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Police standoff halts traffic on Md. 68

April 21, 2001

Police standoff halts traffic on Md. 68



PINESBURG - Traffic on Md. 68 between Williamsport and Clear Spring was shut down much of Saturday as Maryland State Police "waited out" a suicidal man holed up in his home in the 15000 block of Clear Spring Road.

Troopers established a command post Saturday morning before 9 a.m. after learning from a family member that the man was threatening to kill himself. Police said no one else was in the residence.

It wasn't known if the police or family members had been in contact with the man.

Fire and ambulance crews from Williamsport were on the scene as well as a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter, all on standby status.

The man left the house around 5 p.m.

Police said residents in the area had been calling all day Saturday to find out when they could leave or return to their homes.

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