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Frederick man arrested after bar fight


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was arrested early Sunday after police say he struck a person in the face with a beer bottle inside of a Frederick bar, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Byron Scott Speak of Frederick, Md. was charged with first and second degree assault, police said.

At approximately 1:37 a.m., police say officers were flagged down by a staff member of JoJo's Restaurant and Bar located at 16 E Patrick Street. The staff member informed police that an assault had occurred inside.

Police say Speak told officers that he struck a patron's face with a glass beer bottle. Speak was arrested after officers observed a severe cut to the victim's face.

Police say the victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Sketch released of Frederick sexual assault suspect


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police continue to investigate a December 2014 sexual assault of a woman that took place inside of her Frederick home.

The man sexually assaulted the woman on December 15, 2014 around 9:58 a.m. in the area of Waverly Drive and Key Parkway in Frederick, Frederick police said.

The woman was inside of her home when the assault happened. Police released a composite sketch of the suspect.

The suspect is being described as a Hispanic man, between the ages of 20 to 25. He is about 5'05" tall and weighs around 150 pounds.

He was last seen wearing black pants and black hooded jacket with a white logo on one side of his chest.

Frederick Co. to hear repeal on English speaking ordinance


FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Frederick County Council members are expected to hear arguments Tuesday night on a bill that those trying to repeal it say sends a message of intolerance.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Winchester Hall in Downtown Frederick. It is on a bill that has been introduced to repeal a current, three-year-old ordinance that establishes English as the main language in Frederick County.

Before the public hearing, Democratic Councilmembers M.C. Keegan-Ayer and Jessica Fitzwater spoke about their co-sponsored repeal bill. The two said what sparked this were complaints, especially from major biotech and life science employers in the area.

"…that it was becoming increasingly harder to attract businesses and employees when we have this perception that we're not welcoming," said Fitzwater.

Md. county hearing from public on disputed English-only law


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The elected leaders of Frederick County are listening to what citizens have to say about a disputed ordinance requiring that county business be conducted in English.

A bill to repeal the ordinance gets a public hearing Tuesday night in Frederick.

The measure was enacted in 2012 by an all-Republican county board. The current County Council is composed of four Republicans and three Democrats.

Democratic members Jessica Fitzwater and M.C. Keegan-Ayer say the ordinance sends a message of intolerance to recent immigrants and businesses with international employees.

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Md. man demands sexual favors from woman for watching dog


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who watched a woman's dog while she went into a Frederick business demanded sexual favors in return.

The assault happened on June 11 when a woman asked a man she did not know in the area of 35 W. All Saints Street to watch her dog while she went inside of a business, according to police.

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When she exited the business the man demanded sexual favors in return for watching her dog, Frederick police said. The man then followed the victim into an alley way where he grabbed her and asked for sexual favors again.

Man accused of DUI and holding girlfriend hostage arrested


A Mount Airy man wanted for holding his girlfriend hostage and driving under the influence was arrested Friday, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office says Mitchel Yates, 20, was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding police after he allegedly fled from authorities on July 14.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a report that Yates was driving under the influence and keeping his girlfriend in his car against her will.

Yates' juvenile girlfriend was located unharmed and released to the custody of her parents, according to the sheriff's office.

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Man accused of fatally beating boy had prior abuse charge


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Court records show that a man accused of fatally beating a 9-year-old boy over a piece of missing birthday cake was charged in 2010 with abusing another child.

The charge of second-degree child abuse against Robert Leroy Wilson was dropped when he pleaded guilty to an assault charge. That conviction was eventually expunged as part of the deal.

The 2010 charge involved the daughter of a woman with whom Wilson lived in Frederick. That woman told The Associated Press on Thursday that she thought Wilson had changed after completing parenting and anger-management classes.