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Slain immigrant's remains to be returned to El Salvador

The remains of a Salvadoran immigrant whose husband killed their four children and himself in their Frederick townhouse will be flown today to her native country, the Salvadoran consul general said yesterday.

The W.H. Bacon Funeral Home in Washington sent the skeletal remains of Deysi M. Benitez to Taca International Airlines yesterday to be flown from Washington Dulles International Airport to San Salvador, Consul General Ana Margarita Chavez said.

Benitez, 25, and her husband, Pedro Rodriguez, were from the farming community of Sensuntepeque, where he and their children were laid to rest just over a year ago.

Benitez's remains were found Feb. 29 in a shallow grave in a wooded area near Emmitsburg, about 20 miles north of Frederick. She died of asphyxiation, according to the state medical examiner's office.

Police have said they believe Rodriguez, 28, killed Benitez near the time that he killed their children and hanged himself in March 2007, after learning he would lose his job at a door manufacturing plant. Their three daughters - Elsa, 9; Vanessa, 4; and Carena, 1 - were smothered. Their 3-year-old son, Angel, died of a blow to the head. All four children were found in their beds.

Frederick police Detective Sgt. Bruce C. DeGrange said yesterday that he had nothing new to report on his agency's joint investigation with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office into Benitez's death.

Associated Press


: Government

'Capitals for a Day' for rest of '08 named

Gov. Martin O'Malley and the mayors of eight municipalities announced yesterday the locations of nearly a dozen cities around the state that will become "Capitals for a Day" during each month of the rest of the year.

The program, in which the governor and his Cabinet members visit a city and "run state government," brought the Annapolis crowd to Salisbury, La Plata and Bel Air last year. This year, they will visit Hagerstown, Chestertown, Leonardtown, Pocomoke City, the Prince George's County "Port Towns," Cumberland, Gaithersburg and Ellicott City.

Visits will begin in May and end in December - just before the start of the 2009 General Assembly session, when the State House is scheduled to reopen.

Flanked by more than a dozen mayors and local officials from these areas at the Maryland Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Annapolis, O'Malley said that declaring the towns Capitals for a Day would provide a link between state and local government.

"We could not have looked ourselves in the mirror if we solved the state's fiscal problems by simply letting it roll down to our counties and our towns and our municipalities," he said. "Unless big government and the decisions we make here are relevant and having an impact on the quality of life on our towns and our cities, then we're not doing our job."

Bradley Olson


: Roland Park

Closing announced on Linkwood Road

Linkwood Road between University Parkway and Ridgemede Road in Roland Park will be closed through July 14 so that crews can make repairs to sewer lines.

Work began on the North Baltimore road yesterday, according to the city's Department of Transportation.

Motorists headed south on Linkwood Road will be detoured west onto Ridgemede Road, south onto Tuscany Road, east onto Canterbury Road and west onto University Parkway.

Traffic headed north on Linkwood is being diverted north onto Canterbury Road, west onto Tuscany Road and north back onto Linkwood Road.

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