Police briefs

May 31, 2006

Hagerstown residents lose power Tuesday

Nearly 3,000 Allegheny Energy Inc. customers lost power Tuesday night in Hagerstown's North End.

About 2,900 customers lost power about 6:45 p.m., and it was restored about 9:30 p.m., said Janice Lantz, Allegheny spokeswoman.

She said the outage - mostly along Fountain Head and Leitersburg roads - was caused when equipment at a nearby substation failed.

"That tripped all of the three circuits that come out of that station," Lantz said.

She said it was unclear what caused the equipment to fail.

Pa. man injured in Fulton Co. crash

MCCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A McConnellsburg man was injured when he was thrown from his motorcycle during a crash Sunday evening, Pennsylvania State Police said.

A vehicle was driving east in the 700 block of Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg and turned in front of the motorcyclist who was driving west, police said. Terry Lee Keefer, 44, of 210 E. Walnut St. in McConnellsburg was driving the vehicle, a 1988 Chevrolet van, police said.


Jason Lee Larson, 30, of 3145 Breezy Point Road, was riding the 2005 Harley-Davidson, which struck the left side of the vehicle making the turn, police said.

Keefer was turning into a parking lot, when police allege he turned in front of Larson.

Larson was thrown from the motorcycle, about 18 feet across the road, and landed in the parking lot, police said.

Larson, who was not wearing a helmet, was flown by helicopter to Altoona (Pa.) Hospital, where he was in serious condition Tuesday night, according to a nursing supervisor there.

Keefer was not injured, police said.

Clear Spring woman in vehicle crash

BIG COVE TANNERY, Pa. - A Clear Spring woman crashed into a tree in Big Cove Tannery, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Brandi Nikcole Thomas, 18, was not injured in the single-vehicle crash about 9 p.m., police said.

She was driving west in the 800 block of Corner Road when she lost control of the car, a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix. Police said she drove off of the road and struck a tree and a large rock.

Youth escapes from VisionQuest

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A 16-year-old girl escaped Monday night from VisionQuest at 1011 Rocky Mountain Road in South Mountain, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The girl escaped about 8 p.m. and was believed to be traveling on the Appalachian Trail toward Pa. 30, police said.

The girl was described as white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 145 pounds, with red hair, hazel eyes, possibly wearing a white tank top, jeans and white sneakers, police said.

Three children injured in crash

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Three children were injured in a crash Tuesday evening on U.S. 15 at South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg, Maryland State Police said.

The driver of a 2002 Kia Sedona van failed to yield the right of way while crossing the southbound lanes of U.S. 15 and was struck by another vehicle, police said. Jennifer Bowers, 25, of Emmitsburg, was driving the van.

Police said the other vehicle, a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was driven by Donna Barth, 45, of Thurmont.

Bowers' three children, a 2-month-old, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, were passengers in the van and were flown by helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Bowers was charged with failing to yield the right of way on a left turn, police said.

Traffic was detoured onto Seton Avenue and Old Emmitsburg Road during the incident.

Pa. man injured in one-vehicle crash

CARLISLE, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man was taken to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center following a one-vehicle accident Monday night in West Pennsboro Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Cumberland County.

John William Furry, 26, address unavailable, was in stable condition Tuesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said Furry was driving at a high speed on Clay Road at 11:16 p.m. when the vehicle went off the road, hit a mailbox, and went over a cement wall and through a hedge row before coming to rest in a front yard.

Furry was wearing a seat belt and the vehicle's airbag deployed, police said.

Cattle shot at Antrim Township farm

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a cattle shooting that occurred Friday night or Saturday morning in Antrim Township.

Police said two Charlois Limousin cattle were shot and killed at a farm at 6192 Stonebridge Road. The cattle belonged to Harry McLaughlin of Greencastle, police said.

The shooting took place between 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

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