Police Brief

Second woman dies from accident

Second woman dies from accident

September 18, 2007

A woman injured Sunday afternoon in a three-car accident on U.S. 40 near Mount Lena Road died at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said this morning.

Darlene Sue Crowley, 54, of Boonsboro was a passenger in the back seat of a Nissan driving west on U.S. 40 when it stopped to make a left turn onto Mount Lena Road around 5 p.m., Maryland State Police said. An SUV collided with the Nissan, sending the vehicle into the oncoming traffic lane, where it collided head-on with a Chrysler PT Cruiser, police said.

Another passenger in the Nissan, Estrella Caraballo, 84, also of Boonsboro, died at Washington County Hospital Sunday evening, police said.

Bus, car collide, two students hurt

Two students were injured Monday afternoon when a school bus transporting students from Williamsport High School collided with a car on Hopewell Road, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.


The car was driven by a 17-year-old boy in the southbound lane of Hopewell Road when it traveled into the northbound lane near the Interstate 70 overpass at about 3:49 p.m. and collided with Bus 86C, the Sheriff's Department said.

There were 12 students on the bus, two of whom were treated for minor injuries, police said.

The driver was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment.

- Heather Keels

Eighth-grader charged in threat

An eighth-grader at Northern Middle School has been charged with making a false threat that sent the school into a modified lockdown Friday afternoon, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Officers and detectives responded to the threat at about 1:20 p.m. and an investigation found it to be false, police said. The 14-year-old female student was arrested by detectives at the school Monday.

Washington County Public Schools spokesman Will Kauffman said the school was not evacuated, but the administration conducted a modified lockdown to allow law enforcement and school personnel to investigate the threat.

This was the second false threat at Northern Middle School last week. Police charged a 13-year-old male eighth-grader with making a false threat at the school Sept. 10.

"We respond to them on a case-by-case basis and keep student and staff safety at the top of the list always, Kauffman said. "We take them very seriously."

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls, according to Lt. Mark Knight:


· At 8:30 a.m., theft was reported at the Ebenezer Christian School, 17618 Virginia Avenue. The school was broken into and $80 was taken.

· At 11 a.m., theft was reported in the 20000 block of King's Crest Boulevard. A Scion XB and a laptop and Nextel phone and pager were stolen.

· At noon, a breaking and entering was reported in the 19000 block of Orchard Terrace Road. A purse and its contents were taken.


· At 2:30 a.m., damage was reported at Federal Express, 11825 New Gate Boulevard. A 1994 Dodge Shadow was damaged. Its front, rear and driver's side windows were smashed.

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