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March 25, 2004

Tractor-trailer delays traffic on Interstate 81

An overturned tractor-trailer caused intermittent traffic delays along northbound Interstate 81 Wednesday, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the truck, which was hauling lumber, overturned while it was on the shoulder of I-81, police said.

Maryland State Police Sgt. James Meyers said a report of the overturned truck on I-81 north of Halfway Boulevard was reported at 12:41 p.m.

Meyers said the truck had been pulled onto the road's shoulder, got stuck in mud and overturned, spilling lumber off to the side of I-81.

"When someone sees something on the side of the road, they slow down," Meyers said.

Meyers said crews waited until after 7:30 p.m. to remove the toppled truck and its load from the side of the roadway because of concerns about doing so during heavy traffic times.


Cleanup caused police to close one of I-81's lanes early Wednesday evening, Meyers said.

He said no injuries were reported, and no charges were filed against the driver, whose identity was not released.

Jewelry, mower among stolen items

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received these crime reports Tuesday:

  • Jewelry valued at more than $500 was stolen from a home in the 11900 block of Haven Hill Drive, near Smithsburg.

  • A commercial-grade John Deere 620 lawnmower valued at $8,000 was stolen from the 13700 block of Royal Road in the Orchard Hills neighborhood north of Hagerstown.

  • A window at Lincolnshire Elementary School, 17545 Lincolnshire Road in Halfway, was broken, causing $300 in damage.

Fire damages home in Shepherdstown

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Fire broke out in the attic of a one-story house off W.Va. 45 west of Shepherdstown Wednesday afternoon, a fire official said.

The ranch home, along Venus Way, is known as Stonegate Manor and no one has lived in the house for about five or six years, said Leon Catrow, chief of the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Co.

Although Catrow was still gathering details about the fire Wednesday night, he said the blaze might have started as a result of some work that was being done on a heating duct system.

The fire was mostly contained to the attic, Catrow said.

Sawdust was used to insulate the attic, and firefighters had to rip out the ceilings and sawdust to extinguish embers, Catrow said.

The fire was reported at about 5:38 p.m.

Fire destroys home in Morgan County

GREAT CACAPON, W.Va. - Fire destroyed a home in the 12000 block of Cacapon Road Wednesday night, a fire official said.

Cacapon Road is off W.Va. 9 about 12 miles west of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., in Morgan County.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, about three-quarters of the home was in flames, said Capt. Matt Grimley of the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Co.

No one was in the home at the time, Grimley said. He did not know who owned the house.

It was unclear what started the fire, which was reported at about 7 p.m., Grimley said.

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