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November 24, 2000
Son's mystery death still mother's misery By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer Time hasn't healed all of Irene Smith's wounds. Almost 2 1/2 years have passed since her son, Joshua, died mysteriously after an evening of drinking and partying with friends near an old railroad bridge. continued On that July 1998 night, Joshua, 17, ended up in a trash bin outside the Red Byrd Restaurant, Motel & Banquet Hall in Keedysville, where he worked. The bin was later carted away with him in it. Someone sorting through recyclables in Rockville, Md., found Joshua's body the next day. There are several theories of how he died.
July 26, 2000
Head-injury victims find help from Headback By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Nine years ago Ralph Berkstresser was struck by lightning while shingling the roof on his garage. The fact that he can even talk about it today shows how far he's come since that June 30, 1991, day. The accident left him with severe brain injuries. "I lost it all, but now it's coming back," said Berkstresser, 45, one of about 25 members of a head-injury survivors support group called Headback, the only one of its kind in Franklin and Fulton counties.
by MARLO BARNHART | June 5, 2007
Harold Edgar Churchey, longtime proprietor of the snack bar at the Washington County Courthouse, died Saturday after being injured in an accident a day earlier in the parking lot of Big Lots in Martinsburg, W.Va. Churchey, who was legally blind since birth, was 79. The Martinsburg Police Department responded to Big Lots at 1275 N. Queen St. at 4:16 p.m. Friday, about four minutes after receiving a report that a vehicle struck a pedestrian, according to a press release. Police said a 21-year-old woman was backing out of a parking spot when the left rear quarter panel of the vehicle she was driving hit Churchey, knocking him to the ground.
By HEATHER KEELS | October 12, 2007
SMITHSBURG - The 81-year-old Smithsburg man found dead Wednesday in a pickup truck on Wesel Boulevard died of head injuries caused by the accident, a state medical examiner said Thursday. The man, identified by police as Alfred Hamer Barger, was a retired roundhouse worker and twice-decorated Army veteran who served in the Korean War, his daughter-in-law, Gloria Feliciano-Barger of Brunswick, Md., said. Police investigating the accident have not determined what caused Barger to drive across both lanes of Wesel Boulevard at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, striking a tree in the median and hitting the curb on the other side of the road.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | February 28, 2011
No one knows for sure what happened Jan. 17. Jeremy Barkdoll of Boonsboro said he remembers telling his 13-year-old son, Jakob, to go get the mail. He looked away for a few seconds and when he turned around, the boy was lying on the ground, his four-wheeler beside him. “I turned around for maybe five seconds when I heard a friend scream,” Jeremy Barkdoll said. Jakob was seizing from the impact of flipping his four-wheeler, and Jeremy Barkdoll said he later learned it was a result of his son sustaining severe head trauma.
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.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | July 8, 2013
A 49-year-old Greencastle man was flown to York (Pa.) Hospital with reported head injuries suffered Monday afternoon when his work truck collided with a moving freight train in Antrim Township, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police.  Trooper Robert T. Hicks said the man's name would not be released until police finished their investigation of the crash.  Hicks, who did not provide further details about the man's condition, said the timetable to complete the investigation was unknown Monday evening.
by DON AINES | November 2, 2005
GREENCASTLE, PA. A Greencastle man was flown to Altoona (Pa.) Hospital after the milk truck he was driving Tuesday morning was struck by a freight train at a railroad crossing on Milnor Road in Antrim Township, according to police and fire officials. The accident spilled the truck's contents and diesel fuel from the locomotive, officials said. Keith E. Lehman, 42, of 12266 Grant Shook Road, was flown to Altoona by a medevac helicopter based in Hagerstown, according to 1st Lt. Dave Hann of the Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. A hospital spokeswoman said Lehman was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.
By DON AINES | | October 18, 2011
In a light breeze against a blue sky, dozens of green balloons waved a final farewell Tuesday to Logan Jace Sellers, a 2-year-old boy who died last week of injuries Hagerstown police allege were inflicted by his mother's boyfriend. "I love you, Logan. I'll never forget you, baby," his mother, Amanda Sellers, said before her son's funeral at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home in Hagerstown. "He was a very lovable child. A very happy child," said Logan's father, Robert Sellers III. "For somebody to actually do this to my 2-year-old son, I can't see any reason for it. I just can't.
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