June 23, 2008

Cecil County


Woman dies of injuries from fire

An Elkton woman died yesterday of injuries she suffered during a fire at her home Wednesday.

The state fire marshal's office says Kathie Wilson, 54, died yesterday morning at the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It started in a sofa in the living room of Wilson's mobile home.

Neighbors found Wilson lying on her kitchen floor after the fire broke out early Wednesday. She suffered smoke inhalation and third-degree burns to 50 percent of her body.

Associated Press

Howard County


Elkridge man, 19 killed in crash

A 19-year-old Elkridge man was killed early yesterday in Columbia when his speeding car hit another car parked on the opposite side of the road, according to Howard County police.

Cesar A. Vallacillo of the 1700 block of Brookdale Drive was pronounced dead at the scene soon after the 5:05 a.m. crash. Vallacillo was heading east in his 1992 Toyota Celica on Tamar Drive near North Slope Path. The Celica partially overturned after hitting the parked car and Vallacillo was thrown from the vehicle. Police are investigating the crash and said that excessive speed was a probably factor.

Stephanie Desmon



Construction begins on ICC bridge

Motorists could face traffic delays in Rockville as construction begins on a bridge in the first stage of the $2.4 billion Intercounty Connector highway.

Drivers are advised to plan ahead for double-lane closures and intermittent 15-minute total closures of Shady Grove Road south of Tupelo Drive/Epsilon Drive.

Construction is planned from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., from Sunday through Wednesday. It will resume again June 29-July 2; July 8-10; and July 13-17.

Double-lane closures are scheduled between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights until July 17. Intermittent 15-minute roadway closures are also expected.

The highway will eventually run through Montgomery and northern Prince George's counties.

Associated Press


Miss Maryland

Winner hopes to launch film career

Louise Schlegel has her eyes on Hollywood. Winning the Miss America pageant is a more recent dream.

Schlegel, a 20-year-old rising senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was crowned Miss Maryland 2008 on Saturday and will compete in Miss America in January.

Schlegel is an acting major at UMBC, and she says she hopes the pageant will give her valuable experience as she tries to launch a film career. She's excited about the reality TV show that the 52 Miss America competitors will participate in.

Schlegel's platform is "Adoption is an Option, Not a Last Resort." She says more people should consider adoption as a way to expand their families and help children in need. She has an adopted older brother named Christopher.

Associated Press

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