Police briefs

September 08, 2004

Man injured when minivan, truck collide

A Hagerstown man was taken to Washington County Hospital Tuesday morning after his minivan collided with and was trapped under a truck trailer, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

At 10 p.m., James Merlyn Miller Sr., 83, was still at the hospital, but his condition was not available, a spokeswoman said.

Police said Lonnie Jo Wright, 45, of Milo, Mo., was driving a 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer. When Wright tried to make a U-turn so he could go west on West Washington Street, his Freightliner and Miller's eastbound van collided, police said.

The crash happened shortly before 6 a.m. east of Hump Road, police said.

Firefighters and rescue workers freed Miller from his 2004 Nissan Quest.

Police said Wright was charged with negligent driving and making a prohibited U-turn on a grade.

No one hurt when car hits school bus

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A motorist driving a 1987 Pontiac crashed into the front of a Berkeley County Schools bus on State Circle Tuesday morning, a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.


No one was injured in the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Arch Street at about 8:15 a.m., Cpl. W.E. Henderson said.

Five children were riding on the bus, Henderson said.

There was minor damage to the bus and damage to the car was estimated at about $500, Henderson said.

Henderson did not have the name of the driver, who was cited for failure to maintain control.

It is not known what caused the driver to go across the center line and strike the bus, Henderson said.

State Circle is near the Capital Heights apartment complex.

Pa. woman in serious condition after crash

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A Rouzerville, Pa., woman was taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown Monday after a one-car accident in Quincy Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Heidy Jo Richardson, 21, address unavailable, was listed in serious condition Tuesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said Richardson was driving a 1996 Saturn south in the 8000 block of Old Forge Road at 6:46 p.m. when the car went off the road and struck a tree.

Police investigating burglary at business

STATE LINE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a burglary last week at an Antrim Township storage business.

Police said State Line Rent-a-Space, 551 Mason-Dixon Road, was broken into between 1 and 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Police said $1,800 in tools were stolen, along with $505 in rolled quarters and dimes. The victims were Carl Renner, 58, of Hagerstown, and Doug Keener, 45, of Greencastle, Pa., although police did not specify to whom which items belonged.

Crates used to build bonfire at orchard

QUINCY, Pa. - Apple crates were used to build a bonfire Sunday night or Monday morning at the Knouse Fruitlands Inc. orchard on Pine Hill Road in Quincy Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the fire was set between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. and beer bottles and cans were found at the scene.

In a separate report, police said a folding chair and an 18-speed mountain bike were found in the orchard Monday afternoon.

Envelope with powder ruled not dangerous

FREDERICK, Md. - An envelope containing a note and a white powder received by the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office Tuesday was deemed not dangerous, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies said the incident was reported at the Frederick County Courthouse at about 1:15 p.m.

Deputies said testing was done at the site to determine that there was no hazard.

The investigation was continuing, deputies said.

Man dies after his car hits tree in road

FREDERICK, Md. - A man whose car hit a tree that had fallen onto the road near Frederick Monday has died, Maryland State Police said.

Police said Philip Myers, 60, of Silver Spring, Md., was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Myers was driving a 1991 Mazda east on Point of Rocks Road east of Lander Road on Monday at about 7:42 p.m. when his car struck the tree, police said.

No other cars were involved, and Myers did not have any passengers in his car, police said.

Car collides with truck, then hits pole

A passenger car ran into a telephone pole after colliding with a pickup truck in front of 416 S. Conococheague St. in Williamsport at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, said Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy D.L. Broussard.

The driver of the pickup truck had injuries to both his shins, and the driver of the passenger car, a Buick LeSabre, had injuries to her left forearm, he said.

Deputies said late Tuesday that there were no remaining power outages as a result of the crash.

No additional information on the crash, conditions of the drivers or charges was available, deputies said.

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