Worker's condition critical after fall from roof trusses

August 31, 1994

A construction worker remained in critical condition yesterday after falling off roof trusses and plunging more than 30 feet onto the concrete of a basement being built for a home in the 3100 block of Gosheff Lane.

A second worker was injured by the falling trusses in the Monday morning accident.

Edson Vieira, 22, address unknown, was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday morning. Chief nTC Gary Sheckells, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said Mr. Vieira had "very serious cervical and spine injuries."

Mr. Vieira went into cardiac arrest because of his injuries and had to be revived by paramedics who took him to shock trauma, Chief Sheckells said.

The other worker, Jan Dir DeMoura, 32, of the 1000 block of Rockville Pike in Rockville, was in stable condition at North Arundel Hospital, police said. Chief Sheckells said Mr. DeMoura was suffering from head and shoulder injuries.

The incident happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. A witness told police Mr. Vieira was climbing a truss on top of the house's frame when the truss collapsed, police said.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency is investigating the accident.

Man armed with knife robs convenience store

A man suspected of using a butcher knife to rob a Dash In store in the 7800 block of Quarterfield Road in Severn was arrested yesterday, county police said.

The store clerk called police shortly before 3:30 a.m. yesterday and gave them a description of a man who robbed the store.

Officer Jeffrey Fratantuono was searching the Woodside Apartments when he saw a man who fit the description, police said. Officer Fratantuono ordered the man to stop, but the nab ran.

After a short chase, Officer Fratantuono caught the man and took him back to the scene, where the clerk identified him, police said.

Everett M. Washington, 25, of the 8300 block of Pioneer Drive was charged with armed robbery, police said.

Men attacked outside bar

An Odenton man was treated at North Arundel Hospital for a broken leg Saturday night after a brawl outside a bar, police said.

James Frederick Garner, 28, was leaving The Place in the 8300 block of Telegraph Road in Severn at 11 p.m. when two men attacked him and his friend, Don Roy Wall, 43, for no apparent reason, police said.

One of the men held Mr. Wall while the other punched and kicked Mr. Garner, police said. When Mr. Garner fell down, one of the men stomped on his knee. The men then got into a gray 1993 Pontiac with two other men and drove off.

Investigating officers traced the car's tags to a car rental agency in Frederick. Police are trying to find out who rented the car, police said.

A hospital spokesman said Mr. Garner was discharged Monday.

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