Around The Region

August 09, 2009

Two die as small plane crashes in Carroll

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A Davidsonville man and an Edgewater woman were killed Saturday morning when their two-seat sport aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from a grass airstrip in northwestern Carroll County, according to Maryland State Police. Robert H. Kociemba, 61, and Letty Williams, 66, were pronounced dead at the scene by members of the Taneytown Fire Department. It will be up to the Federal Aviation Administration to determine the cause of the crash, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said. The FAA sent officials to the scene on Saturday. State police and Taneytown firefighters responded to the crash near the Keymar Airpark at about 7:30 a.m., Shipley said. They found wreckage in a cornfield at the intersection of Sharrett Road and Francis Scott Key Highway, about a quarter of a mile from the airstrip. Witnesses told police that the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, Shipley said. Shipley said the owner of the private airport told him that Kociemba rented a hangar and flew two or three times a week. Shipley said the airport owner identified the airplane as a Golden Circle Air T-Bird II, manufactured in Iowa.

- Childs Walker

Choptank bridge to honor Gov. Harry R. Hughes

Gov. Martin O'Malley will help dedicate a bridge over the Choptank River on Sunday to former Gov. Harry R. Hughes. The Caroline County Democrat, who was the state's first secretary of transportation before serving two terms as governor from 1979 to 1987, is expected to attend the ceremony. The bridge, which carries Route 404 over the river in Denton, will be the third piece of transportation-related infrastructure to bear his name, after the Department of Transportation headquarters in Hanover and an Interstate 95 rest stop in Laurel.

- Childs Walker

Police: Corrections officer tells family she is safe

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A Baltimore corrections officer thought to be abducted has made contact with her family and is safe, Baltimore Police said Saturday. Baltimore detectives were searching for Angelique Jones, 32, after a witness reported seeing her shoved into a dark conversion van about 5 p.m. Friday at Wabash Avenue and West Northern Parkway. Her family was concerned because Jones and her companion have a history of domestic incidents, police said. But police said that after Jones contacted her family, they're satisfied she was not abducted. "We're comfortable that she's OK," said Detective Nicole Monroe.

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