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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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Frederick man charged in hit-and-run accident


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have charged a Frederick man with several violations after he allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Frederick, Maryland early Sunday morning.

According to authorities, Richard Anthony Busch, 26 of East 15th St. was charged with failing to report an accident to police, failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving property damage, failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving an injury, speeding, driving too closely to another vehicle and failing to control speed to avoid a collision.

DFC Kassondra Topper was on patrol when she discovered a white 4-door 2002 Infinity on the left shoulder of the road with extensive rear-end damage. There was also damage to a fence of a nearby residence.

Bank robbery in New Market


NEW MARKET, Md. (WUSA9) -- Frederick County Police are investigating a bank robbery that took place at a PNC Bank in New Market, Md. Thursday afternoon at 11717 Old National Pike around 2 p.m.

According to the initial investigation, the suspect approached the counter where he presented the teller a note demanding money. The teller complied and after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the scene, possibly in a vehicle.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 175-180 pounds, standing 5’8”, wearing a black jacket, black beanie hat, purple scarf and blue jeans. Security camera footage shows he had medical bandages on his face to conceal his identity.  

Frederick stabbing leaves 2 critically injured


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two victims are in critical condition after an 18-year-old man stabbed them in Frederick Wednesday afternoon, Frederick Police said.

Police arrested Eric Alejandro Mendez-Cinque of Frederick in connection with the incident. The stabbing happened in the 1100 block of West Patrick Street around 4:41 p.m.

Two male victims were found suffering from life-threatening stab wounds. One of the victims was taken to the Meritus Medical Center for his injuries. The other person was taken to the Frederick Memorial Hospital for lifesaving efforts, police said. After surgery was done the victim was taken to Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. Both victims are currently in critical condition.