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Police seek information on bomb threat

May 07, 1999

Police seek information on bomb threat

THURMONT, Md. - A $1,000 reward is being offered to help police find whoever called in a bomb threat at Catoctin High School on Thursday.

Parents, in cooperation with Frederick County Crime Solvers, are offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 301-663-3200 or Maryland State Police at 301-663-3101.

Barn slightly damaged in fire

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - Fire did little damage to a small barn here Friday thanks to a quick-acting property owner.

The wooden barn on Union Corner Road caught fire when a power chord shorted near three feed sacks just before 8 p.m. Friday, said Kenny Barrett, assistant chief of South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co.

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Owner Mike Marpole of Union Corner Road used a dry chemical extinguisher on the flames before firefighters arrived, Barrett said.

The fire was confined to three feed sacks and a yard fertilizer spreader. Damage was estimated at $300.

Leaking gasket causes fuel spill

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An estimated 30 to 40 gallons of jet fuel spilled at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport on Friday night, emergency officials said.

A fuel truck being used by the Hagerstown-based company Aero-Smith Inc. started leaking a gasket about 7 p.m. Friday, said Steve Allen, Berkeley County director of emergency services.

Emergency crews absorbed the fuel that spilled onto a ramp on the civilian side of the airport, he said.

They drained most of the fuel out of the 2,100-gallon truck and back into the pump it came from, Allen said.

Firefighters from South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co., Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Co., the county's Hazardous Incident Response Team, West Virginia Air National Guard and W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection helped clean up the spill, Allen said.

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