Police briefs

May 04, 2009

Pa. woman injured in Sunday crash on I-70

HANCOCK - A woman was seriously injured and a man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following a single-vehicle car crash east of Hancock early Sunday, Maryland State Police said.

Sherry Elizabeth Breeden, 24, of Warfordsburg, Pa., was a passenger in the vehicle involved in the crash, which occurred about 2 a.m. She was ejected from the vehicle and flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

Breeden was in serious but stable condition Sunday night, a hospital spokesman said.

The driver of the vehicle, Michael Roy Morris, 30, also of Warfordsburg, suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. He was charged with negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Morris was driving westbound on Interstate 70 when he allegedly drove off the right side of the road and overturned several times, police said.


Crash closes one lane of I-81 in Pa.

GUILFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- One lane of Interstate 81 was closed for about an hour Sunday afternoon after a truck blew a tire, crossed the median and crashed into a guardrail, Pennsylvania State Police said.

At 4:12 p.m., Russsell F. Poole, 64, of Lewisberry, Pa., was driving a 1999 Freightliner FL 112 northbound on I-81 near Guilford Spring Road when the front driver's side tire blew out. The truck went through the median and crossed both lanes of southbound traffic before crashing into a guardrail, police said. The vehicle came to rest facing north in the southbound lanes.

Neither Poole nor two passengers in the truck were injured, police said.

Man shows gun, gets nothing at Chambersburg Popeyes

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man displayed a handgun and demanded money from employees at a Popeyes restaurant at 1332 Lincoln Way East Saturday night as they left the business, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

The man did not obtain any money in the 10:03 p.m. incident and fled from the Guilford Township eatery, police said in the release.

The man was described as being 25 to 35 years old, being about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and having short, cropped blond hair, police said. He was wearing tan cargo shorts and a white T-shirt.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact state police at 717-264-5161.

Fire in frozen foods shuts down Rouzerville Wal-Mart

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. - A fire in the frozen-foods section of Wal-Mart filled the store with smoke Sunday and prompted an hour-long evacuation, according to a Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue Squad official.

The fire broke out in one of the refrigeration units around 6:30 p.m. The Washington Township Police Department will be investigating the cause of the fire, which the fire official said appeared to be electrical.

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