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Local Leads: National Tree Lottery, More Deer Crashes

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    "Maryland Natural Resources police were searching for a missing boater in the Patuxent River near Broomes Island.  Timothy Dale Bourne, 50, of Port Republic was a passenger in a fishing boat owned by Thomas Eric Johnson, 46, of Hollywood. The boat sank after it experienced engine trouble starting at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police.  Johnson anchored the vessel and called a nearby marina for assistance. While Johnson and the other two occupants, Bourne and Julius Lamond Camp, 37, of Leonardtown, waited for assistance, the vessel took a large wave over the stern, causing it to sink, police said."

    "A huge house, that was under construction for years and called an eyesore by neighbors, burned downed to its foundation early Sunday morning.  By daybreak, the fire was out, but the building's foundation was still smoking in places.   Yellow police tape surrounds what's left of the building to keep gawkers out. The fire at the house, at the corner of Haycock and Westmoreland Roads, began just before 2 a.m. Nobody was in the house at the time, and nobody was injured.   "It got me up, and we got the heck out of the house," says Wayne Heinricks, whose home next door was damaged by the fire. Neighbors say the house has been under construction for years, was never finished and was an eyesore."

    "The online lottery to get seats and standing room access to the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is underway and ends Sunday at midnight.  Those seeking tickets can log on to The National Christmas Tree Web site. The Dec. 9 event is free.  Those without online access can call 877-444-6777 through Sunday to have their name placed into the lottery.  Once the lottery ends, those who submitted requests via computer will be notified via e-mail. Those who called will be notified via U.S. mail.  Scheduled performers include Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles and BB King."

    "There are deer in the woods, and now is the time of year when Frederick County drivers should worry most about hitting them.
    Deer mating season started in late October and will run to mid-December, but November is the peak, said Bob Beyer, associate director for the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  "The deer are moving a lot," he said.   Deer feed at night, so crashes are most likely to occur between 3 and 4 a.m., DNR Officer Rich Doney said.  But Beyer said his car was hit on the shoulder of the road by an 8-point buck in the middle of the day. "Off the tennis courts, down off the railroad tracks, they can explode out of anywhere simply because it's that time of year.""