An Annapolis woman driving on U.S. 50 near the Bay Bridge was critically injured yesterday morning when a light pole fell, striking her 1975 Volkswagen convertible.
Therese Anne Richardson, 45, was recovering from severe head injuries last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.
Police said Richardson was eastbound in the center lane when the 35-foot pole planted in the right median near the Sandy Point exit ramp fell on her car.
The pole, apparently blown down by high winds,shattered the windshield and bounced back into the breakdown lane. State Police Trooper Robert A. Manson of the Annapolis barracks said Richardson's car rolled into the median and stopped.
Police said the wind was blowing about 35 mph at Baltimore-Washington InternationalAirport, "but near the bay, we had gusts higher than that," Manson said.
No other cars were involved in the 7 a.m. accident. The eastbound lane of U.S. 50 was closed for about 20 minutes so a MedEvac helicopter could land.
Liz Ziemski, a spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration, said officials were trying to determine why the pole came down.
"At this point, I can't give any specifics," she said. "We think it is a tragedy that this happened. We are taking immediate action to investigate to see if there is a problem other than thewind."
MAN CHARGED IN THEFT OF $4,000 RIFLE
An Annapolis man was arrested on suspected federal firearms violations early Tuesday when police and federal agents raided his home and found a stolen $4,000 target rifle, city police said.
The 6:30 a.m. raid was the result of an ongoing investigation into weapons trafficking by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
John R. Somerville, 35, wascharged with stealing the .338-caliber Magnum, high-power Winchesterrifle from an Annapolis home last March. Police did not release moreinformation yesterday on the 1991 burglary, but said additional charges may be filed.
Somerville was arrested without incident at his residence in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive, and federal agents seized the custom-built target rifle.
YOUTH FACES ROBBERY, AUTO THEFT CHARGES
A 17-year-old Washington youth has been charged with stealinga car by threatening the driver with a gun.
Edward Antinio Robertson was charged as an adult with armed robbery and auto theft.
Police say the youth walked up to a 1992 Pontiac Bonneville that was parked in the Montgomery Wards lot at the Annapolis Mall on Tuesday afternoon with the butt of a handgun sticking out from his pants.
The suspect told William Jawish, of Annapolis, to get out and hand over the keys, police said. The youth and two other juveniles from Crofton drove off in the car.
A short time later, police saw the car on Route 450 near Davidsonville Road in Crofton. After a short chase, all three youths were arrested. The gun also was recovered.
The two Crofton youths were charged as juveniles in connection with the incident.
WORKERS CHARGED WITH CREDIT ABUSE
Two managers and a rental agent working for Glen Burnie apartment complexes have been charged withrunning up more than $19,000 in personal purchases on a company credit card.
County police arrested the three women Tuesday after setting up a fake business meeting, where they confiscated company keys and pagers.
The first complaint came to police on March 4, when an official for Allstate Management Co. was told by an employee about alleged credit card misuse.
The company has two revolving accounts at Montgomery Wards department stores, one in the name of Twin Coves Apartments and the other for Woodside Apartments.
A police report says that numerous personal items -- including Christmas presents -- had been charged to these accounts from March 1991 to January.
The outstanding balance from Twin Coves was $11,908; from the Woodside account it was $7,334. The police report says no payments were ever made and the accounts were eventually closed. The bills had been sent tolocal offices and destroyed, the report says.
Two of the women who were arrested refused to talk to police.
One woman told police that she used the accounts for Christmas gifts, but said she thought she would be able to pay for what she charged.
Charged with credit card misuse and theft of more than $300 were:
* Joanne Hinsley, 34, of the 7800 block of Parke West Drive, Glen Burnie, the complex manager for the Woodside Apartments.
* April Lindsey, 31, of the unitblock of Yardley Court, Baltimore, the complex manager for the Twin Coves Apartments.
* Carol Shipman, 22, of the 100 block of Hammerlee Road, Glen Burnie, a rental agent for both complexes.
2ND ARREST MADE IN SUNDAY SHOOTING
County police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the shooting of a 19-year-old Washington man whowas seriously wounded on Sunday morning in Pioneer City.
Lamar Dontia Wallace, of the 1800 block of Arwell Court in Severn, already had been charged in a warrant with assault with intent to commit murder.
Wallace was arrested Tuesday afternoon at an apartment in the 600 block of Waterwheel Lane, in Millersville, and was being held yesterday without bail.
Another suspect, Ramon Edwards, 21, of the 1600block of St. Margaret's Road, Annapolis, was arrested Sunday afternoon in Meade Village. He also was charged with assault to commit murder.
Police said the gunshot victim, Jeremiah Wanamaker, was using apay phone in the 1800 block of Ritchfield Drive when he was approached by three men, two of them armed.
He was shot several times in the lower body.
Wannamaker's condition was upgraded yesterday from serious to fair at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.
Police said the shooting stemmed from a feud between Wanamaker and Edwards, but yesterday investigators still did not know what the argument was about.
A third suspect still is being sought.