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Helping police wins man award

February 09, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Mayor John W. Slayman on Monday presented a Community Service Award to a town resident who recently assisted police with an arrest.

George Vandruff was honored for his help Friday in apprehending William Edwin Adams, 24, who fled on foot after police stopped his vehicle because its Pennsylvania registration was obstructed.

Lt. Bruce E. Smith of the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said Trooper 1st Class Ronald Coccodrilli found some 20 weapons, including two loaded handguns, inside the car. As Coccodrilli investigated, the driver fled, said Smith.

He said a chase ensued, and Vandruff left his house and tackled Adams, who was wanted on three warrants in Pennsylvania, holding him down until Coccodrilli arrived.

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"I just can't speak highly enough for him," said Coccodrilli. "The town of Williamsport is lucky to have Mr. Vandruff as a resident. Without him, God knows what would have happened," he said.

Smith said Adams was released from prison on Franklin County in Pennsylvania after serving 11 months of a three-year jail term. Adams began probation Jan. 24, said Smith.

He said police agencies in Morgan and Berkeley counties in West Virginia, and Cumberland and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania, have closed burglary cases as a result of the arrest.

"This was an incident that could've been very tragic," said Smith.

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