Police briefs

August 24, 2004

Man injured in fall from car released

An 18-year-old Hagerstown man hospitalized Saturday after he fell out of a moving car in Hagerstown was released from Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.

The Hagerstown Police Department said William E. Stoner, 18, of 626 Adams Ave., struck his head on the ground.

Police said Stoner was sitting in the window of the vehicle with his legs dangling out of the car on Rowland Avenue Saturday at about 7:17 p.m.

Sgt. Mark E. Renner said Monday that the car had just started moving, at a slow speed, when Stoner fell, sustaining a head injury.

"He may have had some sort of seizure when he hit his head, but he's going to be OK," Renner said.


Renner said a 16-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was driving at the time of the incident. He said the investigation was ongoing and that no charges had been filed.

- Brian Shappell

Man steals money from area home

CLEAR SPRING - Maryland State Police said a man posing as a utility company employee stole $100 Monday from a man's home east of Clear Spring.

The man entered the residence, on Clear Spring Road near Saint Paul Road, at about 9:30 a.m. and took the money, police said. No physical force was used, but the phone lines to the house were cut, police said.

Police described the thief as a white man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a stocky build. Police said he was wearing a black hat, white shirt, gray pants and glasses.

Police request that anyone with information on the incident call 301-739-2101.

Police looking for two missing teenagers

The Hagerstown Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in finding two teenagers who ran away more than a week ago.

Police said Tonya L. Long, 15, and Christopher A. Curry, 15, have not been seen since leaving their Hagerstown residences on Aug. 15. Police said they likely are traveling together.

A third boy who was believed to be with them reportedly returned to his home Monday, police said.

Police said Curry is white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighs 185 pounds. He has brown hair in a crewcut, hazel eyes and "R" tattooed on his right hand, police said.

Police said Long is white, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds. She has brown, curly hair, blue eyes and "CC" tattooed on her ankle.

Police request that anyone with information on the incident call 301-739-3700.

Woman falls while pruning a tree

A woman fell about 20 feet from a ladder Monday while she was pruning a tree near Downsville, according to emergency responders and a witness.

The woman's name was not immediately released, and her condition was not known. The call to 911 was made at 7:11 p.m., according to emergency dispatch information.

The woman was conscious when emergency responders arrived, said Lt. William Stuller, with Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service. The woman was flown to Washington County Hospital by a Maryland State Police helicopter.

Peggy Lyons, 58, said the woman who fell was a friend of her roommate's. She did not know the woman's full name.

Lyons said she and the woman who fell were doing yardwork at Lyons' home at 16472 Spielman Road.

"I saw the limb come down, and she wasn't in the tree," Lyons said.

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