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March 01, 2002

Diesel spill cleaned up before getting to sewer

A truck driver trying to pull into the receiving area of Staples Distribution Center in Halfway hit a pole Thursday night, busting open the truck's fuel tank and causing up to 100 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the parking lot, Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway Deputy Chief Ed Ernst said.

Ernst said the driver misjudged a turn, causing the truck to hit the pole at the distribution center at 11540 Hopewell Road.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 8:13 p.m. The clean-up lasted about 90 minutes.

Ernst said crews were able to clean up the spill before it leaked into sewer drains.

Police drug sting nets arrest on Franklin Street

A Hagerstown man was arrested during a drug sting Wednesday evening.

William Franklin Davis, 22, of 118 N. Mulberry St., was charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, Hagerstown City Police said.


Information on Davis' bond hearing was not available Thursday night.

Police said officers of the city police Street Crimes Unit posed as drug dealers, selling crack cocaine on East Franklin Street.

Vehicle theft is subject of Crime Solvers case

The theft of a vehicle with a child inside from in front of Washington County Hospital last fall is the topic of this week's Crime Solvers case in Washington County.

Hagerstown City Police said that on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 12:14 p.m., a woman parked her unlocked 1999 Nissan in front of the main doors of the hospital with the motor running, leaving her son in the back seat.

She was inside for approximately two minutes and returned to find her car and son gone.

The car was found at the rear of the hospital on Mill Street, the motor still running and the child still in the back seat, police said.

All leads in this case have been exhausted and Crime Solvers is seeking the help of the community.

If anyone knows the person or persons responsible for the crime, Crime Solvers wants to hear about it.

Call Crime Solvers at 1-301-733-4141. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day.

Callers need not give their names, only the information. If the information leads to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for the Crime of the Week, a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid.

Cash rewards of between $100 and $1,000 are also given for information leading to arrests on other crimes.

Frederick woman charged in stabbing

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department on Thursday charged a Frederick woman with the Monday stabbing of Donald Brown Jr.

Roseann Copeland, 22, of the 600 block of North Bentz Street was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police said.

Brown was charged with second-degree assault.

C&OCanal historic sign stolen; reward offered

C&O Canal National Historic Park is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who stole a historic sign from the Jerome Telegraph Office, according to a written statement from the National Park Service.

The office is along the Western Maryland Railway right-of-way and within the boundaries of the C&O Canal National Historic Park in West Virginia.

The sign was removed from the Jerome Telegraph Office and measures approximately 28x32 inches in length. The sign is circular with the logo "Western Maryland Fast Freight Line" and includes a symbolic "redwing" as part of the circle, the release says.

Park rangers were investigating the case and examining the historical structure and the damages caused by the theft.

It is illegal to possess, destroy, deface or remove any natural, cultural or historical feature from any National Park Service or federally owned lands, the releases states.

Anyone with information about the theft are asked to call the National Park Service toll-free number at 1-866-677-6677 or contact U.S. Park Ranger Matt Huelskamp at 301-722-0543.

The release did not give a description of the reward. Huelskamp could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

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