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DEER HUNTS PLANNED
Special managed hunts aimed at thinning the deer population will be held in nine Montgomery County parks on several days over the next five months. The parks will be closed for the hunts, which will be conducted from sunrise to sunset.
Some hunting days have been added to make up for days lost to weather last year, said Rob Gibbs, natural resources manager for the county's parks. (Gazette)
A Howard County couple are suing the owners of their apartment complex for half a million dollars, claiming bedbugs infiltrated their apartment, covering them and their toddler daughter with dozens of itchy welts and causing "significant emotional distress." Orville Brown Jr. and Rebecca Brown were forced to move out of their Ellicott City apartment and discard most of their furniture and all their daughter's toys because of the severity of the infestation, according to a suit filed Friday in Howard County Circuit Court.
COLLEGE PARK SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS
In addition to the 350 security cameras used to monitor activity on the campus, the city is installing 19 cameras in Old Town College Park in a move police officials hope will help mitigate crime and fear. More than half of the cameras are already in place, and the remaining ones will be located where a group of Gemstone students have found them to be the most effective, University Police said. The group, consisting of all seniors, is called Crime Prevention and Perception. The students, who teamed up during their freshman year, will complete their project by closely looking at how the cameras affect student perceptions of crime in the area throughout the academic year. (Diamondback)
TURN TRASH INTO CASH
Spotsylvania County is sponsoring its annual Litter-Thon, which lets area organizations turn roadside trash into cash. During Saturdays in October, groups can pick up roadside litter and be paid $4 per bag. This is about the fifth year the county has sponsored the project, according to Environmental Coordinator Clara Mills. The event is held twice a year, in the spring and fall. (Fredericksburg.com)