Harford Blotter


March 06, 2005


Fire company: The Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded more than $280,000 in federal grant money to go toward rescue equipment. The funds will be used for a Jaws of Life rescue apparatus, a giant airbag for lifting heavy objects, and upgrades to 50 breathing-air tanks that firefighters use when entering burning buildings. The money comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which will eventually award $750 million nationwide to help pay for equipment and training.


Fire: A man who fell asleep while smoking was blamed for a 6 p.m. fire in his house Feb. 23 in the 1700 block of Laurel Brook Road. John Wizbicki, 60, was treated for burns to his hands and lower extremities at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. About 40 firefighters brought the blaze under control by 6:50 p.m. The 30-year-old, two-story house sustained an estimated $75,000 in damage.

Harford County

Theft: A snow blower was reported stolen from the front porch of a home in the 2500 block of Sandy Hook Road about noon Feb. 23.

Nonpayment: Police were called to a home in the 2900 block of Haddington Court about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 23 after a man reportedly failed to pay a taxi driver the fare he was owed. The man told police that he had no money and that his father, who was not home, was supposed to pay the cab fare.

Locked car: Police were called Feb. 23 to assist a woman who locked her car keys in a Subaru while her 14-month- old daughter was inside the vehicle. The car was stopped at a gasoline pump in the 400 block of Constant Friendship Blvd.

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