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August 30, 2012
An intentionally set fire caused $50,000 in damages to a vacant, two-story house Wednesday at 16612 National Pike near Hagerstown, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire was set in the attic of the home at about 5:30 p.m., according to a fire marshal's office news release. It took 55 firefighters from Maugansville, Hagerstown, Williamsport, Halfway, Longmeadow, Clear Spring, Washington County Special Operations and Greencastle, Pa., about 45 minutes to get the fire under control, the fire marshal's office said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 25, 2012
A man charged with attempted murder and arson in connection with a fire at his house was acquitted of all counts this week in Washington County Circuit Court. Karl McNutt, 47, of 817 Virginia Ave., had been charged with attempted second-degree murder, but the jury in Monday's trial did not get to consider that count, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said Thursday. The charge was dismissed by Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. on a motion by the state, he said. Long also granted defense motions for judgment of acquittal on first-degree assault and second-degree malicious burning charges, court records said.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
An 18-year-old Clear Spring woman pleaded not criminally responsible Thursday to charges she set fire to a historic Williamsport building in August 2006. Read the full story in Friday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | February 3, 2012
Investigators believe arson was the cause of a Thursday afternoon fire that gutted a vacant house near Hancock, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal. The 1:52 p.m. fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the two-story home at 13501 Locher Road, southwest of Hancock, a news release from the fire marshal's office said. Investigators ruled out accidental causes because the house was vacant, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said Friday. “We know the rail trail is commonly used during the day, so we're looking for anybody with information that saw anybody in the house, saw anybody around the house,” Ernst said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 16, 2011
The bail for a Hagerstown man accused of trying to set fire to a home in Big Pool by setting a gas can in front of an open oven remained at $125,000 Monday after a bond review hearing before Washington County District Judge Mark D. Thomas. Temal David Stevenson, 30, of 122 Manor Drive, Apt. 102, is charged by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal with first- and second-degree attempted arson in the May 2 incident at 11212 Gehr Road, according to the application for statement of charges.
NEWS
August 25, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man was arrested early Sunday at his home following a fire Saturday night at a house at 109 Centre St., which was ruled arson, according to the Martinsburg Police Department. Allen Keith Starcher, 45, of 117 N. Centre St., was charged with first-degree arson at about 2 a.m. Sunday, according to a Martinsburg Police Department news release. Martinsburg Fire Department members arrived at the two-story rental house off East Burke Street about 9:50 p.m. for a fire on the front porch, said Greg Hoover, Martinsburg's chief fire investigator.
NEWS
November 7, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with arson following an apartment fire Sunday afternoon on South Main Street. Police said Robert J. Smith, 27, of 270 S. Main St., was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz and jailed in Franklin County Prison on $25,000 bail. The fire was called in at about 4 p.m. and was in Apt. 3 of The Village Apartments, 270 S. Main St. No one was injured in the fire, which was started in a bedroom of the apartment, said Bryan Shatzer, a career firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Chambersburg Fire Department.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | December 18, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com A jury is scheduled to begin deliberations this morning in the case of a Hampton, Va., man charged with arson in a 2002 fire at a Hagerstown apartment building. John A. Mitchell, 37, is charged with four counts of first-degree arson in the early morning fire at 38-40 Randolph Ave. on May 19, 2002. Mitchell had rented an apartment there. Attorneys for both the state and defense completed their closing arguments Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court before Judge John H. McDowell.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 16, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com A jury was empaneled Monday in Washington County Circuit Court for the trial of a man accused of burning down his apartment building to collect insurance money. John A. Mitchell, 37, was living in an apartment at 38-40 Randolph Ave. in Hagerstown when it was damaged by fire on May 19, 2002. The prosecution alleges that Mitchell torched the building shortly after midnight and drove away, while the defense contends someone else is to blame.
NEWS
July 16, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A fire that destroyed a church along U.S. 522 south of Berkeley Springs on Monday night appears to be arson, authorities said. A worker on break at the Tom Seely Furniture plant across the road from the Holiness Church of Jesus Christ noticed the fire and alerted his shift supervisor, said Steve McBee, chief of the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters, who received the call about 11:10 p.m., said a back corner of the church was on fire when they arrived.
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