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Police briefs

July 03, 2006

Nothing found in Schneider search



MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - No explosives were found during a search of the Schneider trucking operations center prompted by a bomb threat reported at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies said in a news release.

Deputies said the threat was made to the company headquarters in Green Bay, Wis., reporting bombs in both the Carlisle, Pa., and Martinsburg operation centers.

More than four hours passed as law enforcement and fire personnel from six Maryland and West Virginia agencies searched the Martinsburg center, using bomb-sniffing dogs.

Deputies and the center's manager have said it is safe for employees to work as scheduled at the business on Tabler Station Road.

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The FBI is investigating the threat, deputies said.




Motorcyclists hurt in Sunday crash



MOUNT SAVAGE, Md. - Two Frostburg, Md., residents were injured in a chain-reaction motorcycle crash at 3:41 p.m. Sunday near Mount Savage, Md., according to the Maryland State Police in Lavale.

Robert Allen Spataro, 64, dropped his 1997 Honda Shadow on Barrelville Road north of Md. 36 in an attempt to avoid hitting a 2003 Honda Shadow after David Lee Spataro, 67, lost control of the motorcycle and dropped it, police said.

Robert Spataro's motorcycle hit David Spataro's motorcycle, which was traveling in front, police said.

Both men were taken to Western Maryland Hospital, Memorial campus, in Cumberland, Md. A nursing supervisor Sunday refused to comment on their conditions.




Man faces assault, other charges



A Washington County man who allegedly killed four kittens by throwing them in a fire was in jail Sunday night.

During a fight with a woman at about 4 a.m. Sunday, Robert Lynn Tomlin, 22, of 10917 Crystal Falls Drive, allegedly placed a propane tank in a fire in an attempt to cause an explosion, according to the Sheriff's Department.

He also allegedly knocked down the woman and kicked her in the head, causing her hearing loss, the Sheriff's Department said.

Tomlin allegedly threw four kittens belonging to the woman into a fire pit, killing them, the Sheriff's Department said.

Tomlin was charged with second-degree assault, use of a destructive device and animal mutilation, the Sheriff's Department said.

According to a spokesman, Tomlin was in Washington County Detention Center Sunday night. Bond was set at $25,000.




Man flown out after crashing mini bike



FREDERICK, Md. - A 26-year-old Frederick man was flown to Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he crashed his mini bike into the side of an automobile in a parking lot, according to the Maryland State Police in Frederick.

William J. Goines Jr. was conscious prior to the flight after his accident Friday, police said.

According to police, Goines failed to yield right of way and crashed into a car traveling in front of the SuperPetz store at Frederick Shoppers World off of West Patrick Street at Willowdale Drive.

Goines' injures did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

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