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Masked gunman robs Friendly's restaurant


A masked gunman robbed the Friendly's restaurant in the 7100 block of Ritchie Highway Sunday night of an undisclosed amount of money and forced two employees into a storeroom, county police said yesterday.

A man wearing a ski mask and armed with a semiautomatic handgun walked in through an unlocked back door shortly before midnight and ordered employee John Howard Synder, 17, who was in the storeroom, into the manager's office where Chris Webb, 19, the night manager, was counting the day's receipts, police said.

The gunman snatched the money off a table and ordered Mr. Webb to give him the money from the safe. Mr. Webb handed over the money, and the robber then forced the two employees into the storeroom and fled, police said.

3 injure deliveryman, steal pizza in attack

A deliveryman for Vizzini's Pizza in Glen Burnie received a bruised wrist and shoulder early Saturday and lost a pizza when he was attacked by three assailants, one of whom threatened to shoot him, county police said.

Nicholas Hynson, 22, was climbing the steps of an apartment building in the 8000 block of Green Orchard Road about 2:15 a.m. to deliver a pizza when he was confronted by a man who ordered him to "give it up," police said.

Mr. Hynson tried to push by the man, who shoved Mr. Hynson down the stairs. The first man was joined by two others, one of whom yelled that he was going to shoot the victim. The first man ordered the gunman not to shoot, and the three took the pizza and ran, police said.

Groundbreaking set for first Buffalo Bill's

Groundbreaking for the first Buffalo Bill's Wild West Restaurant to open in Maryland will be held at 11 a.m. today at 7352 Ritchie Highway at Georgia Avenue in Glen Burnie.

The fast-food restaurant, which will feature drive-through service and will seat about 40 customers, is expected to open by the end of summer.

Five other Buffalo Bill's are expected to open within two years around the Baltimore Beltway, said company President Edward W. Isaacs.

More than 20 years ago, Mr. Isaacs introduced the first Roy Rogers restaurant to the Baltimore area. He sold the Roy Rogers chain to Marriott Corp. in the late 1970s, and the company put him under a noncompetitive agreement for 10 to 12 years, he said.

Buffalo Bill's menu will include turkey, rotisserie beef, Cajun chili, miniburgers and vegetable burgers.

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Restaurants is a division of Invest Maryland Corp. of Annapolis, which was founded in November 1990.

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