Family escapes boat fire unhurt


A Bethesda family escaped injury yesterday morning when their pleasure boat caught fire and sank in White Hall Creek, Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard said a cooking accident caused the blaze aboard the Southern Accent, a 38-foot craft that was anchored in 7 feet of water. The four people aboard evacuated to a nearby vessel, Crusader, which was owned by friends.

Fireboats from the county, Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resources Police responded, doused the blaze within 30 minutes. The boat then sank. Salvage operations were under way last night to retrieve the boat and 30 gallons of diesel fuel that were still aboard. Damages were estimated at $40,000.

White Hall Creek is located between the Bay Bridge and the mouth of the Severn River.

Woman knifed, lover arrested

An Edgewater woman was treated for stab wounds at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being stabbed twice in a neighbor's driveway Friday evening during a fight with her live-in boyfriend, county police said.

The 36-year-old victim was found by police officers about 6:10 p.m. bleeding from stab wounds to her left side and upper torso. Police said the woman told them she had just been stabbed by her boyfriend.

Police said they arrested Clifford Bruce Cummins, 47. He was charged with assault with intent to murder.

The hospital would not release the victim's condition yesterday.

Window-crashing deer shot, killed by police

Police shot and killed a deer that crashed through two windows of an office complex in Annapolis Thursday afternoon.

Maryland Natural Resources Police were called to the Heritage complex in the 2600 block of Riva Road. They opened two doors. The deer bolted, then jumped into another window at an office building next door. An officer then entered and shot the deer.

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