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Car crashes into Dunkin Donuts in Md., injuring 3

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Three people are injured after a car crashed into a Dunkin Donuts store in Ellicott City.

Howard County fire department officials were called to the scene Monday evening after the SUV crashed into the front and side walls of the restaurant.

Rescuers say two of the victims were walking in front of the Dunkin Donuts when they were struck by the car and pushed through the glass and into the store. They suffered serious injuries and were taken to a trauma center.

The driver of the SUV was treated at the scene but refused to be taken to a hospital. It was not immediately clear what caused the driver to crash into the building.

The shopping center building was deemed unsafe for customers after the crash.


Western Md. doctor has court date on sex charge

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A suspended physician from western Maryland is due in court in Cumberland for a status hearing on charges he molested a female patient.

Tuesday's hearing for Dr. William Dando is his first since the Maryland Board of Physicians upheld his license suspension in June.

The state public health agency's inspector general is investigating how Dando obtained a Maryland medical license in 1996 despite his 1987 conviction for raping a woman at gunpoint in her home near Orlando, Florida.

The 60-year-old family medicine doctor has pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree sex offense for allegedly molesting a local woman in April at a MedExpress walk-in clinic in LaVale.

A West Virginia woman has filed a civil lawsuit alleging she, too, was sexually assaulted by Dando at the same clinic last year.


Police make arrest in killing at Md. restaurant

BROOKLYN PARK, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County police say they have made an arrest in the death of a worker at a Popeye's restaurant in Brooklyn Park.

Police plan to announce details on the arrest later Tuesday morning.

Investigators say a manager found the woman suffering from traumatic injuries Sunday morning in the back stock area of the restaurant on Ritchie Highway. The woman was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have identified the victim as 47-year-old Luzviminda Monreal of Laurel.

Investigators say the woman worked at the restaurant on Saturday night. Police are investigating the death as a homicide, but it's not clear when the incident occurred or what the motive was in the killing.


New law revises minor environmental offenses

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - People who violate certain environmental laws regarding hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities in Delaware will soon no longer be slapped with criminal records.

But violators will also be paying heftier fines for certain other offenses under legislation to be signed Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell.

The legislation declassifies several minor violations associated with wildlife, fishing, and boating by changing them from misdemeanors to violations, meaning they will not be reported on criminal history records.

The legislation also modernizes penalties associated with other offenses by classifying them as environmental misdemeanors and doubling the minimum fines for first offenses.


Treating toxic water may cost New Castle $1M

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - City officials in New Castle say the costs for managing toxic contamination found in all three of the city's public water wells could top $1 million.

Pamela Patone, general manager of New Castle's Municipal Services Commission tells The News Journal the city is looking at temporary and permanent treatments needed to resume use of the city's three wells. Costs could range from $350,000 to more than $1 million.

Patone says water officials are still investigating the source and liability for the pollution.

Officials have focused on the longtime use of fire-fighting foams at the nearby Delaware Air National Guard Base at New Castle Airport. Those foams contain perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, which are an emerging health concern for drinking water supplies nationwide.


DC could face police shortage amid retirements

WASHINGTON (AP) - A significant increase in retirements and departures of some young officers could leave the District of Columbia with a severe shortage of police officers as the city continues to grow.

The Washington Post reports hundreds of officers who joined the force during a hiring binge 25 years ago are at or near retirement age.

At the same time, younger officers are leaving the D.C. police force for better pay with suburban police departments or cite complaints with the city bureaucracy.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the department is going to fall behind. She says she is hiring 300 officers a year, which is the maximum she can with her budget and training resources. The department has nearly 4,000 officers, and Lanier says it should not get much smaller.

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