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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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NEWS
July 25, 2011
Police believe a wanted man who eluded authorities Thursday could still be in the Waynesboro area. A man believed to be Asmar King, 33, was walking in the 200 block of West Second Street on Thursday afternoon when a Waynesboro police officer saw him, police said. Waynesboro Police Sgt. Mike Bock said King is described as “armed and dangerous” in warrant information. King is wanted in Washington County on several charges, including arson and malicious burning. Authorities used a Maryland State Police helicopter in their 2 1/2-hour search for King.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 22, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A fire Thursday morning in the historic Berkeley County Courthouse in Martinsburg was deliberately set, according to Martinsburg Fire Department's chief fire investigator. Lt. Greg Hoover said the fire, the city's 11th arson this year, was estimated to have caused about $5,000 in damage to the hunting and fishing license office on the first floor. The courthouse at 100 W. King St. was built in 1855-56. Firefighters responded at about 5 a.m. after the fire triggered an automatic alarm, Hoover said.
NEWS
June 10, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an attempted arson at a Chambersburg elementary school that happened less than two days after arson damaged a private school. Someone broke into the rear of Falling Spring Elementary School, 1006 Falling Spring Road, between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday and attempted to set a fire, police said. The fire burned out, causing only minor damage, police said. On Wednesday, four fires set inside and outside of the Cumberland Valley Christian School in Chambersburg caused $150,000.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 30, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A 25-year-old woman accused in the April 24 arson of a vacant duplex in Martinsburg waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to court records. Falon Sue Mauck, who remains incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail, faces charges of first-degree arson, burglary, destruction of property and petit larceny that stem from the fire at 910 Central Ave., according to jail and court records. The state's case against Mauck now is bound over to circuit court where evidence can be presented to a grand jury for indictment.
NEWS
April 11, 2001
Blaze ruled arson By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI kimy@herald-mail.com A blaze that gutted one Hagerstown apartment building and damaged another Saturday was deliberately set, a fire marshal said Wednesday. The fire was set at around noon Saturday in a vacant apartment at 105-107 S. Potomac St., said John Hersh, Hagerstown Fire Department assistant fire marshal. The fire originated at 105-107 S. Potomac St. and quickly spread to 109 S. Potomac Street, which adjoins 107 S. Potomac St. The second and third floors of the 105-107 S. Potomac St. building were destroyed and the third floor of the building at 109 S. Potomac St. was damaged, firefighters said.
NEWS
March 12, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Arson has been eliminated as a potential cause of a fire that burned about 48 acres Monday in Berkeley County, a state wild land fire control expert said Wednesday. Jim Guerrin of the West Virginia Division of Forestry said the blaze was not connected to any of five fires reported last weekend. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office and the Berkeley County fire investigation team have been investigating those incidents. The 1 p.m. fire Monday destroyed a mobile home and damaged another residence and three shelters for horses, Guerrin said.
NEWS
January 2, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A 41-year-old man was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court recently to six years in prison in connection with a 1995 arson fire at a Hagerstown auto upholstery shop. William Michael Dinenna, who then gave a local motel as his address, was given credit for time he has already served in jail awaiting the Dec. 16 trial. A civil judgment for nearly $100,000 in damages was also leveled against Dinenna, who entered an Alford plea to the criminal charge of second-degree arson, court records said.
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