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August 07, 2004

Firefighters respond to Wal-Mart for odor

Hagerstown firefighters responded to a call to the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 17850 Garland Groh Blvd. around 6:30 p.m. Friday for a report of odor in the building.

The odor had dissipated by the time units arrived on the scene and no one in the store was evacuated, a fire department spokesman said.

Woman is injured in Friday accident

A Washington County woman was treated at Washington County Hospital Friday and later released after her sport utility vehicle swerved to miss a tractor on Mapleville Road, Maryland State Police said.

Melinda Elizabeth Shaffer was northbound on Mapleville Road south of Interstate 70 in a 1996 Ford Explorer around 7:30 a.m. when she tried to avoid a tractor that had been cleaning dust from the road, according to Trooper 1st Class J.W. Eichelberger and a 911 dispatcher.


The tractor, with H.B. Mellott Estate Inc.'s quarry, had been along the shoulder of the road, but was backing up and turning into a quarry entrance, so it's boom or brush entered the roadway, Eichelberger said.

The Explorer went into the southbound lane, where Shaffer tried to right the SUV and it went back through the northbound lane to avoid an oncoming southbound vehicle, Eichelberger said. The vehicle went off the road, overturned on an embankment and landed back on its tires, Eichelberger said.

Shaffer, 28, of Trego Road, was wearing her seat belt, Eichelberger said.

One lane was closed briefly, Eichelberger said.

Runaway girl is reported by police

A local girl was reported as a runaway Friday by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Linsey Diana Grimm, 14, of 21340 Twin Springs Drive, was reported as a runaway Friday, according to a sheriff's department press release.

Police describe Grimm as white with brown hair and eyes, approximately 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 120 pounds.

She is believed to be on her way to Ocean City, police said.

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