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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
A fire on Monday damaged a West Ocean City hotel but resulted in no significant injuries. Ocean City Fire Department, along with the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company, responded to The Bedtime Inn & Suites at 12534 Ocean Gateway about 12:30 p.m. to find black smoke coming from the single-story hotel. Officials said the fire was contained to one of the hotel's units and was quickly extinguished. Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office said the affected hotel room was unit 143. The fire marshal is investigating the blaze but has not determined the cause or an amount of damage.
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By Jonathan Pitts and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
- In the heart of this town on the old U.S. National Road in Western Maryland, a woman leans on the front desk of an 1890s-era hotel, her face a study in mixed emotions. Tina Storey loves her work as office manager of Failinger's Hotel Gunter, the grande dame of lodging in Frostburg with its polished oak staircase, Victorian settees and zillions of artifacts and displays that evoke the history of the so-called "Mountain Side of Maryland. " But she's still grieving the woman who revived the place.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2012
Anne Arundel police responded Saturday night to a Holiday Inn Express hotel in Annapolis for a report of an armed robbery. At about 8 p.m., officers from the southern district arrived at the hotel, at 2451 Riva Road, and were told that a man in his late twenties or early thirties had entered the hotel, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, police said. The clerk gave the money to the man, who then fled, police said. Police said that county officers and an Annapolis City K-9 unit searched the area but were unable to find the suspect.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
More than a million visitors were expected to land in Baltimore this past week to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," many of them from out of state and in need of a place to stay. Across the city, hotels have pushed deals and patriotic specials, leaned on their staffs to memorize long lists of Star-Spangled Spectacular events, and brushed up on their own place in Baltimore history in an attempt to lure the War of 1812 buffs streaming into town.
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September 6, 2011
HAGERSTOWN — Fire officials say one of two soda-bottle bombs placed in a hotel parking lot exploded, but did not cause any injuries or damage. It happened about 1:45 a.m. Monday at Spring Hill Suites hotel on Valley Mall Road near Hagerstown. The State Fire Marshal's Office says two devices were placed in the parking lot, but only one exploded. Officials tell The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown that bottles contained a volatile mixture of tin foil and toilet-bowl cleaner and were extremely dangerous.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2012
Anne Arundel homicide detectives are investigating a suspicious death at an Odenton hotel Friday morning. Officers responded at 5:40 a.m. to the Royal Inn in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road. They found a 62-year-old man lying on the ground outside the office and lobby area. He was suffering from trauma to his upper body, police said. The victim was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he died a short time after arrival. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jason McNemar at 410-222-3463 or the Major Crimes Section at 410-222-3450.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2011
A man was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn in Pikesville late Friday night, a Baltimore County police spokesman said. Officers responding to a report of gunshots at 11:17 p.m. found a man shot multiple times in the parking lot of the hotel in the 1700 block of Reistertown Road, Baltimore County Police Cpl. John Wachter said. The man, who appeared to be in his 20s, was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Wachter said. His name was not immediately released pending notification of his family.
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By Diane Pajak | July 27, 2011
No feline wants to be outshone by the fun facilities afforded to local canines. Luckily for them, Howard County cats have posh digs designed for their needs at The Purr-fect Hotel, in Highland. By offering private multilevel cat condominiums, TV and music entertainment and even designated hiding places, the hotel's staff proves to know their clientele. But boarding cats presents unique challenges and considerations, according to Dr. John Cunningham, veterinarian and owner of the Highland Veterinary Hospital, which has been boarding cats for nearly 30 years, and The Purr-fect Hotel, which was added in 2005.
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By Lisa Kawata | February 1, 2011
Centuries collide at The Obladi hotel on Main Street, but instead of an explosion, a harmonic convergence was created by owners T. Garland and Zan Wilson.   What they made was a little piece of heaven. “We were going with the 1968 Beatles in India vibe,” says Wilson, pointing out the mural of henna-painted hands in the lobby and a sofa covered in wasabi-colored leather. Yes, their hotel is named after Beatles song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” and, yes, the faces of George, John, Paul and Ringo grace the walls over fireplaces in each of the four guest rooms.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2011
Henderson's Wharf, an inn and conference center in Fells Point, has been named one of the Top 25 Hotels in the World by TripAdvisor's Travel Choice Awards 2011. The waterfront inn is ranked No. 20 in the world and No. 2 in the United States. No other hotel in the Mid-Atlantic region was named to either of those lists. Henderson's Wharf, which survived the onslaught of Tropical Storm Isabel and came out looking even better, has been a favorite of TripAdvisor for several years.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Lord Baltimore Hotel (20 W. Baltimore St., 410-539-8400, lordbaltimorehotel.com) is getting into the commemorative spirit. The hotel is offering a Battle of Baltimore-themed three-course menu in its French Kitchen and LB Tavern venues, with menu items inspired by, or at least named for, personalities and events of the historic battle. Dishes include The Mary Pickersgill Plate (heirloom tomato, pickled beets, radishes, asparagus and blue cheese panna cotta); The General Samuel Smith (chicken “pot pie” with creamed spinach tartan, compressed chicken thigh, crispy chicken skin salad and carrot coriander puree)
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August 21, 2014
I must say I agree with your recent editorial on Ocean City rentals ( " Ocean City 's rental rage," Aug. 18). This is a slippery slope the town is going down. Ocean City is built on tourism dollars, and it has nothing to gain and much to lose by biting the proverbial hand that feeds it. The real problem here is that the tone of Ocean City is changing and there seems little motivation to enforce the laws. That would be a good start to solving problems all over Ocean City . I've been coming to Ocean City for over 50 years.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Investigators have ruled out foul play in the death of a 38-year-old New Jersey man found dead in an Ocean City hotel early Saturday morning, police said. Jorge Troca, of Lyndhurst, N.J., was found unconscious and unresponsive in a hotel in the 4700 block of Coastal Highway at about 3 a.m., police said. Ocean City police and fire personnel treated him on the scene and took him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 45 minutes later. Officials have not released a cause of death, pending the results of an autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland on Sunday.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The parents of a 6-year-old boy, who Baltimore County police said was severely malnourished and left alone in a hotel room alone for several hours, have been charged. Police said Jessica Lynn Maranto, 33, and Brandon Joseph Johnson, 32, left the boy in a room at the Welcome Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard on August 7. Police initially believed the child was 2-years-old but it was later determined the child was six and suffered from "severe malnutrition," the department said in a statement.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A child was found alone in a motel room in Towson Thursday morning around 8:30 a.m. The child, a 6-year-old male was taken to a hospital to be treated for severe malnutrition and was still in the hospital as of Friday afternoon. It is unknown when the child will be released. Baltimore County Police have identified the child's parents but no charges have been filed. The state's attorney will determine whether the parents will be charged after the Crimes Against Children Unit has thoroughly investigated the case, police said.
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By Barbara Pash | July 31, 2014
In the next few months, it will be a snap to find entertainment news and venues in Towson thanks to the Towson Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is designing an online application, a one-stop shop of everything you want to know about what's happening, who's doing it and how to get there in downtown Towson. The application, downloadable for smart phones and android devices, will be free to users and to the businesses, chamber members or not, that will be in it. Brooke Bianchetti, assistant to the chamber executive director, is designing the app. "We expect to launch it in the next two to three months," she said of the approximately $10,000 to $12,000 project.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2012
The 62-year-old Odenton man who died Friday under suspicious circumstances has been identified as Richard George Bohlander. He was found at about 5:40 a.m., suffering from trauma to his upper body outside the office area of the Royal Inn hotel in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road, where he had been a resident. He died a short time later at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Investigators are awaiting an autopsy report from the Office of the State Medical Examiner. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Shelly Rattell at 410-222-3458 or the Major Crimes Section at 410-222-3450.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2011
Baltimore firefighters brought a two-alarm blaze under control Tuesday afternoon at an East Baltimore hotel. There were no reports of injuries. The fire was reported about 12:20 p.m. at the Baltimore Travel Center hotel, in the 5500 block of O'Donnell St., just east of Interstate 95, according to Capt. Roman Clark, a fire spokesman. The fire on the roof and second floor of the hotel was contained just before 1 p.m., he said. The fire caused the evacuation of about 30 guests, according to Clark.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Perhaps it was a prank or a desire for an unique Ocean City souvenir, but either way, a portrait of the founder of the Dunes Manor Hotel that hung in the lobby is missing and the hotel wants it back. Police said the hotel reported the theft of the painting depicting Dunes Manor founder Thelma Conner early Sunday morning. The picture went missing sometime during the night, around 3 a.m., when a hotel security guard noticed it was gone. Conner, who founded the Victorian-style hotel in 1987 at the age of 74, is a beloved figure in Ocean City . She was known for her Texas twang and her tea-time tradition.
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By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Any craft-beer devotee will tell you the hardest thing about visiting a craft brewery is getting up to leave. Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is encouraging more people to stay by going beyond the welcome mat to the spare bedroom - or 16. Having gained a following for its beers, Dogfish Head captured the attention of foodies by integrating flavorful ingredients into its brews. Now it is breaking new ground this summer by opening the Dogfish Inn, a brewery-themed boutique hotel, to accommodate its perpetual influx of craft-brew heads.
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