Police log for 6/5

June 05, 2002

Parts of area go dark from power outage

A brief and unexplained power outage at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday plunged parts of Hagerstown into darkness along with the towns of Williamsport and Clear Spring and surrounding areas as far north as Waynesboro, Pa.

"We're not really sure what happened or even where it happened but it appears a circuit tripped, causing the 4 to 5 second outage," said Allegheny Power spokeswoman Tara Curtis.

Despite the brief interruption of electric power, the impact was felt for the better part of an hour as police and fire personnel scrambled to deal with blinking traffic signals and false burglar and fire alarms around the region.

West Virginia's panhandle appeared unaffected, Curtis said.

No further explanation of the power outage was available Tuesday night.

One still hospitalized following I-81 crash

One of eight people injured early Monday in the rollover of a Suzuki Sidekick remained hospitalized Tuesday. The other seven were treated at area hospitals and released.


Tracey Sweate, 39, of Paterson, N.J., was flown to the Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter. She was listed in good condition Tuesday afternoon, hospital officials said.

The Sidekick driven by Natalie Michelle Rogers of Hilltop, W.Va., struck an embankment along Interstate 81 south of U.S. 40, causing the vehicle to overturn, Maryland State Police said.

Rogers, 24, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, along with Eric Howard Caldwell, 36, of Charlotte, N.C., Diane Delgardo, 26, of Paterson, N.J., and Imani Diane Anderson, 4, of Paterson, N.J., a spokeswoman said.

Shyianna Marie Finnery, 2 months, Olajuwan Isiah Anderson, 6 and Crystal Delgardo, 9, all of Paterson, were flown to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. They were all treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The northbound lanes of I-81 from Halfway Boulevard to U.S. 40 were closed intermittently from 5 a.m. until about 6:50 a.m. Monday.

Police said all of the occupants of the vehicle initially were believed to have not been wearing their seat belts but further investigation showed everyone was but Anderson. Some of the occupants were reclining or lying down, police said.

Trooper 1st Class Jesse Broadwater was continuing his investigation of the accident.

Police investigating prowler reports in Pa.

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - For the second time in a week, Pennsylvania State Police have received reports of a prowler in a Peters Township neighborhood.

On May 28, police said a man in his 20s was seen looking in the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl as she was changing in her Parnell Drive home at 11 p.m.

In the second incident, someone was seen running from a residence on Parnell Drive just after midnight on Tuesday, police said.

Pa. man charged after Blazer strikes pole

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with driving under the influence following a single-car crash Monday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The man was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer when it hit a telephone pole at U.S. 30 and Pa. 995 at 2 a.m., causing the vehicle to overturn, police said.

Eric Strait, 27, was charged with driving under the influence, police said.

He was wearing a seat belt and suffered only minor injuries, police said.

City woman who fell off bike in fair condition

A 31-year-old Hagerstown woman who fell from the back of a motorcycle Monday night on Dual Highway in Hagerstown was listed in fair condition Tuesday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

Dawn Renee Jordan was wearing a helmet when she fell, said Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare Tuesday. Police had no fixed address for Jordan.

The 9:50 p.m. accident occurred at the Crestview Drive intersection with Dual Highway, police said.

Pa. residents injured in head-on collision

UPTON, Pa. - Two Greencastle, Pa., residents were seriously injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Pa. 16, police said.

Pennsylvania State Police said Dawn Miller, 32, was traveling west on Pa. 16 near her residence in Peters Township, Pa. Police said her 1987 Pontiac collided with a 1986 Jeep driven by Kurt Stinson, 27, who was traveling east on Pa. 16.

Following the collision, both vehicles rolled over, police said. Stinson was ejected from the Jeep, which landed on the driver's side on top of Stinson, police said.

Several passers-by were near the scene and lifted the Jeep off Stinson, police said.

Both drivers were taken to Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital and then flown to York (Pa.) Hospital.

Miller was in serious condition and Stinson was in satisfactory condition Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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