Westminster man, 72, critically injured when he is struck by runaway tractor

September 18, 1997

A 72-year-old Westminster man was critically injured at his home yesterday when he apparently tried to stop a runaway tractor, state police said.

Roy Clinton Stonesifer of the 300 block of Littlestown Pike was transported by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was critical but stable, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

Trooper Christina Becker of the Westminster barracks said she was unable to interview Stonesifer, but it appeared he had unhooked a mower from the tractor before it began to roll forward down a steep incline. Stonesifer apparently tried to stop the tractor and was run over, she said.

Man's sentence reduced in Westminster assault

A Westminster man sent to prison for breaking into a Westminster home and threatening its occupants with a pistol in February 1996 had all but 18 months of his four-year sentence suspended yesterday.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. granted the sentence modification to Victor D. Jackson, 26, after hearing that Jackson's wife, who is seriously ill, is caring for their three children and that Jackson has five more children to support.

Jackson, who has been in prison 11 months, will be transferred to the Carroll County Detention Center to begin the modified term of 18 months. He will be allowed to apply for work release.

Court records show Jackson was convicted in May after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment, assault and use of a handgun.

Police

Westminster: A Robins Way resident told police Tuesday that his vehicle was damaged while it was parked at his home. Damage was estimated at $800.

Westminster: An employee at Montgomery Ward Auto Express told police that property was stolen from a storage trailer Monday or Tuesday. The loss was estimated at $1,715.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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