Leak found in truck carrying sulfuric acid
FREDERICK -- A tanker truck carrying 2,000 gallons of sulfuric acid sprung a leak while it was parked at an Interstate-70 truck stop late Sunday night, authorities said.
The leak was discovered about 10:55 p.m. Sunday, said Frederick City Police Sgt. John Nolte. Central Alarm, Fort Detrick's hazardous materials unit and a spill response unit from Maryland's Department of the Environment responded to the scene, he said.
The truck, owned by DuPont Co., was driven to the end of the access road leading to I-70 Truck City, and police closed the road, Sergeant Nolte said.
Officials at the scene notified Frederick police about 3 a.m. that the leak was under control, and the access road was reopened.
Officials were still at the scene yesterday morning waiting for DuPont representatives to remove the truck, Sergeant Nolte said. It was not clear whether a cleanup was necessary.
The motel at the truck stop was not evacuated, said Central Alarm spokeswoman Donna Shriner. Sulfuric acid can be harmful in large quantities, but Ms. Shriner said she thought only a small amount was released.
Six people were treated for exposure at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released early Monday morning, said emergency room charge nurse Kim Day.
Arson destroys 2 Brunswick buildings
BRUNSWICK -- An arsonist set a four-alarm fire that destroyed two buildings in the city square and caused about $1 million in damage, the state fire marshal's office said.
A team of investigators determined that the blaze began early Sunday morning in the rear of the Brunswick Crab House, Deputy State Fire Marshal Faron Taylor said Sunday.
The wood-frame buildings contained several businesses and apartments, but no injuries were reported. All apartment residents were evacuated safely, officials said.
"The flames were right outside my bedroom door," said Bethany Hadjasz.
Ms. Hadjasz said she did not know there was a fire until the police kicked down her door to gain access to her apartment.
About 155 firefighters from Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland, Jefferson County in West Virginia and Loudoun County in Virginia fought the fire for three hours before bringing it under control, sparing four buildings on the same side of the block.
"They did a terrific job. It could have taken out the whole block. I really don't know how they stopped it," said City Councilman Brent Bell.
Mayor Dick Goodrich said he got a call about 4 a.m., looked out his window and saw the flames several blocks away.
"I was concerned about the other buildings," Mr. Goodrich said. "If they hadn't contained it, it would have been a lot worse. Luckily, the wind died down somewhat."
Frederick teachers sign one-year contract
FREDERICK -- Negotiating teams for the Frederick County Board of Education and the Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA) signed a one-year salary and benefits contract last week.
Funding for the overall $3.3 million salary increase rests with the Frederick County Commissioners. But many teachers and board members are concerned that the commissioners might not hold up their end of the bargain.
Mark Sweadner, county budget officer, recently projected a $4.4 million increase in local education spending above the $85.5 million the schools received this year.
Jack Patterson, FCTA president, said that amount would not pay for the 1,000 new students expected at local schools next year, ** let alone pay for salary increases.
Mr. Sweadner said the school system is expected to receive a $3 million increase in fiscal 1995 from the state. The school board has proposed a $162.4 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Woman backs car into 6-year-old son
LIBERTYTOWN -- A Libertytown woman accidentally backed her car into her 6-year-old son last week, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
Janey Lawrence, 40, was backing out of her driveway when her son, Nicholas Lawrence, ran to move his bike, the sheriff's office said. Ms. Lawrence didn't see the child and her car struck him, the sheriff's office said.
Nicholas suffered a cut on his head and was flown by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, the sheriff's office said. The youngster was discharged Friday, a spokeswoman said.
Black activist to join Frederick Moose lodge
FREDERICK -- A black activist has been accepted as the only black member of the Frederick City Moose Lodge.
The 1,900-member Lodge 371 has had black members in the past, but had none when Ed Jenkins applied for membership last month, Moose spokesmen said.
Mr. Jenkins, 51, of Frederick applied for membership after a black man's application was rejected by the Hagerstown Moose Lodge 212. Moose International pulled the Hagerstown lodge's charter eight days later, citing financial problems and violations of Moose International policies. Mr. Jenkins was voted into the lodge by a show of hands last week, said Frederick Lodge Administrator Tom Warfield.
"I'm elated. I just can't believe it's true," Mr. Jenkins said Wednesday.
Man denied bond on bail-jumping charge
HAGERSTOWN -- Nearly nine years after he was accused of fleeing to Canada to avoid a drug trial, Alan Douglas Greenwald was denied bond last week on a charge of jumping bail in Washington County District Court.
Greenwald, 36, currently is serving a 15-year-sentence in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana.
Greenwald is scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court on May 5 on the bail-jumping charge.
The charge was filed Oct. 4, 1985, after he failed to appear at a preliminary hearing. At the time, he was free on $10,000 bond while awaiting trial on cocaine charges in Washington County Circuit Court.
He allegedly fled to Canada and was caught in Toronto, living under an assumed identity in October 1993 when failure to wear his seat belt led to his arrest.
He agreed to extradition only after a plea agreement was reached on a lesser charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana rather than the drug-kingpin charge he was to face.
State to preserve farm at South Mountain
ANNAPOLIS -- The state will spend $142,250 in state and federal funds to preserve a farm as part of the historic South Mountain Battlefield.
The Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved the purchase of William Poffenberger's 14.8-acre farm along U.S. 40A west of Middletown.
Gen. George McClellan directed Union forces from the site during the Civil War Battle of South Mountain on Sept. 14, 1862. The state plans to build a roadside interpretation center to mark the spot. A conservation easement will ensure that the land is preserved for farming and historical interpretation. Once the conservation easement is in place, the state plans to sell the land, according to board records. But the land may never be developed.
The board approved the use of $71,125 in Program Open Space funds from the Department of Natural Resources and $14,225 from State Highway Administration funds for the purchase. Also approved for the transaction was $56,900 in Federal Highway Administration funds.
The purchase is part of the Maryland Civil War Heritage Commission's plan to protect the battlefield and surrounding areas. Last fall, the board approved spending $118,700 to buy the White House Inn, a 184-year-old stone house along U.S. 40A where troops lived during the Battle of South Mountain.