Weird News: Wandering Toddlers, An Ax-Wielding Roommate and One Giant Blow Dryer

Patch brings you weird news headlines from around Maryland.

Outraged Mother Says Toddlers Wandered Away from Daycare

Teachers at a Bethesda daycare center have been fired for apparently allowing a 2-year-old boy and three other toddlers to wander off unattended, ABC7 reports. Parent Wendy Rhein said when she arrived to pick up her son just before 5 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Bethesda Lynbrook Children's Center, the boy had wandered into the neighborhood with three of his classmates before being rescued by a Good Samaritan. "I am physically ill when I think about what could have happened to these kids," she said.

Ax-Wielding in Dundalk Results in Arrest

Swinging an ax in a threatening manner during an argument with a roommate has resulted in the arrest of a Dundalk man.

Prostitute in Secret Service Scandal Writing a Tell-All

The scandal involved former agent Arthur Huntington of Severna Park and exposed several other agents and military members. 

Likely Rabid Fox Attacks Two in Bowie

A fox displaying signs of rabies attacked two Bowie residents in separate incidents, according to Bowie Animal Control Officer Mike Morreale. In one case, the fox came into a backyard and the family began to run. A boy fell and the fox began biting and scratching his hand, but the boy’s brother kicked the fox, scaring it away.

Drybar Opens in Bethesda

Need a blow dry? A new salon in Bethesda will be hard to miss. There's a 13-foot-tall yellow blow dryer marking the spot. And, it works.  

Police: Man Secretly Videotaped 2 Ellicott City Women

Howard County Police are looking for a man who they say installed hidden cameras in the women's home.

Montgomery Parks: Don't Drink the Water at Rockville's Lake Needwood

Montgomery Parks has a message for visitors to Rockville’s Lake Needwood: Don’t drink the water. (And don’t let your dog drink it either.) The message, posted on the parks department’s website warns that an algae bloom has produced a toxic substance detected in the lake’s water. 

Mr. Potato Head Makes His Edgemere Debut

Edgemere brothers Scott and David Wendler have outdone themselves with the construction of a huge Pez dispenser as Halloween approaches.

Local Runs Baltimore Marathon in Flip Flops

Levasseur, a member of the Howard County Striders, was hoping to claim a Guinness World Record in the process—for fastest marathon run in flip flops, according to an article in Runners World.

Ellen Eltgroth October 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I would rather you concentrate on news about Havre de Grace than stories, however entreating, than these.
Ellen Eltgroth October 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Entertaining, not entreating.
Brook Hubbard October 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM
That was rather arrogant and egocentric...
Bart October 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Havre de Grace is weird then, I suppose. Nice job, Ellen.
Jane Bellmyer October 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Some people complain that all newspapers do is print bad news. These same people complain when you print good news. Welcome to Havre de Grace Elizabeth
Sue Asher October 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
As Jane ssid, some people just can't be oleased. Keep up the good work Patch.
Ellen Eltgroth October 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I like getting the Havre de Grace Patch, not the Eldersburg Patch...and I appreciate news about Havre de Grace on the Havre de Grace Patch. I don't think that's being egocentric. I didn't insist on news about myself. If I want news about other places I have many other sources that give me a broad view of what's happening. The Havre de Grace Patch should concentrate on news pertinent to the city of Havre de Grace.
Ellen Eltgroth October 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I just realized that the email version that I received today IS the Eldersburg Patch, and not the Havre de Grace Patch. I don't know why I received it. I have signed up to receive only the HdG Patch.??? Can anyone explain why this happened?
Ellen Eltgroth October 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Very confusing. When I go back to look at my email inbox, there is the HdG Patch, but when I make comments, they go to the Eldersburg Patch???
Karen Williams October 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
This comment thread is on my towson patch...
Tabatha Harrison October 21, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Read the words under the headline.... "Patch brings you weird news headlines from ALL AROUND MARYLAND" jeez, you'd think with all of the awful news nowadays that people could appreciate something different.
Bruce Goldfarb October 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM
This feature, as some are, is "cross-posted" to Patches throughout the region.
Joe October 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Ellen, um, every single story headline AND short blurb mentions the place involved in the story. Every one.
Ellen Eltgroth October 22, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Joe, um, the news I have subscribed to is called the Havre de Grace Patch. I can read. Can you? I just want news about Havre de Grace from my Havre de Grace Patch. I can get news about other places some other way. Whether it's good or bad news, that's okay. I use the mobile feature of the Patch primarily and it only contains maybe three or four headlines. I don't want to see one of those few stories taken up by news from somewhere else. Thank you for responding, Bruce. Tell me, is the Patch going to be "cross-posting" on the weekends regularly?
Bruce Goldfarb October 22, 2012 at 01:16 AM
We periodically cross-post articles that we think are of interest to readers—breaking news, big news stories, subjects that are of wider interest.
Bart October 22, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Nice try, Bruce, but you'll never be able to explain successfully to Ellen. I saw all this on Towson Patch. I get it! She doesn't.
Ryan October 22, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Hey Ellen, since you speak about being so great at reading, when the headline says “Patch brings you weird news headlines from AROUND Maryland” that means you should not click on it if you only want your local news. I know it is hard, but stop complaining for one second. I think you should direct all your anger to your husband and kids like usual, but they have probably learned to tune you out by now.
Bud Pilcher October 22, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I just wanted to see a pic of the ax-wielding roomate from Dundalk. I don't know what everyone else is fussing about.
Marge Neal (Editor) October 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Bud, If you click on the link to the story, the photo of the alleged ax-wielder is there. — Marge
Amy Kenney-stout October 22, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I found the articles entertaining, thank you!
Mary Z October 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I appreciate more than just the bad news. Thanks for mixing it up. If you don't want to read 'weird news' select delete. Sometimes it's just not all about you.
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