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April 22, 2002

Overturned rig blocks traffic on interstates


An overturned tractor-trailer loaded with frozen food blocked an exit lane Sunday at 5:08 p.m., preventing northbound traffic on Interstate 81 from exiting onto Interstate 70 either eastbound or westbound for hours after the incident, Maryland State Police said.

The operator of the rig was transported to Washington County Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be serious, dispatchers said Sunday night.

The lane was still blocked at 10 p.m.

Halfway and Williamsport firefighters and rescuers responded to the scene.

Frederick 'party patrol' leads to several arrests


FREDERICK, Md. - A "party patrol" targeting underage drinkers and drug users netted one arrest for assault, four for drug possession and one for driving while intoxicated Saturday and early Sunday, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Richard M. Byrnes, 24, of the 1700 block of Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown, was charged with second-degree assault after deputies broke up a fight at a large party on Lakeview Drive around 10:43 p.m. Saturday.

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Tyler Earl Myskewitz, 20, of Sabillasville; Randall Kevin Wachter, 19, of Keymar, Md.; Gregory Robert Burgess, 21, of Frederick; and Michael Sean Stevens, 20, of Mt. Airy, Md., were all charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, deputies said.

Stevens, who was picked up going the wrong way on U.S. 15 at 12:18 a.m. Sunday, was also charged with driving while intoxicated, deputies said.

A 17-year-old Gettysburg, Pa., boy was also charged with marijuana possession and released to his parents, deputies said.

The first party raided was in Middletown Park, where deputies encountered a small crowd and seized seven kegs of beer. That party was shut down for keg violations and having no permit, deputies said.

A larger party was located in the Lewistown area and consisted of several hundred people and a number of bands playing, deputies said. There was no information that deputies interfered with the party.

The drug arrests were made in moving vehicles and parked cars in various locations.

Throughout the night, deputies issued several underage drinking citations and traffic tickets.

Two-alarm fire burns Chambersburg building


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A two-alarm fire tore through a reportedly abandoned dwelling Sunday night in Chambersburg.

Firefighters were called to 320 E. Ludwig Ave. at 9:31 p.m., according to emergency officials.

Chambersburg Police said the house had been condemned and was believed to be abandoned.

"As best we know, there was no one in the building," Pfc. Walter Bietsch said.

Missionaries Elder Johnson and Elder Dalen, who live about a block away on South Third Street, said the house has been abandoned for the last several months.

Smoke from the fire blanketed several blocks of downtown Chambersburg as firefighters from Chambersburg, Fayetteville, Franklin and New Franklin fire companies battled the blaze.

Fire officials were unavailable for further comment Sunday night.

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