Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

July 20, 2004

Medical condition of driver involved in crash to be probed

The county state's attorney's office will investigate whether the driver of a car that was involved in a crash in Arnold on Saturday in which six motorcyclists were injured suffered from a medical condition.

The Volvo station wagon driven by Gregory D. Fudge, 45, of Severna Park collided with three motorcycles Saturday morning as he was merging into a lane on southbound Ritchie Highway near Campus Drive, Anne Arundel County police said. Police said witnesses told them that the car did not appear to slow down as it merged or attempt to stop after it collided with the motorcycles, which were traveling in front of the car in a group with nine other motorcycles.

Some of the motorcyclists were off--duty active or retired police officers, police said, but they did not know from what departments or jurisdictions.

Police said witnesses told them Fudge appeared to be confused and disoriented after the crash. The state's attorney's office will review the case to determine whether Fudge has a medical condition that might have contributed to the crash, police said.

Injured were Joseph D. Kamberger Sr., 40, William D. Patterson, 44, Joseph D. Zebec Jr., 57, Peggy L. Kamberger, 34, Donna M. Patterson, 42, and Judy M. Hamrick, 47. They were treated at area hospitals and released.

Glen Burnie man, 25, dies of traffic accident injuries

A Glen Burnie man died Saturday of injuries he received in a traffic accident in Edgewater on Friday.

Timothy A. Ward, 25, was driving east on Central Avenue near Mayo Road at 5:20 p.m. when his 1997 Honda Accord drifted into the westbound lane on a curve and collided with a Ford Taurus, Anne Arundel County police said. He was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead early Saturday morning.

The driver of the other car, Betty J. Asher, 62, of Arlington, Va., was taken by helicopter to Prince George's Hospital Center, where she was in the intensive care unit yesterday. Her passenger, Kenneth E. Asher, 63, also of Arlington, was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released.

2 northern county men arrested on heroin charges

Two men accused of selling heroin from their house in northern Anne Arundel County were arrested Friday and charged with possession of the drug and intent to distribute.

The arrests of Michael Devilbiss, 48, and Richard Devilbiss, 49, both of Kramme Avenue ended a two--month investigation, county police said.

Police said they found $7,000 worth of suspected heroin, $100 worth of marijuana, smoking devices, syringes, $340 in cash and nine Ambien pills during the arrest. Ambien is a sleep aid.

Michael Devilbiss was being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis in lieu of $50,000 bail. Richard Devilbiss was being held there in lieu of $125,000 bail.

Jury deliberations start in child abuse case

Jurors began deliberating yesterday afternoon in the case of a 24-year-old Annapolis man who is accused of beating and sexually assaulting his 3-month-old daughter.

The Anne Arundel County jury heard two days of testimony. Prosecutors said the man injured the infant so severely that she was hospitalized for about 20 days. The Sun does not identify victims of sex crimes and is not identifying the father, who was baby-sitting while the child's mother was at work.

The defense presented no testimony in the trial before Circuit Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis but contended that the baby's mother could have caused the injuries. Deliberations are to resume this morning.

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