City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 29, 2006

Laurel man indicted in fatal crash

A Howard County grand jury indicted a Laurel man accused of driving while drunk and causing an accident that killed a Marine and his friend in Columbia on Thanksgiving, prosecutors said. Police said Eduardo Raul Morales-Soriano, 25, of the 6300 block of Sandy St., drove a Nissan Sentra into the rear of a Toyota Corolla stopped at a traffic signal at Routes 175 and 108. The collision fatally injured the Corolla's driver, Jennifer Bower, 24, of Montgomery County and her passenger, Marine Cpl. Brian Mathews, 21, of Columbia. Mathews, who was stationed in San Diego and had served eight months in Iraq, was home for Thanksgiving. Morales-Soriano's blood-alcohol level was 0.32, which is four times the legal limit, according to charging documents. The grand jury indictment, which was released by prosecutors yesterday, includes two counts of vehicular manslaughter and homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Morales-Soriano also is charged with reckless and negligent driving. He remains in the Howard County Detention Center on an $830,000 bond, prosecutors said.

Tyrone Richardson

Anne Arundel: B-W Parkway

2 killed in collision near Route 197

Two people were killed yesterday in a head-on collision on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Laurel, police said. A woman southbound in a tan Chevy Cavalier crossed the median near the Route 197 exit at 5:50 a.m. into the northbound lanes and crashed into a white Infiniti sedan and a blue Toyota pickup. She and the male driver of the sedan were pronounced dead on the scene, police said. The male driver of the pickup was not injured, and a male passenger had minor injuries. Names of the deceased were withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. Scott Fear, spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, which is responsible for the parkway.

Bradley Olson

Harford County: Havre de Grace

Man struck, killed by Amtrak train

An unidentified man was struck and killed early Wednesday morning in Havre de Grace by an Amtrak train, a spokeswoman for the rail service confirmed yesterday. The man was killed instantly after being struck about 12:30 a.m. near Havre de Grace Middle School by a train traveling south from Boston. Rail service was delayed for nearly three hours as police investigated. An autopsy will be performed.

Justin Fenton

Harford County: Street

Reward offered in death of horse

Harford County sheriff's deputies are offering a reward for information on a 10-year-old mare found dead Wednesday from a gunshot wound. The mare was found shortly before 7 p.m. in a pasture behind a home in the 3000 block of Sandy Hook Road in Street, according to the agency. Investigators determined the mare had sustained a single gunshot wound to the left abdomen, though it was unknown whether the shooting was intentional or the result of a hunting accident. The horse, a family pet, was valued at about $5,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Harford County Crime Solvers tip line, 888-540-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore: St. Ignatius Church

Interfaith service for New Year's Eve

St. Ignatius Church is holding its 14th New Year's Eve Interfaith Service at 8 p.m. Sunday The service, which includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim participants, will begin with 30 minutes of music, followed by a one-hour service. Kirk Gaddy, principal of St. Katharine's School in East Baltimore, is to deliver the sermon. The church is at Calvert and Madison streets. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Information or tickets: 410-727-3848.

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