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Man charged with 1996 murder of 15-year-old girl


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man living in Kansas City has been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl nearly 20 years after her body was found in Frederick, police announced Monday.

Lloyd Harris, 52, is also accused of raping Stacy Lynn Hoffmaster before police say he killed her and disposed of her body in 1996. On Thursday, officers from Frederick traveled to Kansas City and charged Harris with first-degree murder. 

Hoffmaster's body was found on December 23, 1996, under a moving blanket in a wooded area almost four months after she was first reported missing. An autopsy found that Hoffmaster was choked to death.

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Got an extra $10k? This jet-engine powered go-kart could be yours


MIDDLETOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- If you're looking for an adrenaline rush (and possibly a few broken bones) in a last-minute Christmas gift, there's a jet-engine powered go-kart up for sale in Maryland.

According to a Craigslist post, a Frederick County man is selling a custom model go-kart powered by a Boeing 502-12 gas turbine engine.

The thrill ride, however, won't come cheap. In the post, the seller is asking for $10.500 for the go-kart.

WUSA9 has a call into the Frederick County Sheriff's Office for information about the legality of the go-kart. 

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Man pleads guilty, gets 12 years in high school shooting


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The second suspect in a Maryland high school shooting that wounded two teenage boys has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault and is sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Brandon Tyler entered the plea Tuesday in the Feb. 4 incident at Frederick High School. Prosecutors dropped two other charges of first-degree assault and other charges.

Co-defendant Chandler Davenport pleaded guilty in August to two counts of reckless endangerment. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6.

Frederick County man convicted of fatal child abuse


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Frederick County man faces the prospect of several decades in prison after a jury convicted him of fatally abusing his 3-month-old son.

The jury returned the verdict Monday after deliberating about 90 minutes at the end of a six-day trial. The panel found 27-year-old Ryan Huffer guilty of first- and second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault. He was acquitted of first-degree assault.

First-degree child abuse resulting in death carries a maximum sentence of 40 years. Second-degree assault carries a 10-year maximum sentence. Sentencing is set for Feb. 24.

Huffer was charged in October 2014, eight months after Logan Luaces died from a brain injury. Huffer told police he had tripped and fallen with the baby in his arms.

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Frederick Co. family says it endured '14 month hate crime'


NEW MARKET, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Frederick County man who has posted seemingly racial motivated signs that attack his next-door neighbor won't face any charges, according to the county sheriff's office. 

The man has agreed to move out of the house one month from Monday, but the neighbor at the center of these possible attacks says that's not soon enough.

"I had no idea I was going to come move right next door to hell basically," Dante, the neighbor, said. Dante has requested that WUSA9 not use his last name after enduring what he called a 14-month hate crime.

"This entire neighborhood has been terrorized by this gentleman," Dante said. 

The neighbor has allegedly posted profanity-laced signs, hung confederate flags, blasted loud music and even chased a school bus on his motorcycle after a child on board reportedly called him a "loser".

Dante says the neighbors actions have escalated.

Md. town to keep 'Colored Soldiers' plaque on WWI statue


EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - Emmitsburg commissioners have announced their decision to keep a controversial plaque at the base of a statue.

Board of Commissioners President Tim O'Donnell tells The Frederick News-Post the commissioners received feedback regarding the plaque before they made the announcement Tuesday.

The plaque on the Emmitsburg statue recognizes over 100 local WWI veterans and features three names under the heading "Colored Soldiers.

O'Donnell says some local veteran groups wanted the original plaque to be retained while others called for a new plaque that does not refer to race.

The statue stood in front of the Emmit House in Emmitsburg until it was hit by a car in June. The four town commissioners who were present also voted to accept a $40,000 bid to fix the statue.

Second person dies after Frederick Co. fire


EMMITSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A second person has died after a Monday morning fire that had already killed a 74-year-old woman. 

Diana Meyer, 43, passed away Tuesday at Lehigh Hospital in Philadelphia from injuries she received during the fire, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office also identified the woman who died Monday as Geraldine Jones. Her husband, 69-year-old Donnie Jones, is listed in critical condition at University of Maryland Shock Trauma.

Investigators have not yet been able to determine what caused the fire to break out at around 10 a.m. in the 100 block of W. Main Street in Emmitsburg. The fire was under control within 35 minutes.

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