Lingering Power Outages - After the powerful derecho storm hit on June 29, thousands of people in the area were left without electricity. The outages lingered into last week, with residents of Maple Ridge, Chapelgate and other communities going days without service. Finding a cool place to stay proved a challenge for some, as hotels reportedly jacked up prices.
Fire Dog "Bo" Runs Off, But Is Found - Fireworks and canines don't mix. The Fort Meade Fire Department learned that Wednesday night when its beloved mascot, Bo, ran away during the July 4th celebration. Thankfully, he was later found in good shape strolling along the Baltimore Washington Parkway.
Police Investigate Shooting in Severn - A woman said she was driving away from a party when she heard a loud noise. At first, she thought it was fireworks. But then she noticed her window was shattered. Police are investigating the shooting incident.
Odenton Resident Dies in Duplex Fire - Lolita Mitchell, 78, died when a fire tore through the second story of her Chapelgate home. There were no working smoke detectors in the home at the time, prompting firefighters to distribute them free throughout the community.
Man Dies After Being Found at Royal Inn - Police are investigating the suspicious death of Richard George Bohlander, who was found injured near the office of the motel on Annapolis Road. He later died at the hospital. Police said he was a resident of the Royal Inn.