SUSQUEHANNA RIVER — No foul play suspected in woman's death
State Natural Resources Police identified a body found Thursday in a Harford County cove as that of a 73-year-old woman who apparently fell into the Susquehanna River as she walked along the bank.
Lillie Mae Townsend of the 1300 block of Old Post Road in Havre De Grace was found at 2:50 p.m. near a pier of Canvasback Cove, said Robert Gould, a spokesman for marine police.
Ms. Townsend was reported missing Wednesday after she went for a walk, Havre De Grace police said.
Police said no foul play is suspected and it appears Ms. Townsend lost her footing and fell into the water. A state medical examiner will perform an autopsy next week.
Governor signs helmet bill into law
Gov. William Donald Schaefer signed into law yesterday a bill that will require motorcyclists to wear helmets while riding on Maryland roadways beginning Oct. 1.
"Today, an historic day, we will [begin to] save lives," Mr. Schaefer said during a bill-signing ceremony.
House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., D-Kent, said passage of the helmet law represented a victory over special interest groups. "It's something that is not only going to save lives, but it will save the state a lot of money. I think it's the right thing to do," he said.
According to one study, Maryland taxpayers are forced to subsidize more than $16,000 in acute care costs for each rider hurt while not wearing a helmet.
2 Delaware men die in light plane crshs
A light plane crashed while attempting to land at fog-shrouded Frederick Municipal Airport yesterday morning, killing two Delaware men.
The Cessna 210 Centurion crashed in a heavily wooded area about two miles northeast of the Frederick Municipal airport, said state police Sgt. John Cutter of the Frederick barracks.
State Police and the Civil Air Patrol conducted the search for the missing plane. They found wreckage scattered over a 250-yard area.
The names of the victims were not released because their families had not been notified, he said.
FBI arrests 4 accused in stolen-check case
The FBI has arrested four people who allegedly cashed several Travelers Express money orders that had been reported stolen in August from a Baltimore credit union, authorities said.
Each of the four was charged with conspiracy to possess bank funds, after several of the stolen checks were cashed for between $200 and $300 apiece, said FBI spokesman Andrew S. Manning.
Ninety-one money orders were stolen Aug. 22 after burglars broke into the South Baltimore Community Federal Credit Union in the 700 block of Washington Boulevard, Mr. Manning said.
Arrested Thursday was Joseph Shawn McAbee, 28, of Severn. Three others were arrested in October, including city residents Rose Marie Rogers, 38, and John O'Brien, 31, as well as Kathryn Shannon Durden, 26, of Severn, the FBI said.
Virginia resident holds $3 million ticket
A resident of Fairfax, Va., held the winning ticket for Wednesday's $3 million Lotto jackpot, Maryland lottery officials reported yesterday.
The winner was identified as R. Page. The winning ticket was purchased at Frank's Tavern in Prince George's County.
The winning numbers were 17-21-22-33-40-46.
FOR THE RECORD
A city grand jury yesterday indicted a 33-year-old Baltimore woman in connection with a hit-and-run accident Feb. 14 that killed a pedestrian in the 6100 block of Harford Road. Deanna Deering of the 5700 block of Plainfield Avenue is charged with manslaughter by automobile, the city state's attorney's office reported. George Richard Bittner, 31, of the 7800 block of Bon Air Road, Hillendale, was killed in the accident.