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November 24, 2009

Hit-and-run victim was Glen Burnie man

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A Glen Burnie man trying to cross a busy road Friday evening died after he was struck by a sport utility vehicle, Anne Arundel County police said. About 5:47 p.m., Gregory Scott Denton, 45, of the 500 block of Crain Highway was trying to cross to the west side of Ritchie Highway, just south of Sixth Avenue Northeast in Glen Burnie, according to police. At the same time, Jennifer Lynn Eichner, 34, of the 2900 block of Beaver Brooke Court in Pasadena was driving south on Ritchie Highway in a 2005 GMC Envoy, police said. Denton "failed to yield to the SUV when entering the roadway and was subsequently struck by the vehicle," according to Justin Mulcahy, a police spokesman. Denton was pronounced dead at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Based on their preliminary investigation, police said they believe alcohol use, pedestrian error and visibility issues were factors in the accident.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Route 90 bridge to Ocean City scheduled to reopen today

The Route 90 bridge to Ocean City, closed since mid-October for emergency repairs, will reopen about 10 a.m. today - just in time for Thanksgiving, the State Highway Administration has announced. The bridge, one of two connecting the mainland with the ocean resort, had been expected to remain closed through mid-December. The 38-year-old bridge over Assawoman Bay in Worcester County was closed after inspectors discovered deterioration in a girder on an 85-foot section of the span. While the bridge was being repaired, the U.S. 50 bridge was the only one serving the barrier island.

FOR THE RECORD - A headline on a digest item in Tuesday's paper incorrectly stated that the victim of an accident in Glen Burnie on Friday evening was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The driver of the vehicle that struck Gregory Scott Denton did not leave the scene of the accident.
The Sun regrets the error.

- Michael Dresser

Dead Howard Co. police officer's identity released

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The identity of a Howard County police officer found dead Sunday at her Columbia home was released Monday. Jennifer Cree, 31, was discovered by a relative, said police, who do not believe there was any foul play. Police are investigating the possibility that a medical condition might have contributed to the death of the eight-year veteran. "The entire Police Department family is saddened by Jennifer's death," Police Chief William J. McMahon said in a statement. "We are grateful for her service and extend our condolences to her family." Cree was recognized for outstanding work in memorandums of recognition in July 2002 and April 2003. She was nominated for Police Officer of the Month in December 2003. She is survived by her mother, sister and brother. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

- Don Markus

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