Adults, teens injured in hayride wagon accident

July 14, 2005

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - A hayride wagon tipped over early this morning, sending three adults and 15 teenagers to two area hospitals with minor injuries, officials in Frederick County said.

The incident occurred at 12:34 a.m. at 9621 Frosttown Road near Camp Skycroft in Middletown, officials said.

Eleven of the injured were transported to Washington County Hospital by Boonsboro and Sharpsburg ambulance personnel. Seven others went to Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Frederick County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jennifer Bailey said while deputies did respond to the scene, they are filing no report since it occurred on private property. The ambulance companies were handling the incident, she said.

Two face drug charges

HANCOCK - An undercover transaction and an apartment search led to the arrest of two Hancock residents on drug charges, authorities said Tuesday.


Jennifer Lee Breeden, 20, and Henry Thomas Mearkle, 27, both of 49 W. Main St., Apt. 1, were each charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

Breeden additionally was charged with a second count of each, plus single counts of distribution of heroin and possession with intent to distribute.

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force said in a news release that it used a warrant to search Breeden's and Mearkle's apartment Monday.

The Task Force said the case started with a tip to the Hancock Police Department about heroin distribution.

Hancock Police and the Task Force worked together to set up a controlled purchase of heroin from Breeden on June 21, authorities said.

During Monday's search of the apartment, authorities found surveillance cameras that were installed, plus a sophisticated hidden wall in the kitchen, the news release says.

Task Force agents also found many hypodermic needles, heroin vials and other drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

Breeden and Mearkle were taken into custody when they came home that day, authorities said.

Breeden was still being held at the Washington County Detention Center today. A spokeswoman said Breeden's bond is $50,000.

Mearkle posted a $10,000 bond and was released Tuesday night, the spokeswoman said.

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