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August 8, 1991
A 34-year-old Silver Spring man was kidnapped at gunpoint after he picked up a hitchhiker yesterday and was nearly forced to participate in a bank robbery in Burtonsville before he escaped, Montgomery County police said.The driver, not identified by police, agreed to give the hitchhiker a ride at 3:20 p.m. in a shopping center parking lot on Old Columbia Pike near Briggs Chaney Road. As they were heading north on U.S. 29, the hitchhiker pulled a gun on the driver, took his money and ordered him to drive to a Citizen's National Bank in Burtonsville at U.S. 29 and Route 198, police said.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
If you saw a disheveled, clearly despondent 66-year-old man hitchhiking, would you pick him up? Would you pick him up if you realized he was John Waters? Two springs ago, Baltimore's most unrepentant degenerate set out on a mission of discovery. Beginning on Charles Street, not far from his home, Waters would hitchhike all the way to his San Francisco condo, following Interstate 70 most of way. There would be little in the way of advance planning; he'd be relying totally on his thumb and the kindness of strangers.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | September 21, 1994
A 30-year-old hitchhiker was critically injured when he was struck by an automobile in the Medford area early Tuesday.Brian Keith Lee, whose address was not known, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by the state police MedEvac helicopter.His condition yesterday was critical and unstable, a spokeswoman there said.State police said Mr. Lee was walking along Stone Chapel Road at Old Medford Road, attempting to get a ride, when a 24-year-old man who lives in the 4400 block of Buffalo Road stopped to pick him up about 6:30 a.m.Police said Kevin Dennis Mills, who was driving a 1984 Chevrolet Camaro west on Stone Chapel Road, saw the stopped vehicle and braked to avoid hitting it.Mr.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Remember how John Waters hitchhiked across the U.S. in the spring of 2012 -- part of the research, he said, for his next book? Well, the long wait is finally (almost) over. "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America" is set to be released June 3 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book, Waters says, will be separated into three parts: -- First, he ruminates over the best rides he could have had (sample from amazon.com's blurb: "a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked")
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Brett Bidle, Frederick County town councilman, tea party supporter and devout Methodist, is John Waters' new BFF. That old saying about politics making strange bedfellows? Apparently, politics has nothing on hitchhiking. Back in mid-May, Bidle, a 20-year-old college student and first-term member of the Myersville Town Council, picked up a guy on the side of the road. It was Waters, Baltimore's most unregenerate bad boy, the movie director who's given sleaze a good name. Turns out Waters (who declined to be interviewed for this article)
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By Dave Edelman | May 9, 1994
MOSTLY HARMLESS. By Douglas Adams. Harmony Books. 277 pages. $20.DOUGLAS Adams' 15 minutes of fame as the author of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series came to a close years ago. Why, then, should he suddenly add another installment to the humor/sci-fi story when he's moved on to more ambitious projects?After reading "Mostly Harmless," the series' fifth book, it seems plausible that Mr. Adams simply needs the money. Although the book definitely has its moments, Adams has apparently grown bored and cynical about the entire concept.
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April 14, 1998
A Union Bridge man was struck and killed by a pickup truck early Saturday while he was hitchhiking on Bucher John Road, state police said.David E. Bohn, 39, of the first block of N. Farquhar St. was pronounced dead a short time later at Carroll County General Hospital.David R. Harman Jr., 21, of Union Bridge was driving a 1994 Ford Ranger in the 200 block of Bucher John Road outside Union Bridge about 3: 30 a.m. when Bohn stepped into the vehicle's path, police said.Police said the incident would be reviewed by the county prosecutor's office to determine whether charges would be filed.
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By From Staff Reports | September 22, 1994
A 30-year-old hitchhiker, who was struck while walking along Stone Chapel Road early Tuesday, died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore at 1:30 a.m. yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.Brian Keith Lee, who lived in the 1800 block of Bowersox Road, New Windsor, was struck about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, police reported.A car had stopped on the road to give Mr. Lee a lift, police said, as a 1984 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Kevin D. Mills, 20, of Marriottsville approached. When Mr. Mills braked to avoid hitting the stopped vehicle, his car skidded and struck Mr. Lee, they said.
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April 12, 1994
A 26-year-old county man was robbed by a hitchhiker yesterday morning, county police said.A man flagged down Duane M. Nowakowski, who lives on Kenwood Road, about 1:30 a.m. Monday. Mr. Nowakowski drove the man to Ruth Street at Audrey Avenue, near the county line. The man then took Mr. Nowakowski's keys from the ignition and told Mr. Nowakowski that he would get the keys back only if he handed over some money, police said. Mr. Nowakowski gave the man $11.The robber left the car, walking in the direction of Audrey Avenue, police said.
NEWS
July 3, 1995
A 17-year-old Glen Burnie youth reported to state police that he offered a hitchhiker a ride late Saturday night, only to be punched in the face and have his car stolen.William Jayson Young of the 1200 block of Wilson Road told police that he picked up a hitchhiker on Race Road about 11:40 p.m. Shortly thereafter, he was told to stop his 1989 Ford Mustang and was hit in the face, according to state police at the Glen Burnie barracks.Mr. Young tried to confront the man and was knocked to the ground.
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March 20, 2014
The Harford County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police report: Aberdeen Corey Brown, 44, of the 900 block South Stepney Road, was charged Wednesday with theft less than $1,000. Prentis James Vinson, 24, of the first block of Post Road, was charged Friday with traffic-related offenses including driving while his license was suspended and driving/attempting to drive on a highway with a suspended license. Antonina R. Svehla, 22, of the 3300 block of Churchville Road, was arrested Monday on a bench warrant for violating exparte order.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
A man was robbed by two hitchhikers who flagged him down for a ride in Annapolis Tuesday night. The victim was driving on Bywater Road at around 11 p.m. when he stopped to help two men on foot, according to Annapolis police. The driver agreed to give the travelers a ride to Admiral Drive and West Street. Upon reaching the destination, one robber pointed a gun at the victim while the other began poking him in the ribs with a knife and demanding money, police said. The attackers then ordered the victim to drive to the 200 block of Croll Drive where they stole his wallet and car keys.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 11, 2013
Today's Google Doodle marks the birthday of Douglas Adams, author of the hilarious "Hitchhiker" sci-fi book series. Adams himself wrote five novels in the trilogy(?!) about the travels of earthling Arthur Dent, alien Ford Prefect and others, beginning with "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. " It immediately jumped onto my Top 10 list (which, of course, has about 15 entries). Some years after Adams died in 2001 at the infinitely-too-young age of 49, his widow gave the OK for a sixth book.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Brett Bidle, Frederick County town councilman, tea party supporter and devout Methodist, is John Waters' new BFF. That old saying about politics making strange bedfellows? Apparently, politics has nothing on hitchhiking. Back in mid-May, Bidle, a 20-year-old college student and first-term member of the Myersville Town Council, picked up a guy on the side of the road. It was Waters, Baltimore's most unregenerate bad boy, the movie director who's given sleaze a good name. Turns out Waters (who declined to be interviewed for this article)
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
Sarah Finlayson's morning routine is fairly set. Wake up early. Workout with a trainer. Call her twin sister.  Picking up a hitchhiking John Waters? That's not part of it. Yet the minister's wife from Baltimore stopped her Lexus for the filmmaker and gets the credit for launching his cross-country hitchhiking journey. Finlayson, who's a 59-year-old wife and mother, was driving down Charles Street, heading home from her workout and chatting on the car phone with her twin sister who lives in Jersey.
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May 25, 2012
After eight days, 15 rides and who knows how much peculiarity, John Waters has wrapped his cross-country, "Zen-like," hitchhiking journey and plans to recount his adventures in a book he'd like to call "Carsick. " The New York Times just spoke to Waters, who's coming down from his adventure in San Francisco, where he has an apartment. We learned yesterday that Waters reached his destination in no small part thanks to a 20-year-old Maryland councilman , who drove the filmmaker through several legs of the trip and for his troubles, earned a key to Waters' San Francisco pad and a personal tour of the city.
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By Karol V. Menzie | November 9, 1992
Douglas Adams certainly has a way with words. Fans of his ultra-dry wit and elegant grammar will be happy to know he's back in form in his latest book; equally delightful, he's back in the realm that he (and his fans) know best.After a couple of flirtations with other subjects -- ghost detectives and vengeful Norse gods -- Mr. Adams' "Mostly Harmless" returns to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." It is billed as "the fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy."
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1996
A Pasadena man was stabbed several times yesterday by a hitchhiker who tried to rob him, county police said.Nelson Richard Cramer, 36, of the Aspen Park neighborhood was treated at Harbor Hospital Center.He told police he was driving south on Ritchie Highway between 11th Avenue and Church Street shortly after midnight when he picked up the hitchhiker.The man demanded money from Mr. Cramer, and the two began to struggle, police said.The man pulled out a knife and stabbed Mr. Cramer several times in his right arm and side before Mr. Cramer could force him out of his car, police said.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2012
Another bit of the increasingly oddball John Waters hitchhiking mystery has been revealed. We knew the filmmaker started his cross-country adventure in Baltimore. And we knew a touring indie band had picked him up in Ohio. We also knew a married couple helped ferry him from Kansas to Denver. But we had no idea -- until now -- how Waters made it from here to the Buckeye State ... and beyond. The Frederick News-Post helped clear that up today with a crazy story that details how a Myersville, Maryland councilman named Brett Bidle spent four delicious hours in the car with Waters in Maryland, dropped him in Ohio, and then, defying belief, hooked up with the director again further west.
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Tim Wheeler | May 22, 2012
With Memorial Day about to kick off the unofficial start of summer, agriculture officials are warning the public not to take firewood with them if they go on camping or cookout trips - those logs could harbor some unseen, tree-destroying hitchhikers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared this Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, in hopes it will slow the spread of this destructive beetle from Asia, which officials say has killed tens of millions of ash trees so far. Probably brought in on some imported packing material, the borer was first spotted in Michigan in 2002, but has spread to 14 other states since, including Maryland.
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