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Llama-killing bear caught, euthanized in Frederick County


MYERSVILLE, Md. (AP) - A 200-pound male black bear that killed a 300-pound llama over the weekend in Frederick County has been captured and killed by a Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service crew.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that the crew killed the bear Monday evening in the Myersville area.

Harry Spiker, the agency's black bear project leader, says the llama was the only animal in a fenced enclosure. The crew set a trap for the bear Monday morning.

Spiker says the bear was thin and was infested with roundworms, which could have played a role in its behavior.

In the past two months, bears in Frederick County have killed chickens and other domestic birds. One of those bears was shot and killed by a landowner.

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Frederick Co. man accused of sharing explicit photos of toddler


BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Frederick County man has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly sending sexually explicit photos of a two-year-old girl to about 25 other people through the popular messaging service Kik.

Federal prosecutors say William Steinhaus of Brunswick also sent more than 290 messages to three other people through Kik, some of them discussing how Steinhaus could sexually abuse the toddler.

Between December 8 and 9, 2014, Steinhaus had messaged people on Kik about their shared sexual interest in prepubescent children, according to an indictment. Using his iPhone or iPad, prosecutors say Steinhaus took pictures of a two-year-old girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct and sent them to about 25 other people through Kik.

MISSING: 16-year-old Frederick girl


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a 16-year-old female from Frederick, Md. who was last seen Thursday night in her neighborhood.

Raneem Alharthy was last seen in the 1800 block of Murdock Court around 10:17 p.m. She is described as a black female, about 4'10" tall and weighs around 100 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair, police said.

Should anyone know the whereabouts of Raneem, please contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2101. Anyone wishing to leave information anonymously can call the Frederick Police Department's tip line at 301-600-TIPS (8477), send information via email to fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org, or send a text to 240-674-TIPS (8477). You can also use the Frederick Police Department app for I-Phone and Android users to also leave information.

Gun raffles in Frederick Co. illustrate cultural divide


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- While some urban organizations and churches have supported programs like gun buybacks that take guns off the street, gun giveaways have become the number one fundraiser for many volunteer firefighting organizations in more rural areas.

The trend starkly illustrates the cultural divide on guns in the D.C. region.

"75 percent of the fire and rescue companies do some sort of gun raffle," Roy Lipscomb, former Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. chief and gun store owner said.

Lipscomb is the founder of the premier gun giveaway contest in Frederick County, which offers 5000 buyers a chance to win a gun per day each day of the year in exchange for the purchase of a $50 sportsman's calendar. The proceeds benefit volunteer firefighters in Brunswick and Emmitsburg. Winners have the option of taking cash instead.

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Woman found dead inside Frederick Co. home


MT. AIRY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman was found dead inside a home in Frederick County Wednesday night.

Sheriff's deputies also found an adult male with a suspected gunshot wound inside the home, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. He was medevaced to shock trauma.

The home the man and woman were found in is in the 6600 block of Charles Drive in Mount Airy, the sheriff's office said. 

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

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Man killed in Frederick crash


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- An investigation is ongoing after a fatal crash that left one man dead in Frederick Wednesday afternoon, Maryland State police said.

The crash happened around 2:02 p.m. at the intersection of Route 15 and Fish Hatchery Road, authorities stated. A 1995 Ford Escort Station Wagon driven by Lester Rice, 89, of Frederick was trying to cross over Route 15 from Fish Hatchery Road, the investigation shows. Rice failed to yield the right away for a 2000 GMC pickup truck being driven by Andy Tressler, 59, of Thurmont.

Police said Tressler's car crashed into the driver's side of Rice's car. Rice was ejected from the car and had life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

He was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore where he died from his injuries.

According to authorities no charged have been filed at this time.

Marine fatally struck by tractor-trailer in Frederick County


THURMONT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a driver who struck and killed a U.S. Marine who stopped to help a stranded driver during heavy rain in Frederick County Tuesday night.

The crash happened on Route 15 in Thurmont, close to Auburn Road near Camp David around 11 p.m., police said. 

Marine Cpl., William "Bill" Ferrell, 21, of North Carolina was headed north on US 15 back toward Camp David in the middle of Tuesday’s heavy rains, when he saw a motorist stranded on the side of the highway.

He pulled up to help and was standing next to his car when the driver of another truck swerved off the road and slammed into Ferrell and the side of his truck.