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'Free-Range Kids' Again Picked Up by Authorities

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv's kids were in a park near their home

(Newser) - It's not the first time Rafi and Dvora Meitiv have been picked up by authorities. This time, the Maryland kids, ages 10 and 6, were found at a park around 5pm yesterday; officials took them in after a bystander reported they were on their own. The park was about... More »

Cops: Woman Left Disabled Son in Woods, Saw Lover

Adult son is found dehydrated with a Bible and wheelchair

(Newser) - A woman left her quadriplegic son, who has cerebral palsy, in the woods for several days and went to visit her boyfriend in Maryland, police said yesterday. The 21-year-old son was found lying in the leaves covered with a blanket next to a wheelchair and a Bible near Cobbs Creek... More »

Utility: Dad Who Died With 7 Kids Had Stolen Meter

He wasn't cut off for not paying bills, power company says

(Newser) - The utility that cut off power to a Maryland home days before Rodney Todd and his seven children were found dead says it didn't cut him off for not paying bills—because it never sent him any. Delmarva Power says it shut off power to the rented home in... More »

Wrong Exit May Have Led to Deadly NSA Encounter

Reportedly stolen car and cross-dressing men add to the mystery

(Newser) - More pieces of the puzzle are coming together as to why two men reportedly dressed as women rammed an NSA gate yesterday morning, resulting in gunfire and the death of one of the suspects. Police are now speculating that the driver of the stolen Ford Escape may have made a... More »

Let's Build $8M Fake White House: Secret Service

Agency wants mansion facsimile to serve as training grounds for recruits

(Newser) - Stung by breach after breach after breach after gaffe at the White House, the Secret Service is asking Congress for $8 million—so it can build another White House. New Director Joseph Clancy will today ask the House Appropriations Committee for $8 million to construct a detailed replica of the... More »

Inmate Found Dead in Steam-Filled Cell

Maryland death a mystery but not murder, officials say

(Newser) - Investigators are pretty sure that an inmate found dead in a steam-filled cell wasn't murdered, but they can't explain just what happened to Louis Leysath. The 35-year-old was found in his cell at Maryland's Jessup Correctional Institution on Friday, and a prison spokesman says the death was... More »

Police Theory Emerges in 40-Year-Old Case of Missing Girls

Sex offender says he was with Lyon sisters the day they went missing: affidavits

(Newser) - Some four decades after two girls went missing in Montgomery County, Maryland, no one has been charged in the case. But in newly unsealed affidavits, police outline a theory of what might have happened to the Lyon sisters , the Washington Post reports. Sheila, 12, and Katherine, 10, disappeared after a... More »

Inside, a Basketball Game; Outside, a Shooting

2 teens shot outside Frederick High School in Maryland

(Newser) - Two teens were shot outside a basketball game at Frederick High School in Maryland last night, and as of this morning police were still looking for the shooter or shooters, who are believed to have escaped on foot. "Gunshots going off around a gym packed with kids," is... More »

Cops: Teen Hit Deer Then Shot Good Samaritan

He was arrested hours into his 18th birthday

(Newser) - Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened by the side of a road in Maryland's Pocomoke Forest on Friday night—but they know that suspect Kenny George White did not have a good 18th birthday. Police say that about an hour before White turned 18 at... More »

2-Month-Old Christmas Tree Blamed for Mansion Fire

Home engulfed in minutes when fire hit dried-out tree

(Newser) - The investigation into the huge blaze that killed a Maryland couple and their four grandchildren earlier this month has pinned the blame on a major fire hazard right in the middle of the mansion's "Great Room": A 2-month-old, 15-foot Christmas tree. Fire officials say an electrical failure ignited... More »

2 Bodies Found in Mansion's Charred Ruins

4 still missing in burned-down Maryland castle

(Newser) - Investigators found the bodies of two unidentified people yesterday in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, a fire official says. Cadaver dogs and searchers found the bodies, and four people remain unaccounted for, the county fire department spokesman says. "I... More »

How Did a $6M 'Castle' Just Burn to the Ground?

Annapolis investigators still have more questions than answers

(Newser) - What started the Monday blaze that consumed a 16,000-square-foot Annapolis mansion that locals called "The Castle"? Why were there apparently no smoke alarms or sprinklers in such a well-appointed home? And, perhaps most distressingly, where are owners Donald and Sandra Pyle and their four grandkids, feared dead... More »

Couple, 4 Grandkids Feared Dead in Mansion Fire

Tech exec Don Pyle, wife lived in 16K-square-foot Maryland home

(Newser) - Technology exec Don Pyle, his wife, and four grandchildren are feared dead in a huge blaze that destroyed a mansion in Annapolis. Some 85 firefighters spent hours early Monday morning battling the fire at the 16,000-square-foot castle-like home, using tanker trucks and a fire boat because there were no... More »

Cops Called After Parents Let Kids Walk Home Alone

Maryland couple says they want kids 10, 6 to learn independence

(Newser) - A climate-science expert and a physicist for the NIH say they're trying to teach their kids how to be independent and self-reliant. So they're baffled why they're being investigated for neglect by Maryland's Child Protective Services for allowing their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter to play... More »

Pol to Press: You Need Permission to Use My Name

Maryland council member's rant does not go over well

(Newser) - A county lawmaker in Maryland is getting a very public lesson in freedom of the press after his angry Facebook post. This is what Frederick County Council Member Kirby DeLauter first wrote to reporter Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News-Post : "So let me be clear, do not contact me... More »

US Vet Tries to Overthrow Gambian President

Papa Faal faces charges for violating the Neutrality Act

(Newser) - Papa Faal, code name "Fox," is a Gambian and US citizen, married father, ITT Tech instructor, and US veteran. And last month, he allegedly tried and failed to overthrow Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, the Daily Beast reports. Yesterday, Faal, 46, faced Neutrality Act violation charges in a Minnesota... More »

Lottery Luck Strikes Twice for Maryland Truck Driver

39-year-old dad won $250K in 2005

(Newser) - A Maryland truck driver has won his second lottery in a decade. The 39-year-old—who has remained anonymous—claimed his $2.85 million Multi-Match winnings on Saturday, the Baltimore Sun reports. "It's great to be back," he said. The man apparently pops into stores along his route... More »

Episcopal Bishop Fatally Hit Cyclist, Drove Off: Cops

She returned after other bikers tracked her down: reporter

(Newser) - The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland's No. 2 official was the driver in an accident that killed a cyclist in Baltimore on Saturday, the church says. Thomas Palermo, 41, died in the accident, and the driver at first left the scene, witnesses and police have said. But she came back... More »

University to Rejected Students: 'Embrace the YES!'

Johns Hopkins apologizes to 294 students who received erroneous email

(Newser) - "Embrace the YES!" is the encouraging message sent over the weekend to college applicants who had recently been told … no. Hence the confusion at Johns Hopkins University, which on Sunday mistakenly sent a cheery email to 285 students who had already been denied admission, the Washington Post... More »

Mom, 2 Sons Also Died When Plane Destroyed House

The pilot, a health CEO, had crashed a plane before

(Newser) - A private jet that crashed into a house in Maryland today not only killed its three passengers but took the lives of a woman and her two sons living inside, WJLA reports. The woman, 36-year-old Marie Gemmell—who posted on Facebook today that she just wanted to stay home with... More »

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