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July 24, 2009

Man dies in Laurel crash; passenger critically injured

A 20-year-old man died Wednesday after his car veered off a road and hit a utility pole in Laurel, Anne Arundel County police said. Oscar Ivan Patrinos Lara was driving his 1997 Volkswagen Golf with one passenger, Angelica Guillen Tovilla, 18, police said. Lara and Tovilla shared an address on Shiloh Court in Laurel, according to police. Lara was driving north in the 8300 block of Brock Bridge Road about 1:15 p.m. when the car crossed into the oncoming lane, nearly hitting other cars, police said. Lara lost control, veered off the right side of the road and hit a utility pole, police said. He was thrown from the car and died at the scene. Tovilla was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with critical injuries. Police are continuing to investigate.

- Sun staff

Manatee sighted in Susquehanna River

Ilya the wandering Miami manatee has been spotted again, this time swimming up the Susquehanna River. Ilya was photographed Wednesday near Perryville, where the Susquehanna empties into the upper Chesapeake Bay. The manatee was first seen earlier in the week in nearby Havre de Grace. The U.S. Geological Survey, which keeps a database of manatee photographs, says Ilya hadn't been seen outside the Miami area before arriving in Maryland. Jen Dittmar, stranding coordinator at the National Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Program, said the manatee spotted Wednesday was identified as Ilya based on photographs. Manatees are seen almost every year in the Chesapeake, and Ilya doesn't appear to be in any danger, although they can die if they don't return to warmer waters in the fall.

- Associated Press

Chancellor Kirwan to confer on cuts to university system

University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan will confer with the presidents of the system's campuses to decide how to handle cuts in state funding. The university system's Board of Regents voted Thursday to authorize the chancellor to allocate the cuts among the institutions. On Wednesday, the Board of Public Works voted to make a $17.7 million cut to the system's facilities renewal and operating expenses. The board also voted to cut $20 million from the system's fund balance. Kirwan will report back to the board on how the cuts will be allocated before they are due to the state July 31.

- Associated Press

Four reportedly killed as copter crashes onto I-70

A commercial helicopter crashed about 10:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 70 south of Hagerstown near Smithsburg, killing four people, according to emergency officials. The number of people on board besides the pilot was unclear, state police said. No names of victims were released. State police said the helicopter struck power lines above the interstate but the crash did not involve any vehicles on the roadway. East- and westbound traffic on I-70 between Routes 66 and 17 was detoured onto Route 40 while police investigated the crash scene.

- Richard Irwin and the Associated Press

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