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Cops: 3 Children Found Dead in Home Outside Washington DC

No arrest has been made

(Newser) - No arrest has been made in the slayings of three girls under the age of 10 who were found in a home in Clinton, a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC, the AP reports. An adult family member found the dead children—all with trauma to their bodies—inside the home,... More »

'Brutal' Murder of 97-Year-Old Vet Rocks Baltimore

WWII veteran Wadell Tate was killed in his home on July 21

(Newser) - For six decades, Wadell Tate lived in a two-story row house in Baltimore. It was also where the 97-year-old died last month in his pajamas, bludgeoned to death by intruders, reports the Washington Post . Intruders kicked in his back door on July 21, and when Tate didn't answer the... More »

Newlywed Found Dead on Beach Was Buried Alive

Ashley O'Connor suffocated in hole in sand

(Newser) - The Texas woman found buried on a Maryland beach Monday met with what was apparently a fatal stroke of bad luck. Ocean City police say Ashley O'Connor suffocated in a deep hole that apparently collapsed or was otherwise filled with sand sometime after 2am Monday. "We don't... More »

Beachgoers Discover Tourist's Body in the Sand

It's unclear how Ashley O'Connor died

(Newser) - Beachgoers in Maryland found themselves sunbathing next to a dead body and an ongoing police investigation for hours Monday, WBOC reports. "I guess it was shocking just seeing all these people just kind of moving around and vacationing when there's someone that's deceased right behind us,"... More »

Video Allegedly Shows More Planted Evidence in Baltimore

2 cops under investigation after November traffic stop

(Newser) - More drug charges have been dropped in Baltimore as a result of a second body-camera video that apparently shows police officers planting evidence. The unreleased video "appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence," according to the city's public defender. The news comes less than... More »

Public Defender: Video Shows Baltimore Cop Planting Drugs

City police commissioner says officer may have been 're-creating' drug bust

(Newser) - A man in jail since January on heroin possession charges got a lucky break: bodycam footage apparently showing a Baltimore cop planting drugs. The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post report on probes now in the works after the city's public defender released the video last week, taped by the... More »

One New Stat Shows Extent of Opioid Problem

Opioid-related ER visits nearly doubled in 10 years

(Newser) - The severity of America's opioid epidemic was captured in a dire government report published Tuesday. According to the report, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality , the rate of opioid-related emergency room visits nearly doubled between 2005 and 2014, increasing a whopping 99%. The report also found... More »

Cops: Fatal Ambush of 2 Teens Was a Revenge Killing

3 arrested in shooting of two high school seniors about to graduate in Maryland

(Newser) - Three people have been charged with killing two Maryland teens who were found dead the night before their high school graduation, and police said they believe the slayings were revenge for a robbery that one of the teens was rumored to have committed. The three are charged in the deaths... More »

Md. Teens Gunned Down Hours Before Graduation

2 killed as they sat in parked car in Germantown

(Newser) - Honor roll students Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem Ziberov were to walk across the stage at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., on Tuesday to accept their diplomas. Their absence instead put a solemnity on what should've been a celebration. Hours earlier on Monday night, the teenagers were killed... More »

Pro-Life School Shamed Me for Pro-Life Decision

18-year-old Madeline Runkles punished after getting pregnant

(Newser) - "When girls like me who go to pro-life schools make a brave pro-life decision, we shouldn’t be hidden away in shame," 18-year-old Madeline Runkles writes in the Washington Post . Everything was going as planned for Runkles: She was president of the student council with a 4.0... More »

Accused Rapist's Lawyer Gets Busted Himself

Christos Vasiliades allegedly threatened victim with deportation

(Newser) - A now-deleted website for Christos Vasiliades described him as an "aggressive" Baltimore attorney "dedicated to client service." Authorities say he's so dedicated, in fact, that he tried to bribe an alleged rape victim so she wouldn't testify against his client, suggested that she beat him... More »

DNA Results Revealed as Netflix Revisits Nun's Murder

DNA at scene of Catherine Cesnik's murder doesn't match Rev. Joseph Maskell: cops

(Newser) - The murder of a nun shook Baltimore in 1969. Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik disappeared in November of that year before her body turned up in a field in January with blunt force trauma to the head. The murder remains unsolved, though a seven-part Netflix documentary series out Friday points the... More »

In Quest for YouTube Views, Couple Loses Custody of Kids

YouTube stars Mike and Heather Martin lose custody of 2 of 5 kids after abuse allegations

(Newser) - A Maryland couple famous on YouTube for what they originally painted as "pranks" on their kids have lost custody of two of their five children after a public outcry, the Independent and Washington Post report. Rose Hall of North Carolina, the biological mom of 9-year-old Emma and 11-year-old Cody—... More »

Alleged Child Rapist Caught After Flight Delayed

Cops say he was trying to flee to Guatemala

(Newser) - An accused child rapist who tried to flee from Maryland to Guatemala was thwarted by bad weather, authorities say. Sergio Morales Soto, 19, was arrested on board a flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport the day after the alleged April 4 rape, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After he was... More »

Agent Who Guards Pence Suspended After Prostitute Visit

Security clearance has been revoked after he's seen leaving prostitute's hotel room

(Newser) - More embarrassment for the Secret Service: Law enforcement sources tell CNN that an agent on Mike Pence's security detail was suspended after he was seen leaving a prostitute's room at a Maryland hotel last week. Sources say the agent, who was off-duty at the time, was charged with... More »

Fighter Jet Crashes Near Maryland Homes

Pilot ditched in nearby woods

(Newser) - A fighter pilot on a training mission ditched his jet in a wooded area Wednesday so that the plane would avoid crashing into a suburban Washington, DC, neighborhood, the military says. The F-16C, which military officials said was at least 30 years old and worth $20 million, went down about... More »

Rape Accusation at School Leads to Immigration Outcry

One of 2 teens accused in sexual assault came from Guatemala

(Newser) - A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the US illegally. The latest flashpoint in the immigration debate started out as a sexual assault... More »

Another Judge Just Ruled Against Trump's Travel Ban

Decision in Maryland follows earlier one in Hawaii

(Newser) - President Trump's revised travel ban just suffered its second legal blow in a matter of hours. Early Thursday, a federal judge in Maryland ruled against the president's restrictions on travelers from six nations, reports CNN . It follows a more sweeping decision out of Hawaii on Wednesday that temporarily... More »

7 Examples of Baltimore Cops' Alleged Corruption

They're all charged with racketeering

(Newser) - They weren't cops—they were "1930s-style gangsters," according to their police chief. Seven Baltimore officers who were part of an elite task force created to take illegal guns off the street have been charged in a corruption scandal after a yearlong investigation, reports the Baltimore Sun . Some... More »

Cars Can't Seem to Stop Crashing Into This House

Homeowner says drivers 'fly' down a nearby hill

(Newser) - For the fifth time, a Maryland house has been the victim of an out-of-control car. "When he crashed into the wall, I said, 'Damn, another car hit my house,'" homeowner Leonard Miller, 88, tells Fox 5 DC . Miller has lived in the Prince George's County... More »

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