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Police log

April 30, 1997

Accident closes Interstate 70

CLEAR SPRING - An Indiana trucker escaped injury late Tuesday night on eastbound Interstate 70 when he swerved his rig to avoid a deer and spilled part of his hazardous cargo onto Ashton Road.

William Lee Jewell, 53, of Scottsburg, Ind., was driving a 1995 Kenworth truck pulling a flatbed at 11:49 p.m. when the accident occurred at the bridge over Ashton Road, police said.

The cargo was found to be calcium carbide, which can react violently with water and may produce toxic gases.

The interstate was closed eastbound for two hours during initial cleanup, according to Maryland State Police. The fast lane was later reopened allowing traffic to flow.

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Ashton Road between U.S. 40 and Md. 68 was also closed during the cleanup that lasted into Wednesday morning.

Arson blamed for fire at towing lot

Arson has been blamed for a fire at 11:19 p.m. Tuesday that damaged several old vehicles parked outside of Blue-Gray Towing at 1219 W. Washington St., according to Maryland fire marshals.

An old school bus, a 15-by 40-foot trailer and a dilapidated van were all destroyed, said Jim Woods, fire investigator.

The fire from those vehicles then spread to a Ryder trailer that was parked nearby, causing $1,000 damage, Woods said.

Approximately 20 firefighters from Hagerstown, Halfway and Maugansville battled the fires.

Anyone with information about the fire may call the fire marshals at 791-4758.

Officer injured in Frederick arrest

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick City Police officers used pepper spray to subdue a Frederick man who allegedly assaulted an officer and resisted arrest early Wednesday, police said.

Jeffrey Leo Thompson, 29, of 201 Madison St., Apt 54, was charged with trespassing, three counts of 2nd-degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was being held on $10,000 bond at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

According to police, officers saw a suspicious man in the John Hanson Apartment complex at about 3 a.m. and discovered he had been issued a no-trespassing notice.

When they started to arrest him, the man became violent, police said. He assaulted two officers and struck the forehead of a third who arrived to assist.

Officer John Pigott was treated and released from Frederick Memorial Hospital for injuries inflicted during the arrest, police said.

Man with knife robs hotel clerk

FREDERICK, Md. - A man carrying a large knife robbed a clerk at the Red Horse Motor Inn late Tuesday, the Frederick Police Department said.

The robber was described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old. He stood about 5 feet, 6 inches, with a thin build and had an unshaven face, police said.

According to police, the man asked to see a room at about 11:30 p.m. at the inn, which is on U.S. 40 at Linden Avenue.

The clerk gave the man a key to a room. When the man returned a short time later, he asked the clerk a question. The woman went into the office to find the information and when her back was turned, the man leapt over the corner and pulled out a large knife and robbed the clerk, police said.

Officers from the Frederick Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and a Maryland State Police helicopter searched the area but could not find the man, authorities said.

Anyone with information may contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-694-2100.

Bicycle stolen

A bicycle, valued at $150, was reported stolen Tuesday from 1 Peachtree Lane in Williamsport, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The black Pacific brand boy's bike is an 18-speed, 24-inch mountain bike, deputies said.

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