MARYLAND BRIEFING

MARYLAND BRIEFING

Saturday, November 3, 2007

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Council Member Hospitalized After Hitting Deer

Montgomery County Council member George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) is recovering from injuries incurred late Thursday in a one-car accident on the Capital Beltway, County Council spokesman Neil Greenberger said yesterday.

Leventhal was on his way from the council offices in Rockville, where he had presided over a hearing of the health committee, and was headed east in a 2007 Mercury Mariner when a deer crashed into his windshield about 5:15 p.m., Greenberger said.

"The deer came through the window and hit him in the face," Greenberger said.

Leventhal was able to guide his car onto the shoulder near the Connecticut Avenue exit, avoiding other cars despite congested road conditions. He was taken by ambulance to Suburban Hospital, where he remained yesterday while his injuries were evaluated. Leventhal did not appear to have any internal injuries, Greenberger added.

The accident likely puts Leventhal out of commission for Tuesday's council votes on controversial changes in Montgomery's growth policy.

Greenberger said council rules prevent Leventhal from offering a proxy vote that another member could cast for him Tuesday, should he be unable to attend.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

State Takes on Alleged Equity-Siphoning Scheme

The Maryland attorney general's office filed a complaint in Baltimore Circuit Court this week against two Prince George's County companies allegedly involved in a foreclosure rescue scam.


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