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April 28, 2005

Body found in river was missing woman's

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A body found in the North Branch of the Potomac River has been identified as the remains of a Cumberland woman missing since early January, police said Wednesday.

The Maryland State Medical examiner's office has yet to determine the cause of Brenda Jean Myers' death, said a spokesman for Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations, a unit composed of state and local police.

Two fishermen found the body of the 41-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon at Black Oak Bottom near the West Virginia bank of the river.

Myers had been missing since Jan. 6. Her car was pulled from the river in Keyser, W.Va., Jan. 7.

Frederick County power plant OK'd

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Public Service Commission has given final approval to a new power plant to be built in Frederick County.


The 600-megawatt, natural-gas-fired generator in the Buckeystown area will be built by Sempra Energy Corp. of San Diego on the grounds of the Alcoa Eastalco aluminum-smelting complex south of Frederick.

Sempra officials say they expect to start the two-year construction process late this year or early next year, after they have found wholesale buyers for the electricity.

I-95 crash kills 3

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) - Three people were killed and one person was seriously injured Wednesday when a Harford County government van carrying passengers to a dialysis treatment center collided with the rear of a tractor trailer on Interstate 95 near the Maryland House rest area.

The early morning accident closed parts of the highway for the morning rush hour, creating a backup of several miles for commuters heading south toward Baltimore, state police said.

Maryland State Police identified the victims as van driver Bonnie Hurlbut, 53, of Conowingo; passenger Damon Brown, 52, of Havre de Grace, and passenger Ralph Biggs, 57, of Havre de Grace. Hurlbut and Brown died at the scene, while Biggs died shortly after he arrived at Harford Memorial Hospital, police said in a news release.

A fourth person injured in the crash, van passenger Benjamin F. Gilmore, 70, of Aberdeen, was being treated at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

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