Silver Spring woman, 19, killed in crash in Howard
A 19-year-old Silver Spring woman was killed early yesterday when her car veered off Route 108 in Howard County and crashed into a telephone pole, county police said. Nina Edilia Maley was driving east near Trotter Road about 3 a.m. when her Toyota Camry went off the right side of Route 108. Maley, of the 2000 block of Mayflower Drive, was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. No one else was injured in the crash. Police said that they found alcohol in the vehicle and that Maley was not wearing a seat belt.
Car crashes into house in E. Baltimore, driver dies
A man died and two others sustained minor injuries yesterday when a car smashed into a house in East Baltimore after a two-vehicle accident, authorities said. After an initial accident between the two cars, one driver smashed into a house at Conkling and Fayette streets in the Baltimore Highlands community about 1:30 p.m., Agent Donnie Moses said. The other car nearly hit the house, too, said Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman. Robert Bethel, 48, died of cardiac arrest as he was being taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, authorities said. Two others in the cars suffered minor injuries, Cartwright said. Detectives with the city Police Department's accident investigation unit were trying to determine how the crash occurred. They also contacted a building inspector to check the structural integrity of the house, Moses said.
BGE restores power to most struck by windstorm
Power was restored by late yesterday to more than 90 percent of the 45,000 customers who had lost electricity in the New Year's Eve windstorm, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. Wind gusts of more than 50 mph on Wednesday knocked trees and limbs onto power lines, cutting electricity service across the region. About 700 BGE employees and contract personnel were involved in the restoration effort, according to BGE. By late yesterday afternoon, only 638 customers remained without power, most of them in Montgomery and Baltimore counties, a BGE spokeswoman said. The utility expected almost all customers to have their power restored by late last night.
Montgomery police want suspects' status checked
ROCKVILLE : Montgomery County police want county officials to give officers the authority to ask suspects arrested in violent crimes about their immigration status. Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and his senior staff are drafting a proposal on the policy. Plans call for allowing police to ask about immigration status when they arrest people for a weapons offense or violent crime, such as murder or kidnapping. Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy supports the proposal, saying it helps public safety. But Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, a Montgomery Democrat, says she and other immigrant advocates are opposed to the measure. County Executive Isiah Leggett's approval is needed for the proposal to go forward.