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Police log

September 16, 1997

Oil spills on U.S. 15 after collision

POINT OF ROCKS, Md. - Two tractor-trailers and a flatbed truck collided on U.S. 15 at Mountville Road Tuesday morning, spilling thousands of gallons of oil and closing the road for most of the day, Maryland State Police said.

According to police, a Ewing Oil Co. tanker driven by William Fisher, 47, of Lebeck Drive in Hagerstown, was headed north on U.S. 15 at about 8:25 a.m. A United Concrete Co. flatbed boom truck driven by William Schafer, 34, of Brunswick, Md., struck the tanker in the rear as it was crossing the intersection, police said.

The collision caused both vehicles to overturn and ruptured the gas tanker, police said.

A tractor-trailer that was following the flatbed truck jackknifed, damaging the fuel tank and causing a diesel fuel spill, police said. The truck was driven by Charles Ware, 36, of Manassas, Va., police said.

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The Maryland Department of the Environment and the hazardous materials team responded to the accident and attempted to prevent the spill from seeping into the nearby Tuscarora Creek, authorities said.

U.S. 15 reopened at about 5:10 p.m., police said.

Md. man charged in hit-and-run

WILLIAMSPORT - A Baltimore man was charged in connection with a hit-and-run traffic accident early Tuesday morning, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

David Allen Capino, 37, of Hill Street in Baltimore, was charged with driving while intoxicated, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident and driving through a red signal, deputies said.

According to deputies, Capino's vehicle went through a red light at the intersection of Potomac and Artizan streets and struck a vehicle driven by Doris Shumaker, 25, of Harpers Ferry Road in Sharpsburg.

According to deputies, the accident occurred at about 2:45 a.m. Capino was found at D.M. Bowman on Governor Lane Boulevard and taken to Washington County Hospital, deputies said. He was treated and released and then charged in connection with the accident, deputies said.

The truck he was driving was reported stolen by Maryland Driving Service in Baltimore, authorities said.

Man suffers hand injury in stabbing

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is investigating a stabbing incident late Monday night in an apartment near Kearneysville.

According to the report, the incident was called in at 10:55 p.m. from the Baker Heights One Apartments. The victim, Ronnie L. Walker, 41, told police he got into an argument with another man, who punched him in the face and then slashed at him with a pocketknife.

Walker was treated at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for a laceration to his hand.

The 26-year-old man who allegedly attacked him had not been arrested as of Tuesday.

The sheriff's office did not release the man's name pending conclusion of the investigation.

Man jailed in assault, cat death

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville man was jailed Monday after he allegedly assaulted a family member and killed a kitten, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies received a report of a fight in progress at a mobile home on Koontown Road shortly after 5 p.m. The report said when the deputies arrived they saw Clyde L. Morris Jr., 26, sitting on the porch.

He then reportedly ran across the yard and slugged Ernest Morris in the face. Clyde Morris reportedly told the officers he killed the kitten by breaking its neck.

Clyde Morris was charged with battery and unlawful killing of an animal.

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