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Sunday, March 6, 2005; Page SM08

News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, Feb. 27 to March 5

Sunday | 27

SUV Driver Charged in 2 Deaths

Two people died when the minivan in which they were passengers was rear-ended by an SUV in Waldorf early Saturday. Roberta Baxter, 51, of Landover and Shaun Jones, 38, of Upper Marlboro were pronounced dead at the scene, at Route 5 and Mattawoman Beantown Road. Richard Middleton of Brandywine, the driver of the SUV, was charged with two counts of negligent manslaughter. The Maryland State Police said the SUV was traveling "at a high rate of speed."

Monday | 28

At Factory, Salad Bars to Armor

For a half-century, the clangorous machines at American Metal Fabricators in Prince Frederick have churned out stainless-steel salad bars and rotisserie-chicken display cases for grocery stores and university cafeterias. Last year, however, the family-owned factory near the shores of the Patuxent took on a new mission: vehicle armor for the U.S. military. To meet the intense demand for equipment in Iraq, the Pentagon has turned increasingly to what it calls "nontraditional" vendors -- some with little or no defense experience -- to boost production.

Tuesday | 1

New Name Likely for Hecht's

The Hecht's department store name is likely to disappear from the local retailing scene in the wake of the agreement by Federated Department Stores Inc. to purchase May Department Stores Co., the operator of Hecht's. The 61 Hecht's stores could start converting to the Macy's or Bloomingdale's nameplates as early as next year.

Thursday | 3

Man Held in Neighbor's Death

Police charged Christopher A. Buck, 21, of Bryans Road with murder in connection with the stabbing death of his neighbor. Buck was being held in the killing of Edward E. Baroody, 74, who was found dead in his driveway Sunday.

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