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by DON AINES | January 25, 2006
chambersburg@herald-mail.com SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - An apparent explosion of sawdust Tuesday morning blew the metal roof off a silo in Southampton Township. "It was all blown off when I came out" of the barn, said owner Reuben Oberholtzer of 7490 Old Scotland Road. The blackened conical metal roof had not fallen to the ground, but was leaning against a taller adjacent silo. Oberholtzer said he did not hear an explosion, but the woodworking machinery he was running inside the barn "makes quite a bit of noise.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 8, 2006
andrews@herald-mail.com MIDDLETOWN, MD. The bomb that exploded near Maryland National Guard Sgt. Randy Divel's vehicle in Iraq on Christmas Eve burned about 40 percent of his body, mostly on his right side, his sister, Dianna Divel Mehaffie, said Saturday. Divel, a 1987 graduate of Clear Spring High School, had his first skin graft operation on Dec. 28 and is scheduled to have his second on Monday. Mehaffie said her brother - who is recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio - was at first listed in critical condition, but has greatly improved.
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By CANDICE BOSELY | November 12, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A lieutenant with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department using radar to check for speeders Friday afternoon found himself suddenly responding to a different type of call: A man claiming he had explosives was holding an employee of an asphalt plant inside a building. Lt. D.S. Richmond went to the ESSROC asphalt plant on Kelly Island Road at around 1:30 p.m., where the man had told someone he had C4, an explosive material, and was holding an employee hostage, according to police.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE and DON AINES | October 26, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com chambersburg@herald-mail.com QUINCY, Pa. - A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal said Tuesday his investigation and that of the company that insured a brick home at 8010 Mentzer Gap Road concluded the Oct. 6 explosion that destroyed the home was caused by a build-up of methane gas in the basement, but the manner in which it occurred is unknown. "We can't pin that down," Trooper Jeffrey R. Sarver said of how the gas backed up into the basement.
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By DON AINES and RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 7, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com waynesboro@herald-mail.com QUINCY, Pa. - A Quincy Township couple's home was rocked by an explosion as they ate breakfast Thursday morning and investigators are looking into the possibility that it was caused by a buildup of methane gas in the basement. "We were sitting in the kitchen and it just blew up," Ronald Barnes of 8010 Mentzer Gap Road said a few hours after the explosion and fire that destroyed their rancher. Barnes said he and his wife, Maxine, heard "a thud" followed by the explosion, which blew open the door to the basement.
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by DAVE McMILLION | October 5, 2005
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. charlestown@herald-mail.com After carrying traffic across the Potomac River between Shepherdstown and Washington County, Md., for 66 years, the James Rumsey bridge came tumbling down - with one glitch - in a demolition Tuesday morning that attracted dozens of spectators at the nearby Rumsey Monument. The 144 explosive charges that were attached to the deteriorating steel structure were set off at about 8 a.m., causing the bridge to break and plunge toward the Potomac River.
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July 23, 2005
Guns, explosives, meth lab found in La Plata home LA PLATA, Md. (AP) - A cache of guns and explosives, a methamphetamine lab and literature from an anti-government group were found at the home of a La Plata man, police said. Lawrence Fox, 23, was arrested Tuesday after co-workers at Belk Department Store in California, Md., said that he had a handgun on store property, according to charging documents in District Court in St. Mary's County. When police searched Fox's car, they found two handguns and almost 200 rounds of ammunition, a biochemical suit and a ski mask, according to Cpl. William Rosado, spokesman for the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | June 25, 2005
gregs@herald-mail.com Sunblock: check. Five hundred pounds of explosives: check. A sense of humor that lets you laugh off the possibility of imminent serious injury or death: check. Those are some of the things that George Remensnyder, 58, and longtime friend Bill Mahaffey, 59, either were actively using or getting ready to use Friday afternoon as they set up for the night's fireworks display next to Long Meadow Shopping Center. Remensnyder said he has been shooting off fireworks since the 1960s, and claims that it's only "a hobby.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | December 24, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, PA - A soldier from Greencastle was eating lunch 50 feet from the center of a suicide bomb blast that killed 13 GIs, five American civilian workers and wounded 69 other people in a dining hall tent in Iraq Tuesday, according to his wife. Staff Sgt. George Weber, 38, suffered hearing loss in the explosion, his wife, Tammy Weber, 36, said Thursday. She said she learned of the blast before she received word from her husband by e-mail telling her he was OK. The couple communicates by e-mail.
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