Police briefs

September 19, 2009

Woman sent to hospital after vehicle accident

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. -- A two-vehicle crash Friday on Pa. 75 sent a Chambersburg, Pa., woman to the hospital, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

A helicopter flew Nicole Strader, 20, to Altoona (Pa.) Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries after the crash, troopers said.

Strader was not listed as a patient there Saturday night.

Strader went through a stop sign at the intersection of Pa. 75 and Pa. 641 about 12:20 p.m., troopers said.

Her vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by Clarence Swarner, 52, of East Waterford, Pa., troopers said.

Swarner was not injured, troopers said.

Voltage regulator shot, causes power outages

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Someone shot a voltage regulator on Cherry Run Road in the north end of the county on Sept. 10, causing more than 3,500 electricity outages, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department press release.

A southbound passenger car stopped in the 1100 block about 10 p.m., and someone fired two rounds at the voltage regulator, deputies said Saturday.


The damage caused oil in the voltage regulator to drain. Shortly after midnight, the regulator failed, resulting in about 3,500 outages for about an hour, deputies said.

Damage was estimated at $30,000, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the shots may call Lt. Gardner at 304-267-7000 or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers confidential line at 304-267-4999. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

Man in crash flown to shock trauma center

BRUNSWICK, Md. -- Maryland State Police were investigating a head-on crash on Md. 17 near Brunswick on Saturday.

Robert Thayer, 38, of Millville, W.Va., was southbound when he crossed a double yellow line south of Rosemont Drive, according to a state police press release. His 1995 Lincoln Town Car struck a northbound 2002 Toyota Tundra about 5:45 p.m., troopers said.

Thayer had serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, troopers said.

Delfino Diaz, 62, of Frederick, Md., who was driving the Tundra, and a passenger, Maria Noritillo, 48, of Brunswick, were taken to Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital. Police said their injuries were not life-threatening.

Tenn. resident injured in crash on I-81 in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A driver who crashed after swerving to avoid a vehicle on Interstate 81 was listed in fair condition Friday night at York (Pa.) Hospital.

The accident happened Thursday about 6:25 p.m., near mile marker 9.5.

Ruby J. Urich, 69, of Chapel Hill, Tenn., was northbound on I-81 in a 2004 Nissan Titan, hauling a 2001 Fleetwood Prowler trailer, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

When Urich swerved, the trailer jack-knifed, causing Urich to lose control. The Titan tipped onto its side, trapping Urich, troopers said.

Other motorists helped free the passenger, Harry D. Swank, 45, of Elizabethtown, Tenn., troopers said.

Southbound I-81 was closed for two hours, troopers said.

Urich and Swank were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, and Urich later was taken to York Hospital with severe injuries, troopers said. Both were wearing seat belts, troopers said.

Deputies investigate burgaries from vehicles

Three vehicles were entered in the areas of Burnside Avenue, Englewood Road and Greenberry Road on Sept. 11 and 12, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department press release.

The incidents occurred between Sept. 11 at 10:20 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 7:20 a.m., deputies said.

On Sept. 12 between 4 and 4:30 a.m., a man dressed in a black shirt, a black baseball cap and black shorts was observed around vehicles on Greenberry Road, deputies said.

The sheriff's department asks citizens to keep their vehicle doors locked and remove valuable property from cars such as GPS units, iPods, tools and jewelry.

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