Police log

June 20, 1997


Man injured when motorcycle flips

HALFWAY - A Halfway man was taken to Washington County Hospital with life-threatening injuries after crashing his motorcycle on Halfway Boulevard at about 9 p.m. Friday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The man was seen riding at high speed and weaving in and out of traffic prior to the accident, police said.

The motorcycle was traveling east near Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park before skidding on a curve at Meadowood Drive, hitting a curb and vaulting end over end into an eight-foot deep concrete drainage ditch, police said. The driver's helmet was knocked off by the impact, police said.


Police believed the accident was alcohol-related. The man was about 35 and lived in Halfway, police said. Police did not release his name because family members had not been notified.

Jody Carper doing well, hospital says

Jordy Carper, the 10-year-old Berkeley County, W.Va., boy with cystic fibrosis, was doing well Friday night after having a double living lung transplant Thursday morning, according to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles spokesman Steve Rutledge.

His nurse says he is doing "better than any transplant patient he has seen," Rutledge said. He has "remarkable clarity."

Jordy needed the transplant in order to prolong his life. Without the operation, doctors said he had only one year to live.

Rutledge said Jordy is still on a respirator and will be for another day or two, but he is awake and alert and looks well.

Adam Johnston adjusting to kidney

Adam Johnston's road is not much easier, but he's fighting just as hard, three months after a kidney transplant saved his life.

The 8-year-old Hagerstown youth still has to go to University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore almost twice a week, said his father, Robert Ainsworth.

Ainsworth said the family must monitor the kidney, a gift from the boy's aunt.

"His body is not really rejecting it, but it's not accepting it either," he said.

Ainsworth, who lives on James Street, said his son's illness has placed a financial and emotional hardship on the family. He said two churches have helped immeasurably.

Despite the struggles, Ainsworth said his son is well-adjusted.

Toddler still listed in critical after fall

FAIRFAX, Va. -A Martinsburg, W. Va., toddler who fell from a third-floor apartment window Wednesday remained in critical condition Friday at Fairfax Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Megan Mills, 2, of 7331/2 Winchester Ave., crawled out of a kitchen window in her mother's apartment Wednesday morning.

and fell about 20 feet onto concrete in back of the apartment building, officials said.

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