Police log for 6/17

June 17, 2002

Va. man injured in race in good condition

SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - A 30-year-old Arlington, Va., man who was injured a week ago in a motorcycle accident during a race at Summit Point Raceway was in good condition Sunday night at the Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, officials there said.

Papa A. Thiam had been in critical condition for several days after the June 9 accident but has shown improvement, a nursing supervisor said Sunday.

Two hurt when car strikes utility pole

FREDERICK, Md. - Two people were injured Saturday afternoon when a 1992 Toyota Tercel crashed into a utility pole on South Clifton Road, said Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

Bertha Droneburg, 31, of Ijamsville, Md., was flown by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore shortly after the 2:19 p.m. accident.


Her condition Sunday night was serious, hospital officials said.

Deputies said Droneburg, the passenger, was pinned in the vehicle for 10 minutes while rescue personnel tried to free her.

The driver, Dennis Patrick Sweeney, 42, of 9522 Dublin Road, Walkersville, Md., was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday.

In his report, Deputy 1st Class Paul Colantuno said Sweeney was southbound when he swerved to the right and hit the pole.

Hagerstown driver charged in I-70 crash

The driver of the white Volvo station wagon that caused a May 30 accident on eastbound Interstate 70 that hospitalized a Mercersburg, Pa., woman has come forward and been charged, police said.

Trooper 1st Class Russ Plante said William Dudley Godwin, 61, of 215 E. Irvin Ave., left a message on his voice mail on May 31 but didn't say he was the driver involved. When Plante contacted him on June 8, he learned that Godwin was the driver of the Volvo who left the scene after the accident.

Godwin has since been charged with unsafe lane change, Plante said.

Injured in the accident was Kathryn Rebecca Shirk, 27, of Mercersburg, Pa., who was eastbound in a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon east of White Hall Road in the passing lane when she was forced into the median by the Volvo, which continued in the eastbound slow lane without stopping.

Careening through the median, Shirk's vehicle spun into the westbound lanes and was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer driven by Shawn William Terry Sr., 52, of Martinsburg, W.Va., police said.

Admitted in fair condition to Washington County Hospital on May 30, Shirk has since been discharged from the hospital, a nursing supervisor said Sunday.

Hit by flying debris from the collision was a 1999 Toyota Corolla driven by William Johnson Jr., 41, of Frederick, Md., police said.

Neither he nor Terry was injured.

Movie popcorn fire quickly extinguished

Employees of the R/C Theatres Valley Mall 16 quickly extinguished a fire in a popcorn kettle Sunday afternoon before moviegoers even knew what was going on.

Halfway Volunteer Fire Co. personnel arrived on the scene at 4:35 p.m. to find a light smoke condition in the lobby, said Halfway spokesman Alan Matheny.

"It apparently wasn't enough to activate the smoke detectors in the theaters themselves," Matheny said.

The smoke was cleared from the lobby by firefighters.

Police seek help in credit union robbery

The June 3 armed robbery of the Bulldog Federal Credit Union at 17555 York Road is the subject of this week's Crime Solvers case in Washington County.

Maryland State Police were told that at 1:40 p.m. on Monday, June 3, a man came in the building and shouted, "everyone down." The man then climbed over the teller's counter, took money from two of the tellers' stations and fled.

Bank personnel said the man ran to an older-model blue car that had damage to the right side. The car was parked on Homewood Drive, which is to the rear of the bank.

The man was described as black, 5 feet 10 or 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a slender build. He was wearing a dark ski mask, light stocking cap over the mask, a gray hooded sweatshirt, baggy blue jeans and silver metallic sneakers.

He displayed a handgun.

All leads in this case have been exhausted and Crime Solvers is seeking the help of the community.

If anyone knows the person or persons responsible for the crime, Crime Solvers wants to hear about it.

Call Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day.

Callers need not give their names, only the information. If the information leads to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for the Crime of the Week, a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid.

Cash rewards of between $100 and $1,000 are also given for information leading to arrests on other crimes.

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