October 25, 2012
Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was being evaluated by a neurologist for a possible head injury Thursday and missed practice for a second consecutive day, putting his 15-year consecutive-games streak in doubt. Coach Mike Shanahan said Fletcher was checked for about six hours by a doctor for a “balance issue.” Shanahan listed the 37-year-old Fletcher as not practicing because of head and hamstring problems. “If he's able to go, you know he's going to be able to go. But I'm sure he's a little scared, too, because any time you deal with a balance issue, it's something that's out of your control,” Shanahan said.
July 6, 2012
A Baltimore woman died and two other people were taken to hospitals following a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on U.S. 40 at the entrance of Greenbrier State Park, Maryland State Police said. Tiara Shaniece Elliott, 23, was taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Elliott was ejected from a 2006 Honda Civic at 1:35 p.m. when it pulled from the park entrance into the path of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Carroll Augustus Coleman Jr., 55, of Hagerstown, police said.
July 3, 2012
A head injury to a 22-month-old girl last month led police to charge a 23-year-old woman with abuse and neglect, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Krystal Lynn McLaughlin of no fixed address was arraigned Monday by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on two counts of child abuse resulting in injury, one count of child neglect creating risk of injury and one count of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, according to court documents. Police said in court documents that McLaughlin admitted to striking the girl's buttocks area four times with a laptop computer power cord on June 18 while her husband was at work.
May 8, 2012
The Hagerstown Suns were honored to have employed Mitchell Akers. Now, the baseball team wants to honor his memory. The Suns announced the team will be dedicating their 2012 season to the memory of Mitchell Akers, which will be celebrated on June 1 when Hagerstown plays Delmarva. Akers, an 18-year-old Smithsburg High School senior, died on April 11 from a head injury sustained from a fall while working at Municipal Stadium. “We all feel terrible and want to help keep Mitchell's memory alive and honor him by helping to raise money for the scholarship fund started in his name,” said Bruce Quinn, the Hagerstown Suns president and majority owner.
May 4, 2012
Man struck by car on Little Elliott Drive Hagerstown police said a city man was taken to Meritus Medical Center Friday night after being struck by a car on the 12800 block of Little Elliott Drive. Kristopher Talon Hovis, 23, of 503 Lynn Haven Dr., Apt. 24, had a broken leg and wrist in the 7:41 p.m. accident, police said. He was also being evaluated for a head injury, police said. Meritus Medical Center does not release patient conditions. Hovis was walking in a grassy area just off the road when Katharine Ann Flaherty, 62, of 11400 Long View Drive, Hagerstown, ran off the road and struck him, police said.
April 10, 2012
A Hagerstown Suns employee suffered a serious head injury Tuesday morning when he fell off a four-wheel drive vehicle he was riding on at Municipal Stadium, city police said. The 18-year-old man was riding on the vehicle with two other employees, said Lt. Paul Kifer, a spokesman for the Hagerstown Police Department. The employee was sitting on a garbage bag on the back of the vehicle when the driver made a left turn, and the employee fell off, hitting his head, Kifer said.
February 4, 2012
The Smithsburg wrestling team took advantage of a short-handed Walkersville squad and cruised to a 66-18 victory Saturday afternoon. A total of six bouts were contested - all of which ended in pins. Walkersville was forced to forfeit eight matches. “A win is a win,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich, whose team improved to 6-10. “(Walkersville) had a lot of open spaces, but we'll take it.” The Lions (3-10) took an early 6-0 lead when Ty Tucker pinned Smithsburg's Saul Hererra in the 285-pound weight class, but three consecutive forfeits by Walkersville gave Smithsburg an 18-6 lead.
January 13, 2012
A Shepherd University student was seriously injured Friday afternoon when she was struck by a minivan on North Duke Street, Shepherdstown Police Chief David Ransom Jr. said. Kayla Barb, 21, was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., Ransom said. Barb was crossing North Duke Street on the crosswalk at about 4 p.m. when she was struck by a Pontiac minivan traveling south on Duke Street, Ransom said. Barb had a head injury and other serious injuries, he said. The driver of the minivan, Bonnie Smallwood of Maryland, was transported to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, Ransom said.
January 6, 2012
A Hagerstown man has been charged in an assault that caused severe head injuries to another man Thursday night on the city's north end. Justin Marshall Umstad, 30, of 10932 Bower Ave., was charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release. Umstad was being held Friday at the Washington County Detention Center on $150,000 bond, a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy said.
December 27, 2011
A Fayetteville, Pa., man was flown to York (Pa.) Hospital for head injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident Monday afternoon in Guilford Township, Pennsylvania State Police said. Dennis R. Jacobs, 61, address unavailable, was listed in serious condition Tuesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said. Jacobs was driving a 2004 GMC Canyon south on Pa. 233 north of Snowy Mountain Road when it ran off the road, became airborne and hit several tress, police said.