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December 27, 2013
The following is compiled from local police reports. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Wilkens Police Station at 410-887-0872. Highridge Street, 5400 block, between 2 and 6:10 p.m. Dec. 25. Attempt to break into residence failed. Bero Road, 3000 block,   10:50 a.m. Dec. 23. Resident confronted two young men attempting to break into his residence.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Ten people were robbed across Baltimore on Christmas and Christmas Eve, according to police. Six of the incidents occurred on Christmas Eve, including the robbery of a Holiday Inn Express in the 200 block of N. Gay St. at about 10:15 p.m. Police say an employee reported that a man robbed the front desk of cash.  Christmas Day saw four robberies. At 7:10 a.m. on Christmas Day, a 37-year-old woman standing at the bus stop at Eastern and Dundalk Avenues said a man who implied he had a gun stole her wallet and fled.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Poor weather left two separate boaters stranded on the Chesapeake Bay early Christmas Eve morning, forcing local Coast Guard crews to perform holiday rescues. Both men and three dogs were saved without injury by the same Coast Guard helicopter crew. One man was hoisted into the helicopter, while the other was pulled aboard a rescue boat with his three pets with the help of a swimmer dropped into the water from above. "It was pretty rough," said Petty Officer David Marin, a Coast Guard spokesman, of the weather late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
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By Colin Campbell and Krishana Davis, Baltimore Sun Media Group | December 26, 2013
Reggie Arthur pulled an electric Razor scooter he'd bought his 8-year-old granddaughter, Shay Divers, for Christmas into the Mondawmin Mall Target store Thursday. The scooter — bright purple, her favorite color — was great, Arthur said, but it had a defective back wheel. Arthur and his granddaughter were two of the thousands of area shoppers lured back to stores the day after Christmas to return gifts, cash in gift cards and look for bargains. The stores, many with expanded hours, are hoping to attract shoppers this week to remedy what has been a so-so holiday season.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Two men were robbed on Christmas Day in Anne Arundel County, and police have arrested a suspect in one of the incidents. A 58-year-old man returning to his home early Wednesday in the 1600 block of Bluestone Court in Hanover told police that two men approached him as he was getting out of his vehicle. One of the men brandished a handgun and demanded money. The victim complied and the two men ran off into an older model black sedan. Police responded to the area at about 12:18 a.m. but couldn't find the suspects.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | December 26, 2013
Howard County is offering a free tree-recycling program for residents looking to dispose of their Christmas trees in an eco-friendly manner this holiday season. The "Merry Mulch" Christmas tree recycling program, run by the county since 1993, has sent thousands of trees to a compost facility, where they are recycled into compost and mulch. From Thursday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, Howard County residents can drop off their Christmas trees seven days a week, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at one of the sites listed below.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Sick of the holidays? Santa didn't bring what you wanted? Or maybe you are just looking to spruce up the garden? Send your Christmas tree to the wood chipper. Christmas tree disposal began as early as Thursday and continues into January around the region. Residents are asked to remove all decorations, ornament hooks and other trimmings before disposing of trees. In some cases, the trees can be chipped into mulch that, come spring, can help green flower beds at government buildings or even residents' homes.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
Families displaced by a Christmas Eve fire in Laurel will not be able to return to their homes until Friday at the earliest, a Prince George's County fire official said Wednesday. The fire, which did about $70,000 worth of damage, broke out around 4 p.m. due to a malfunctioning furnace in a second-floor apartment, spokesman Mark Brady said. No one was injured, but fire damage or utility shut-off forced 17 adults and seven children from their homes, he said. The Red Cross provided assistance.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
A 36-year-old man was shot and wounded in a Christmas Eve incident in Northwest Baltimore, Baltimore police reported. Officers responded to a call late Tuesday night to a report of a shooting in the 3800 block of West Belvedere Street. They found a man there with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, whom police did not identify, was taken to a local hospital. Detectives from the Northwest District were investigating the shooting Wednesday.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
Four-year-old Kate Grossman held out the white paper bag, one of the 500 she and her two siblings were handing out to the needy at Our Daily Bread's downtown employment center on Christmas Day. But the woman approaching smiled and shook her head. "I just want a hug," she said. Without hesitation, all three Grossmans rushed forward for a group embrace that brought the woman to tears. The Grossmans were among the 600 or so who took part in the ninth annual Mitzvah Day, preparing gifts at the Jewish Community Center in Pikesville and taking them to charities around the city.
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