Police log for 8/26

August 26, 2002

Police investigating accident that killed 2

Maryland State Police are continuing their investigation into the Thursday afternoon wreck on Md. 64 where two Sabillasville, Md., women were killed after a head-on crash with a station wagon.

Mary Jane Bittner, 84, of Harbaugh Valley Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:50 p.m. accident, police said. She was a passenger in a 1991 Buick Skylark driven by Grace Ann Best, 61, of another address on Harbaugh Valley Road, police said.

Best, who was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, died early Friday, said Trooper First Class Charles Stanford.

The driver of the 1985 Pontiac 6000LE station wagon was Donald Lee Curfman, 64, of the 21500 block of Jefferson Boulevard, Smithsburg, police said.


Stanford said Sunday he expects Curfman to be released soon from the same Baltimore hospital.

Witnesses alleged to Stanford that Curfman's eastbound vehicle had been weaving back and forth across Md. 64 for several miles prior to the crash.

As the vehicle approached Old Georgetown Road, it crossed the center line and drove completely onto the opposite shoulder of the road, Stanford said.

Stanford said witnesses said Best steered her car to the left to avoid a collision but the other car swerved back into the eastbound lane.

pa. man faces assault, harassment charges

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A verbal confrontation got out of hand Saturday afternoon at 14453 Timber Lane, resulting in assault and harassment charges being filed against Robert James Boyer II, Pennsylvania State Police said.

During that 4 p.m. incident, Boyer, 45, of Fannettsburg, Pa., allegedly grabbed Deborah Lynn Stratton's hand and twisted her fingers, police said.

Then the second victim, described only as a juvenile, tried to push Boyer away from Stratton and was allegedly punched twice in the face by Boyer, police said.

Stratton, 38, of Mercersburg, was then punched several times and pushed against a kitchen counter, police said.

Man accused of rape remains at large

FREDERICK - A man who allegedly forced his way into a woman's home on Appleton Place Saturday morning and raped her was still at large, Frederick City Police said Sunday night.

The woman, a resident of Overlook Manor Apartments, told police the man - with whom she said she was familiar - forced his way into her home. A search of the area right after the 9:37 a.m. incident was unsuccessful, police said.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 30 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 210 pounds, with short, curly black hair, a small mustache and small beard on the point of his chin.

He was wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jean shorts and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-301-694-2100.

Mother charged with aggravated assault

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A family fight turned ugly last week when an adult daughter was hit in the head with a cast iron skillet ... allegedly wielded by her mother, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Cindy Sue Naugle, 42, of McConnellsburg, was charged with aggravated assault in the Aug. 20 incident at 819 Promise Land Road, police said.

Her daughter, Susan Marie Naugle, 25, also of McConnellsburg, was treated at the Fulton County Medical Center for a cut to the left side of her head, police said.

A hospital spokeswoman was unable to say Sunday evening whether Susan Naugle had been treated and released or admitted to the hospital last Tuesday.

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