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April 29, 2009

Overlea woman dies after crash


An 88-year-old Overlea woman was killed Tuesday afternoon after the car she was driving was struck in the side by a sport utility vehicle on Taylor Avenue in Parkville, Baltimore County police said. Dorothy Esther Mather of the 4100 block of Taylor Ave. was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital shortly after the collision, which occurred about 12:20 p.m. near Oak Avenue, police said. A Nissan Pathfinder driven by Melissa Cameron Hults-Mokros, 30, of the 4000 block of Marjeff Place in Overlea, was eastbound on Taylor when the vehicle struck a center median and a tree and then hit the driver's door of Mather's Buick Le Sabre, police said. Hults-Mokros was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with possible non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The crash remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Human trafficking charges brought


A Millersville man has been charged with human trafficking, accused of luring a 16-year-old from her Ohio home to take her to a "party" and then forcing her to work as a prostitute in his apartment, according to court documents. Police said that Craig Allen Corey, 25, was also charged with several counts of prostitution and drug possession after Anne Arundel County police raided his apartment in the 600 block of Millwright Court. According to the documents, an undercover officer answering a Craigslist ad for "erotic services" was led to the apartment Friday. Once the officer was in the apartment, he gave a woman $100 and she took off her clothes. At a signal from the officer, an arrest team raided the apartment.

Julie Scharper

Judge rejects attempt to stop building school


A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge denied a motion Tuesday for a temporary restraining order to halt the building of a new Towson elementary school. Judge Judith C. Ensor said she was not persuaded that the project, West Towson Elementary, posed "immediate, substantial and irreparable harm" to the four Towson families who filed suit against the Board of Education last week. The residents contend the board failed to comply with laws and policies in deciding to build the school. A restraining order would have stopped the board from proceeding until a hearing could be held on another motion, for a preliminary injunction that would halt the construction process until a decision is made on the merits of the residents' case. Recognizing "there is some urgency," Ensor granted a motion to shorten the response time to the plaintiffs' injunction request, setting a May 6 deadline.

Arin Gencer

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