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Deputies dispute that asphyxia caused disabled man's death


Three Maryland sheriff's deputies are disputing the state medical examiner's conclusion that a man with Down syndrome died from asphyxia as they struggled to remove him from a movie theater in 2013.

In a U.S. District Court filing, the deputies contend the evidence shows that 26-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor probably died from an underlying medical problem. A civil lawsuit brought by Saylor's family names the deputies, state and mall management company.

The autopsy found that Saylor was obese, with heart problems and a lung scarred from a childhood medical problem.

Plaintiffs' attorney Joseph Espo said Tuesday that expert witnesses for Saylor's family disagree with almost everything in the filing.

The New Market man died after the off-duty deputies tried to remove him from a Frederick theater auditorium because he didn't have a ticket.

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Overturned dump truck in Frederick


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- An overturned dump truck has snarled traffic on a busy road in Frederick, Md.

Maryland State police say the dump truck overturned on Route 15 at the 7th Street overpass.

Hazmat crews have been sent to the accident, but there is no information regarding injuries or a possible fuel spill.

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Frederick man pleads guilty to high school shooting


 

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Frederick man pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in the Frederick High School shooting that occurred on Feb. 4th.

Chandler Tristan Davenport, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment. His plea was accepted under the condition that he testifies against the alleged shooter. Davenport will be sentenced on Nov. 24th.

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A 10-year sentence is recommended for Davenport with nine years suspended, if he testifies. If that is the case, police say he would spend a year at Frederick County Detention Center.

Flying Dog Brewery has big growth plans in Frederick


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Flying Dog Brewery says it's considering building a new plant in Frederick to increase production capacity sevenfold.

The locally based company said Tuesday it's negotiating to buy 31 acres from the city near the Frederick Municipal Airport.

Flying Dog says it has submitted a contract for the property at the city's asking price of $2.5 million. The entire project will cost $50 million.

Flying Dog says the new plant would be capable of producing 700,000 barrels a year, compared with 100,000 at its existing plant south of Frederick.

The project would create 150 jobs. The company currently employs about 100 people.    

The company says it must expand to meet the demand for its beer, which is sold in 26 states and 14 countries.

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Frederick County votes to repeal English-only bill


FREDERICK, Md (WUSA9) -- The Frederick County Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to repeal a divisive 2012 ordinance making English the county’s official language, capping off a long battle over what the measure accomplished, and what it said about the community.

County Council President Bud Otis, a Republican, joined with three Democrats in voting to repeal the ordinance, over the objections of his fellow Republicans and a community contingent that included a representative from a national pro-English language group.

“I’ve been told. You vote to get rid of this, you’ll never win another election. I’m going to do what’s right in my mind,” Otis said before closing debate and calling for a vote. “This isn’t Frederick. I’m sorry. It does not reflect Frederick.”

Man arrested for robbery in Frederick


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was arrested after police say he pushed a man from behind and robbed him in Frederick Friday.

Leondre Curry was arrested in connection with the robbery, police said.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., police say a man flagged down an officer and told the officer that he was just robbed in the area of Hillcrest Drive and Arwell Court.

After the victim provided a description of the suspect, police were able to identify the suspect as Curry. Police say officers found the victim's stolen property in Curry's pockets.

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Critics blame 'bureaucracy at its worst" for Frederick cabin dilemma


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A public hearing Thursday night opened the door to potentially demolish a crumbling 200-year-old log cabin on East 5th street in Frederick that critics say is beyond saving and has become a serious safety hazard.

"I'm a little nervous standing here," Billy Shreve, Frederick County Commissioner said.