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Fla. trucker sentenced in Md. crash that killed 2


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Florida trucker is starting a one-year jail sentence for killing two men when the tractor-trailer he was driving overturned atop a pickup truck in Frederick County.

The Frederick News-Post reports that 35-year-old Watson Pierre of Sunrise, Florida, was sentenced Tuesday as part of a plea deal.

He was convicted of criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of construction workers Hector Henriquez of Gaithersburg and Jose Diaz of Derwood.

Pierre pleaded not guilty but agreed with prosecutors' assertions that he was driving too fast in a truck with faulty brakes that was not registered to operate commercially in Maryland.

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Md. woman gets 30 years for fatally abusing child


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 24-year-old Maryland woman was sentenced Monday to 30 years in jail for child abuse resulting in death.

Elizabeth Oxnard Tramonte, of Frederick, pleaded guilty in March to the charges. Tramonte's 3-month old child, Blake, was killed in November of 2011.

An autopsy's report ruled the cause of death as asphyxia, with acute injuries of facial bruising and bleeding under the scalp, according to officials. The boy also had three rib fractures in various stages of healing.

Tramonte will serve at least 20 years followed by five years probation. Additionally, she cannot have unsupervised vontact with any child under the age of five, including any children she may have in the future.


Sex assault investigation in Frederick


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a possible sex assault near a McDonald's restaurant on Monday afternoon.

It happened in a wooded area at the 1100 block of East Patrick Street, police said.

Patrol officers are taking information from a woman who said she was sexually assaulted in the woods near the restaurant.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.


Md. hiker taken to hospital after snake bite


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick County authorities say a hiker is under medical observation after he was bitten by a snake at Cunningham Falls State Park near Thurmont.

Fire and Rescue Services Lt. George Thomas tells the Frederick News-Post that the man called 911 at about 7 p.m. Sunday to say he was bitten on a trail in the park's Manor Area off U.S. 15.

Thomas says the man was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for observation.

He says it's not clear what kind of snake bit the man. But Thomas says the park is home to rattlesnakes and copperheads. Both are poisonous.


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4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.


Frederick man busted for heroin in undercover sting


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police in Frederick say a 32-year-old man was busted for heroin during an undercover sting.

On June 15, police say Larry Dwayne Sweeney, Jr., a man they believed to be dealing heroin in the city, arranged to sell a quantity of heroin to an officer.

After the deal was finished, Sweeney was arrested without incident.

Sweeney, of the 9000 block of Ernest Drive, is charged with Possession Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Distribution Heroin.


Md. woman charged with leaving kids in car


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Frederick woman has been charged with leaving her children in a supermarket parking lot on a day when temperatures exceeded 90 degrees.

Court documents allege 42-year-old Fatimate Diallo left her four kids, ages 12, 9, 3 and 2, alone in the car just before 4:30 p.m. on July 7. According to the documents, a woman pulled into the spot next to Diallo and entered the store around the same time.

The Frederick News-Post reports the woman called police 15 minutes later when she saw Diallo had not returned.

Court documents state Diallo left the kids alone for roughly 30 minutes. Her attorney said the kids were alone for only 15 minutes.

Maryland law makes it a misdemeanor to leave children under age 8 alone in a locked vehicle.

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