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Interstate traffic slowed by accident

June 17, 2005

HALFWAY - Interstate 81 traffic was slowed considerably Wednesday night following a three-vehicle accident near the Halfway Boulevard exit, Maryland State Police said.

Police said traffic was blocked completely for at least 10 minutes after the accident, reported about 6:30 p.m., and additional delays were reported later.

One minor injury was reported in the accident, police said.




Man gets minor burns in fire


SANDY HOOK - Tuesday's fire in southern Washington County was ruled accidental and began in a third-floor storage and roof area, according to a Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office news release.

Fire marshals said the fire, at 19414 Keep Tryst Road, caused about $3,000 in structural damage. Fire marshals said the occupant, Angelo Nicolosi, sustained minor burns to his foot while trying to extinguish the fire.

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No serious injuries were reported.

Several departments from Jefferson County, W.Va., and Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland, including the Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co. and the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co., responded to the fire.




Two flown to trauma center after wrecks


FREDERICK, Md. - Two men were flown to a Baltimore trauma center following a pair of accidents Wednesday afternoon in Frederick County, according to a Maryland State Police news release.

Police said a Ford Focus driven by Richard Izer, 54, of Hagerstown, and a Ford truck driven by William Blackburn, 35, of Gautier, Miss., collided about 12:41 p.m. on southbound Md. 194 at Warner Road. Izer was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

Izer was listed in fair condition late Wednesday, a trauma center spokeswoman said.

Also, police said a Toyota truck driven by James Davis, 44, of Thurmont, Md., and a Honda motorcycle operated by Jerry Gentry, 52, of Braddock Heights, Md., collided at 1:25 p.m. on southbound Md. 355 near Grove Road. Gentry was flown to the shock trauma center as a result of the accident.

Gentry was listed in serious condition late Wednesday, a spokeswoman said.




W.Va. man charged with making threats


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man has been charged with threatening to commit a terrorist act after several calls were made to Jefferson County's 911 center on Sunday, including a call in which a man stated that the Ranson Police station would be blown up, according to court records.

Melvin William White Jr., 48, of Route 2, is free on $1,000 bond, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

The calls to the 911 center started at 8:53 p.m. Sunday and in one of the calls, a man said "255 was going to be shot," according to court records.

About 9:26 p.m., a call was made to 911 by the same person saying the Ranson Police station was going to blow up at 11 p.m., according to court records.

West Virginia State Police Trooper C.D. Kuhn told authorities that his identification number is 255 and that he had issued citations to several people on Blair Road Sunday during a checkpoint.




Pa. man faces DUI, fleeing charges


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Greencastle man was charged with fleeing and eluding police after leading Pennsylvania State Police on a 30-mile chase Monday night.

Gregory Koons, 34, of 10288 Grant Shook Road, also was charged by police with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, giving false information, simple assault and traffic violations, according to Franklin County Prison records. Koons has been released from jail, according to a prison official.

Police alleged Koons was stopped on Pa. 16 at 7:15 p.m. for speeding and failed a field sobriety test. As police attempted to take him into custody, he managed to get back into the 1983 Chevrolet pickup he was driving.

Police said he fled at high speed and the pursuit lasted about 30 minutes. The chase ended on Pa. 995 in Montgomery Township, where Koons tried to escape on foot and was caught in a small creek, police said.

Koons was jailed on $20,000 bond, police said.




FREDERICK, Md. - A man found by police crawling through a broken window at The Latino Market in Frederick Wednesday night was charged with burglary, according to a release from the Frederick Police Department.

Jose Guadalupe, 19, of no fixed address, was charged with second- and fourth-degree burlary and destruction of property.

Police arrived, responding to a burglary alarm, at the 10 Hillcrest Dr. business at about 11:50 and found the man entering the market through a broken window on the side of the building, police said.

He was being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center this morning on a $10,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

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