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January 30, 2008

Police release name of woman who died in Md. crash

POINT OF ROCKS, Md. - Police released the name Wednesday of the driver killed in a Tuesday afternoon collision with a tractor trailer on U.S. 15.

Jennifer Ballard Koch, 47, of Haymarket, Va., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, Maryland State Police in Frederick said.

Koch was driving south on U.S. 15 in a Ford minivan when southbound traffic began to slow near the intersection with Md. 464, police said. The driver of a Buick passenger car behind the minivan failed to control its speed and struck the rear of the minivan, forcing it into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer, police said.

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The driver of the Buick, Akram Ali Abutaa, 19, of Asburn, Va., was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision and negligent driving, police said.

Playstation 3 stolen from Pa. home

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A PlayStation 3 was stolen Friday from a home in the first block of East Baltimore Street, Greencastle Police said in a news release.

Also missing were three PlayStation controllers, an electric cable wire for video gaming in high-definition, and the video game "Madden 08" for PlayStation, police said. The stolen items were valued at $896, police said. The burglary occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 6:10 p.m., police said.

Driver loses control on icy Pa. road

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A driver lost control on an icy roadway Saturday morning and hit a guardrail, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

The driver was not injured in the crash, which happened at about 6:53 a.m. on Peach Orchard Road about a half-mile from Breezy Point Road in Licking Creek Township, police said.

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