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Footballs valued at $3,000 stolen


A dozen autographed footballs and basketballs worth $3,000 were stolen from a garage on Lavall Drive recently, police said.

Joseph Bottazzi, 33, reported the theft Monday. He told police the footballs and basketballs belonged to his father and that he last saw them around 10 p.m. July 13.

There were no signs of forced entry, but the garage door did not lock, Mr. Bottazzi told police. Nothing else was taken.

Three footballs autographed by John Elway, three autographed by Dan Marino, two autographed by Troy Aikman and one autographed by Jerry Rice were stolen along with three basketballs autographed by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Dream Team One.

Deale man injured in Route 408 crash

A 36-year-old Deale man was in critical condition with head injuries at the trauma center of Prince George's Hospital Center Wednesday after being thrown from a Jeep during a wreck on Route 408 near Boones Drive, police said.

Christopher Agnew Lehner was traveling west on Route 408 and lost control of his Jeep shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, police said. He was thrown from the car as it rolled over, police said. Officer Robert Martin of the county police department's traffic division said he wasn't sure if Mr. Lehner was wearing a seat belt.

A spokeswoman for the Prince George's Hospital Center said Mr. Lehner was in critical condition as of yesterday afternoon.

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