State Digest

STATE DIGEST

March 13, 2007

Garrett County: Accident

Man held in killing commits suicide

A Florida man accused of killing a man at a Pennsylvania motel and driving the body to a remote location in Western Maryland committed suicide in his cell, authorities said yesterday.

Guards at the jail in Somerset County, Pa., found William Jerome Cornell II, 38, of Naples, Fla., unresponsive in his cell shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, police said. Cornell tied a bedsheet around his neck and tied the sheet to a shower curtain rod, authorities said.

Cornell, who stayed at the Dixie Motel in Addison Township, Pa., was arrested and arraigned Friday on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and tampering with evidence.

State police think Cornell killed Vincent Ross Spadaro, 51, of West Mifflin, a Pittsburgh suburb, at or near the motel Feb. 28 or March 1. Spadaro worked at Phoenix Technologies in Accident, in Western Maryland, and sometimes stayed at the motel. His body was found March 3 by a hiker near his car in a remote section of Garrett County.

According to a criminal complaint, Cornell went to a home near the motel about 6 a.m. March 1 and told the man who lived there that he had killed a man at the motel. That man told police that Cornell claimed to have killed the man in self-defense.

Spadaro was upset because Cornell disturbed him by playing loud music in his room next to Spadaro's, Cornell told police. Spadaro's throat was slashed, and he bled to death, police said.

Associated Press

Montgomery: Wheaton

2 buses collide, injuring dozens

Two commuter buses collided in Montgomery County yesterday, injuring dozens of passengers, authorities said.

The crash occurred in the Wheaton area about 8:30 a.m., said Pete Piringer, a Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services spokesman. Forty people were taken to hospitals, and dozens were evaluated at the scene.

One person suffered broken bones, and the rest were being evaluated for bruises and other minor injuries, Piringer said.

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said a RideOn bus rear-ended a Metrobus, which was loading and unloading passengers.

Associated Press

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