 113 and 115 Cumberland St. He said the fire started in 113 Cumberland St., which was vacant. Ernst told council members he observed where some electrical arcing occurred at the scene, but an electrical engineer examined the area and ruled out an electrical fire.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | April 4, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Martinsburg police and fire departments are investigating another arson in the city. This one happened Sunday morning outside the International Beauty School, with smoke making it inside the building, said Greg Hoover, chief fire investigator with the Martinsburg Fire Department. No one was injured, Hoover said. Investigators are trying to determine if the fire is related to a string of arsons in the community this year, Hoover said. Some of those fires happened when an ignitable liquid was poured in mail slots and ignited, he said.
NEWS
October 30, 2011
A 20-year-old man was charged with attempted first-degree arson and other charges after a fire was set Friday in a bathroom at Meritus Medical Center, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. Devin Witman, of no fixed address, also was charged with second-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property, according to a news release from the fire marshal's office. The fire, which was reported at 4:40 p.m., was set by “an open flame to ordinary combustibles,” the release said.
NEWS
June 11, 2012
A Hagerstown man accused of trying to burn down a house Thursday while someone was inside faces additional charges, according to a news release issued Monday by the city of Hagerstown. The Hagerstown Fire Department and Hagerstown Police officers were called to 817 Virginia Ave. at 11:20 p.m. Thursday for a report of a person who was lighting a fire at the residence. Authorities alleged that Karl McNutt, 47, tried to burn down the house by igniting clothing on the front porch, then fled before police and firefighters arrived.
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August 29, 2013
A 20-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday on charges stemming from vandalism at the Opequon Motors car dealership in Martinsburg last week, city police said Wednesday. Devin T. Hite of Yarrow Circle in Martinsburg was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Betty Jo Hersh on felony counts of destruction of property and fourth-degree arson, Detective J.D. Luciano of the Martinsburg Police Department said in a news release. Hite turned himself in to police Wednesday, Luciano said.
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NEWS
August 13, 2013
A man charged with the July 14 arson of a Martinsburg-area residence is accused of setting a bed on fire with a lighter after breaking into the home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Aaron L. Curry, 22, of Roberts Drive in Martinsburg was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond Tuesday after being arraigned by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one count of first-degree arson, according to jail and court records. Bedington Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 311 Trimble Ave., at 2:33 a.m., according to court records.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2013
One of eight people accused in a series of arsons in Washington and Frederick counties earlier this year pleaded guilty Friday in Washington County Circuit Court to conspiracy to commit first-degree malicious burning, but his sentence was deferred so he could attend college. Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen told Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer that the prosecution and defense had reached a plea agreement in the case of 18-year-old Jacob Colin Hess. The agreement calls for Hess to receive a three-year suspended sentence, but that he will serve Christmas break in the Washington County Detention Center.
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July 18, 2013
A Williamsport man was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with intentionally setting fire to a vacant two-story house on North Artizan Street in the town, the state fire marshal's office said. Daniel Alfred Levasseur, 57, was arrested after an investigation revealed he allegedly set two separate fires inside the kitchen at the rear of the dwelling, according to a news release from the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal. Levasseur is awaiting review before a Washington District Court Commissioner at the Washington County Detention Center on charges of second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property, according to the release.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 18, 2013
Bond hearings were held Thursday for three of four people charged Wednesday by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office in connection with a series of arsons in Washington County on the night of March 22 and 24. Two Clear Spring men and two Mercersburg, Pa., women were charged, their arrests bringing the number of people accused in the arson spree between March 17 and April 7 to eight, Washington County District Court records said. The bond on Brandy Lynnett Sneider-Koontz, 19, of 10733 Knob Road, Mercersburg, Pa., was reduced from $120,000 to $65,000 during a bond review before District Judge Mark D. Thomas.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
Four people who have been charged with setting a number of fires across Washington County were arrested after one of them called deputies to his Williamsport home, where evidence was found linking him to the investigation, according to court documents. The statement of probable cause obtained Wednesday from Washington County District Court alleges that Tyler William Murray, 20, of 16615 Coney Court, called authorities to file a complaint that someone had tried to break into his vehicle and set his trash can on fire.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
Two weeks ago, Dean Reeder stood outside the charred remains of his barn near Boonsboro, wondering if authorities would ever bring the people who set the fire to justice. At the time, his Lappans Road barn and nearly 20 other properties were among fires that were intentionally set across Washington County over a one-week span that began on March 17. On Wednesday, however, he and several other people whose property was burned praised law enforcement officials, particularly the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, for charging four people with the crimes.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 9, 2013
Two Washington County residents are among four people who have been charged with starting fires that authorities believe were set initially out of boredom and progressed into a vendetta against a local deputy state fire marshal, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The Fire Marshal's Office and other law enforcement agencies announced the charges during a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the Maryland State Police barrack south of Hagerstown. In addition to the Washington County residents, two women who live in Frederick County were charged in connection with the fires: • Tyler William Murray, 20, of 16615 Coney Court in Williamsport, was charged with six counts of second-degree arson and one count of first-degree malicious burning.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
A Sharpsburg man accused of setting fire to his foreclosed home was acquitted Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court of arson after a two-day trial in which several witnesses testified they saw him passed out at a picnic table at about the time the fire started. A jury deliberated about half an hour before finding Max Eugene Godlove, 50, not guilty of first- and second-degree arson, second-degree malicious burning of property, threatening arson and reckless endangerment. Godlove's Remsburg Road home had been foreclosed upon and the deed held by Fannie Mae since June 2011, although he still lived in the house when it was destroyed by fire on Sept.
NEWS
March 31, 2013
About 20 large bales of hay burned at the intersection of Old National Pike and Mill Point Road early Saturday night, said Oley Griffith, chief of First Hose Co. of Boonsboro. Griffith said the fire was not connected to a string of recent suspicious fires in the county. A farmer was burning some bales and passers-by became concerned about the fire, Griffith said. Firefighters responded to put out the fire, and the farmer remained at the scene, Griffith said.
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