Wendy's in Millersville reopens after crash$MILLERSVILLE...


August 22, 1993

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY MILLERSVILLE — Wendy's in Millersville reopens after crash


MILLERSVILLE -- The Wendy's restaurant that was damaged Friday when a car crashed into the dining area, injuring 21 customers, reopened for business yesterday.

A company official had told reporters after the accident that the restaurant, in the 8200 block of Veterans Highway, would be shut down indefinitely while engineers checked on the building's structural integrity.

But a manager, Terry Rzegocki, said that damage was not as severe as first thought and all repairs were made by lunchtime yesterday.

Academy educators try to organize senate


ANNAPOLIS -- After complaints that morale had sunk to a low ebb, some Naval Academy educators are trying to organize a faculty senate for civilian and military teachers.

The Civilian Faculty Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote Aug. 30 on the creation of a faculty senate. If the new group is approved, the committee and another teachers' organization, the Faculty Forum, would dissolve, said Phil Warken, a history professor who is spearheading the move.

The senate would represent the academy's 320 civilian and 280 military teachers.

Faculty morale plummeted in the wake of a cheating scandal in which 28 midshipmen were accused in February of passing around copies of the fall final exam in an engineering class and the administration's unsuccessful attempt to blame one professor.

Armed robbery attempt leaves man wounded



BALTIMORE -- A 21-year-old city man was shot and seriously wounded early yesterday during an armed robbery attempt on a street in East Baltimore, city police said.

About 4:15 a.m., a man approached Derrick Stewart from behind in the 1700 block of Orleans St., pointed a handgun at him and ordered: "Kick out the money," said police Lt. George Mitchell of the Eastern District.

A struggle erupted, and Mr. Stewart was shot at least once, police reported.

The gunman fled in a white vehicle, police said. An off-duty officer who moonlights at nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital saw the bloodied victim in the 400 block of N. Broadway and called for an ambulance.

Mr. Stewart, who lives in the 1700 block of E. Fayette St., was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition last night, a nurse said.

Pastor found fatally shot in apparent suicide



BRADSHAW -- The pastor of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church was found dead yesterday morning, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, Baltimore County police reported.

The Rev. Thomas William Smith, 68, was found dead on the floor of his room in the rectory in the 8000 block of Bradshaw Road about 10:10 a.m. by a colleague. A 12-gauge shotgun was nearby, police said.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman, said the priest left a note indicating that he was distraught over his mother's death in December and his inability to attend her funeral.

Officials at the church, in the 8000 block of Bradshaw Road, could not be reached for comment.

Pa. man, 21, killed in head-on collision



PYLESVILLE -- A 21-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed and two of his friends seriously injured yesterday when a van collided head-on with their vehicle at the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line.

Terry Seiple, of Red Lion, Pa., was pronounced dead at the scene from severe head injuries he sustained during the collision, which occurred shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday on Route 165 (Pylesville Road), State Trooper Thomas Wardrope said.

Mr. Seiple's friends, 20-year-old driver Brett Laughman, of Dallastown, Pa., and front-seat passenger Melissa Flaharty, 20, of Airville, Pa., were flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Mr. Laughman was listed in critical condition, and Ms. Flaharty was listed in fair and stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The friends were traveling south when a van driven north by John Bonham, 17, of Whiteford crossed the center line and struck Mr. Laughman's 1977 Ford Mustang, police said.

The Bonham youth was treated for minor injuries at a locahospital and released. The accident is under investigation, police said.

Woman injured by shot fired through her home



GAITHERSBURG -- A 24-year-old woman was wounded early yesterday when a bullet whizzed into her bedroom and through her chest as she sat on her bed, Montgomery County police said.

The round apparently was fired from a handgun outside, police said. The bullet passed through the wall of the woman's townhouse in the 8300 block of Fairhaven Drive and penetrated the upper left portion of her chest, police said.

The bullet was recovered inside a shoe in her closet.

The woman was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where she was treated for a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening, police said. Her identity was not released, pending notification of relatives.

Three rounds struck another townhouse, but no one was injured, police said.

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