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August 12, 2009

Two Md. women die in N.C. collision

Two Maryland women were killed and seven other passengers injured in a head-on collision Sunday near Vanceboro, N.C., according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Authorities said Loriann Bobotek, 47, of the 4000 block of Hopi Court in Ellicott City was driving a Dodge Caravan south on U.S. 17 when she attempted to pass a vehicle on the two-lane highway. Bobotek's van slammed into a Mitsubishi Montero driven by Christina Sonn, 35, of the 3000 block of Edwards Ave. in Parkville, according to authorities. Both drivers died shortly after the 6:30 p.m. crash. Four passengers in Bobotek's van and three occupants of Sonn's sport utility vehicle were taken to a hospital in Greenville, N.C., with undisclosed injuries, a highway patrol spokesman said. Five of the passengers have since been released from the hospital.

- Brent Jones

Westminster man dies after his cycle, truck collide

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A 32-year-old Westminster man died Tuesday morning from injuries sustained a day earlier in a crash involving his motorcycle and a pickup truck, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Dennis Michael Henley Jr., a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority police officer, died at York (Pa.) Hospital after the Monday night crash, which was reported about 9:45 p.m., the sheriff's office said. Henley was riding north on Route 97 when he was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, according to the sheriff's office. Investigators determined that the driver of the pickup, George Chochos, 49, of Westminster failed to yield the right of way as he crossed Route 97 while traveling west on Bartholow Road, the sheriff's office said. Chochos was not injured. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the sheriff's office. Charges against Chochos are pending the outcome of a sheriff's office traffic homicide investigation. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Cpl. Mike Zepp at 410-386-2900.

- Liz F. Kay

Harford County opens cooling centers to public

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Harford County's department of community services is inviting county citzens to a number of air-conditioned senior activity centers today, when heat-index values are expected to reach near 105 degrees. The department is making the following centers publicly available between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.: Aberdeen Senior Activity Center, 7 Franklin St., Abingdon; Edgewood Senior Activity Center, 1000 Gateway Drive, Edgewood; Highland Senior Activity Center, 708 Highland Road, Street; Havre de Grace Activity Center, 351 Lewis Lane, Havre de Grace; and McFaul Activities Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air.

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