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February 05, 1997

Storage tank fuel spills in Halfway

More than 100 gallons of fuel overflowed Wednesday morning from a storage tank behind AC&T on Hopewell Road in Halfway, according to a fire and rescue official.

Rescue personnel from the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway and Washington County Hazmat responded to the 4 a.m. incident and were on the scene for more than one hour.

Halfway Fire Chief Joe Kroboth said AC&T handled the cleanup.

The spill happened when a fuel tanker truck attempted to a fill a storage tank, which was already full, officials said. The overflow was confined to AC&T's property, they said.

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Day's Inn breakfast area is burglarized

WILLIAMSPORT - A man allegedly broke into the continental breakfast area of the Day's Inn in Williamsport early today, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Harlan Hill, 35, of no fixed address, was arrested at about 1 a.m. and charged with burglary, theft and obstructing and hindering police.

Hill was accused of taking boxed cereal and packaged bread from the hotel's eating area, police said.

A night clerk at the hotel chased the man outside, police said.

When deputies arrived and placed Hill under arrest, he allegedly gave them false identity, police said. Since he carried no identification, police said they had to take Hill's fingerprints and fax them to the FBI to find out who he was.

Hill was being held at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Kitchen fire put out with extinguisher

A kitchen fire was quickly put out Wednesday morning with a home extinguisher in the St. James area, south of Hagerstown.

Fire units from Fairplay, Funkstown and Halfway responded to 18119 Summerlin Drive in St. James, authorities said.

Authorities credited the use of the home extinguisher for bringing the fire quickly under control.

Two motorists are injured in collision

FREDERICK, Md. - Two Mt. Airy, Md., residents were sent to the hospital Tuesday after their cars collided on Old National Pike west of Detrick Road, according to the Maryland State Police.

A 1988 Toyota Corolla driven by Nancy Eisenstadt, 39, of 605 N. View Road, was traveling west. It was struck by a 1989 Oldsmobile Regency driven by Robert Fronzaglio, 55, of 4231 Bartholows Road.

Eisenstadt was listed in good condition at Frederick Memorial Hospital Tuesday night and Fronzaglio was treated and released.

Both cars sustained heavy damage, police said. Seat belts reduced injury to both drivers, police said.

Fronzaglio was cited for failing to drive right of center, police said.

Man held in slaying is released on bond

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man charged with murder in the shooting death of his longtime friend last month was released on bond Tuesday, according to Berkeley County Circuit Clerk Virginia Sine.

Michael Andrew Neely, 43, was released from the Eastern Regional Jail after posting a $60,000 bond, Sine said.

Neely was arrested in the Jan. 22 shooting of Terry Craig White, 45, of Inwood. White was found at Neely's house at 1201 Winchester Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Hedgesville man sought by rescuers

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Rescue officials are continuing to look for a 32-year-old man who disappeared from his Birch Creek subdivision home this week.

Volunteer firefighters and police dogs have been used in the search, which has been conducted in a remote area around the man's home.

Smithsburg man injured in accident

CHEWSVILLE - A Smithsburg man was hospitalized Wednesday following a traffic accident on Jefferson Boulevard near Corderman's Hardware store, Maryland State Police said.

A 1994 Chevrolet van was turning left into the store's parking lot from Jefferson Boulevard when it was struck in the rear by a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice at 11:35 a.m., police said. The impact forced the van into a sign pole in the parking lot, according to police.

The driver of the Caprice, Donald Lester Snyder, 73, was taken to Washington County Hospital. He he was listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit Wednesday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said. The driver of the van, Jacob Victor Martin Jr., 67, of Hagerstown, and his passenger, Helen Martin, 57, were treated and released.

Items stolen at mall

FREDERICK, Md. - A man and woman stole compact discs from a store in the Francis Scott Key Mall and assaulted an employee of another store Wednesday, according to the Maryland State Police in Frederick.

John Fisher, who works for the American Outfitters, saw a white male and an Asian female stealing the items and gave chase, police said. The male used pepper spray to thwart his pursuer and fled in a red vehicle, police said.

The suspects are believed to be between 25 and 30 years old. Police described the male as approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, and wearing a brown trench coat. The female had long black hair and was wearing a long black trench coat, police said.

Man hurt in crash

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man was seriously injured yesterday afternoon when his car hit a pole holding up a shoe store sign, according to Franklin Fire Department officials.

The accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. in front of the Super Shoe Store, 1525 Lincoln Way East, fire officials said.

It took emergency personnel between 10 and 20 minutes to extract the unidentified man from the Honda Civic, fire officials said.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter.

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