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Lothian tree bandits claim 10-foot victim

Bertha Stewart woke up Tuesday morning to find that someone had cut down a 10-foot-tall hardwood tree in her front yard in Lothian.

Police said that a hand-powered saw apparently was used to cut down the tree at the home in the 1000 block of Decesaris Drive.

Ms. Stewart told police she had no idea who might have cut the tree down or why. The Stewart family has been living in the home for six years and has reported no other incidents of this kind.

Angela Marhefka wins state Coed Pageant

Angela Marhefka of Annapolis has won the Miss Maryland American Coed Pageant.

The pageant was held June 18-20 at the BWI-Marriott Hotel. Miss Marhefka, 17, received a $500 scholarship and will represent the state at the national pageant Aug. 28-Sept. 1 in Honolulu. The pageant is open to young women 13 to 19 years old.

Ms. Marhefka, an Annapolis High School junior, is the daughter of Matthew and Debra Winters and John and Janet Marhefka.

Annapolis plans July 4 celebration

A parade, music and fireworks are planned Sunday in Annapolis to celebrate Independence Day.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Independence Day Parade, which will begin on St. John's Street and proceed downtown to the Naval Academy. At 8 p.m., the Naval Academy Band will perform on Farragut Field at the Naval Academy. The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Free parking will be available at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, where free shuttle buses will provide transportation to Main Street from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Food and sodas will be sold at Farragut Field.

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