Two hurt in weekend crash upgraded to stable condition

August 11, 1998

Two retired Navy captains injured in a car accident Saturday afternoon after a Naval Academy reunion were upgraded to stable condition yesterday at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Toxey H. Califf of Alexandria, Va., and James P. Keane of Arlington, Va., both 69, were upgraded from critical condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Califf suffered head injuries and Keane suffered multiple internal injuries in the accident at 3: 30 p.m. Saturday.

The men's wives -- Martha Califf, 68, and Margaret Keane, 69 -- died at the accident scene. Police said the two couples were driving south on Solomons Island Road in southern Anne Arundel County when their Pontiac Bonneville crossed the center line and collided head on with a minivan.

The Califfs and Keanes had been heading home after attending a ceremony and buffet lunch at the Naval Academy, to which the Class of 1952 had been invited.

Shirley Wells, 59, of Lothian, the wife of the minivan driver, died at the scene and her husband, Robert Wells, 65, remained in critical condition at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday.

Pair sought in robbery of 7-Eleven on Sunday

County police are looking for two men between ages 18 and 20 who robbed Severna Park 7-Eleven early Sunday and fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

The two men entered the store at the 400 block of Jumpers Hole Road just after 4 a.m. Sunday, with one brandishing a black semiautomatic pistol, police said. The men took money from the cash register after ordering the clerk to open it and told the clerk to lie face down on the floor before they fled, police said.

Police said both men were about 5 feet 10, thin, with black scarves pulled over their faces. One wore a royal blue hooded jacket and the other wore a black jacket and jeans, police said.

15-year-old beaten and robbed of necklace

A 15-year-old Pasadena boy was beaten and robbed of a gold necklace and pager behind a Pasadena shopping center Sunday night by a group of seven or eight assailants who were reportedly wearing ski masks, police said.

The boy was walking with two other teen-age friends behind Lauers Shopping Center on Old Crown Drive near Edwin Raynor Boulevard about 11 p.m. when the group attacked, punching and kicking him, police said.

Police said the group took the youth's necklace and pager and fled.

The youth suffered a cut above his left eye but did not require medical treatment, police said. His two friends ran away and were not hurt, police said.

Pub Date: 8/11/98

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