The Richard King Mellon Foundation announced...


September 12, 1997

SHARPSBURG -- The Richard King Mellon Foundation announced yesterday that it is donating 11.6 acres to the National Park Service at the Antietam National Battlefield.

The land, within the boundaries of the Civil War battlefield, had been subdivided into three building lots when it was purchased for donation to the park.

The Pittsburgh-based foundation has made several other gifts of historic land to the park service at Antietam, which this weekend will mark the 135th anniversary of the battle -- the bloodiest day in U.S. warfare, which ended with more than 23,000 Union and Confederate troops killed, wounded or missing.

Town suspends only officer after police chief is fired


SMITHSBURG -- Town officials who fired their police chief last month have suspended their only remaining police officer.

Mayor Mildred Myers said Officer Shawn Tyler will be restricted to desk duty pending the outcome of an indictment in West Virginia.

Tyler, 30, was charged with falsely filling out a voter registration card when he was a police officer in Berkeley Springs more than pTC two years ago. The card is said to have indicated that he was a West Virginia resident to fulfill a job requirement, even though he lived in Thurmont.

MECHANICSVILLE -- Several people were hurt yesterday when a van struck an Amish buggy.

Police did not have details about the accident on Route 5, but John Mattingly, manager of a nearby tire store, said it happened after the horse pulling the buggy broke free and was struck and killed by a car. The buggy -- carrying two adults and three children -- then was hit from behind by a van. One of the adults was in serious condition at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Pub Date: 9/12/97

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