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November 10, 2013
THE REGION
Woman hit by train suffers fatal injuries

A woman died after being struck by a train just before 2 p.m. Sunday at the Silver Spring Metro station, prompting the temporary closure of the station, authorities said.

Although circumstances remained unclear, Metro spokeswoman Caroline Laurin said the incident was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

Just before 3 p.m., the station reopened and trains were single-tracking on the Red Line between the Silver Spring and Forest Glen stations.

— Amy Brittain

MARYLAND
Man dead, woman
hurt in house fire

An 82-year-old man is dead and an elderly woman was taken to a hospital after a fire tore through a College Park home on Sunday morning.

Firefighters spent about 90 minutes putting out the fire at a two-story home in the 5200 block of Palco Place. The fire started about 5 a.m., and crews had trouble putting out the fire because the home was “filled with excessive material,” said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County fire department.

Brady said materials packed inside the house made it difficult for crews to navigate the scene and supplied extra fuel for the fire.

A woman in her 80s living in the home was able to escape. She suffered smoke inhalation and was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Sunday, Brady said. Crews spent the morning searching for a man thought to be the homeowner. Firefighters found his body on the second floor of the house and are not expected to release the man’s name until an autopsy is complete.

Brady said the fire started on the upper level of the house, but investigators are still trying to determine the cause.

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor tweeted photos from the scene that showed flames and smoke billowing out of the yellow home’s roof.

“If you know someone in your neighborhood with ‘pack-rat’ tendencies, do what you can to help, or get them help,” Fire Chief Marc Bashoor tweeted.

— Lynh Bui

Driver killed in
Pr. George’s crash

Prince George’s County police say a man training to be a member of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police died Sunday after his car hit a tree.

Jerrell L. Wedge, 24, was on Old Marlboro Pike near Maple Shade Lane when his car swerved off the road and crashed about 3:30 a.m., police said. Wedge, who was attending the county’s police training academy, was the only person involved in the crash.

Investigators think speed may have been a factor.

— Lynh Bui

Pantelides wins bid
for Annapolis mayor

After officials spent more than 24 hours poring over absentee and provisional ballots, Republican newcomer Mike Pantelides was named the winner of the Annapolis mayoral election Friday night.

Going into the count of provisional ballots Friday, Pantelides held on to a 50-vote lead over Mayor Josh Cohen (D). When the 65 provisional ballots were scanned, 37 were for Pantelides and 28 were for Cohen, making Pantelides the winner by 59 votes out of nearly 8,000 cast. The totals: Pantelides, 3,934, Cohen 3,875.

Both sides had indicated that legal action was possible, but once the counting concluded Friday, it seemed less likely, as Cohen conceded.

— Baltimore Sun

2 U-Md. students
are beaten, robbed

Two University of Maryland students were beaten and robbed early Saturday by as many as 10 assailants near a student apartment house just off the College Park campus, authorities said.

Police said one of the two male students was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

In a safety notice, the campus police said the attack occurred about 3:15 a.m. on a footpath behind the University View apartments in the 8200 block of Baltimore Avenue.

— Martin Weil

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