Police log for 9/9

September 09, 2002

MT. AIRY, Md. - The lone occupant of a 1999 Hyundai was killed early Sunday morning when his westbound vehicle left Md. 144 near Sidney Road and hit an embankment, causing the car to flip over in the air, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Paul E. Ponton Jr., 42, of the 12300 block of Catoctin Spring Drive, Mt. Airy, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:10 a.m. accident, deputies said.

Ponton, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle, deputies said.

One patient was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Sunday afternoon following a head-on collision of a pickup truck and a van at Halfway and Massey boulevards.

Alan Matheny, spokesman for Halfway Volunteer Fire Co., said the passenger in the pickup truck was a woman believed to be in her 40s. Because she had a head injury, she was transported by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter from the scene, he said.


All others involved in the 1:34 p.m. accident refused treatment, Matheny said.

Deputy 1st Class Tom Routzahn of the Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident. No information or names of the accident victims were available Sunday night.

A woman whose picture and charges were publicized last week as being wanted by the Hagerstown City Police has been arrested on drug charges in Aiken County, S.C., said Lt. Rick Johnson.

Rita Rena Foster was being held in the Aiken County Detention Center, Johnson said. Foster, 33, was last known to be living in the 100 block of West North Avenue in Hagerstown.

Police had a Washington County Circuit Court bench warrant for failure to appear for a hearing on July 17 on drug charges, police said.

FREDERICK, Md. - A burglar who allegedly fought with his victim after kicking in the man's door Saturday night was being held on $80,000 bond at the Frederick County Detention Center, jail officials said Sunday.

Michael Jerome Smith, 34, of 100 S. Market St., was charged with third- and fourth-degree burglary, second-degree assault, destruction of property and resisting arrest, said Frederick City Police.

At 9:41 p.m., police went to the 100 block of South Bentz Street after the victim called to say a man had kicked in his door and was inside fighting with him, police said.

As the officers arrived, they saw a man leaving the home and tried to contact him. When the man fled, police pursued and found him hiding under a stairwell at the rear of the 400 block of West South Street, police said.

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