Digest

November 30, 2007

Two Pasadena men are killed in truck crash

Anne Arundel County police say speed and alcohol were factors in an early-morning crash that killed two young Pasadena men yesterday.

Jason Tucker Coburn, 19, of the 300 block of Dutchship Road and Michael Joseph Medura, 21, of the 8300 block of Forest Drive were pronounced dead at the scene after their 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 failed to negotiate a curve on Mountain Road, crossed the center line and struck a large tree.

The truck kept going, cutting through several front yards and spinning until it hit a second tree and came to a stop in a front yard in the 4400 block of Mountain Road, near Meehling Road.

Coburn, identified as the driver and owner of the vehicle, and Medura had to be pulled from the wreckage by firefighters.

Coburn was a volunteer firefighter in Prince George's County, an active member of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department in Capitol Heights, fire spokesman Mark Brady confirmed.

The organization posted an item about Coburn's death on its Web site yesterday, the second death of a member this month.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore

: Weather

City departments spell out snow plans

Baltimore officials say they are ready for snow.

Representatives from the departments of Transportation, Recreation and Parks, and Public Works met yesterday to spell out the city's plans for dealing with winter.

Transportation officials say Baltimore's snow budget for this season is $3.5 million, which includes money for 300 workers, 263 plows and other vehicles, and 15,200 tons of salt.

This month, crews conducted mock plowing and driving exercises on city streets to ensure they are ready. In addition, officials ask that residents update their supplies of fresh batteries, flashlights, blankets and bottled water.

"Keep emergency supplies in vehicles throughout winter months," Transportation Director Alfred H. Foxx said in a statement.

For snow updates and more information, call 410-396-7669 or go to www.396snow.com.

Anne Arundel

: Pasadena

Possible drowning is investigated

Anne Arundel County police were investigating a possible drowning yesterday after a Pasadena man discovered his 51-year-old wife floating unconscious in a creek behind their home.

Officers responded to the 1900 block of Poplar Ridge Road, on a narrow peninsula bordered by Back Creek and Main Creek, about 12:15 p.m. after the husband found his wife's partially submerged body on the beach and called police, according to Capt. Robert Johnson, commander of the Eastern District.

Johnson said the couple had a "domestic situation" the night before, but police stressed that the case was not being treated as a homicide. Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a county police spokesman, said no additional details were available.

Property records and neighbors identified the residents as John and Mary Jo Hartlove, who have lived on the 1-acre property since 2003. It's also listed as the address for a machinery tools business.

A neighbor said that the property had been cordoned off, and crime lab trucks and detectives were on the property into the evening.

Justin Fenton

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