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Woman attacked by bear in Romania

A bear attacked a group of U.S. tourists, including a woman from Maryland, on a remote trail in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, authorities said.

The group of six chased off the bear when it tried to approach them near a cabin about 75 miles north of Bucharest, but the bear reappeared on a trail and attacked the group about 10 p.m. Saturday.

The Frederick News-Post reported that the bear first attacked Sara McKelvey, 26, of Frederick. The extent of her injuries was not known.

After she fell down and others threw stones at the bear, it turned its attention to a man, biting him on the leg. The bear then mauled to death a 31-year-old woman.

Officials did not immediately disclose the victims’ identities or hometowns.

The bear earlier had bitten a Romanian tourist on the shoulder and attacked sheep, a member of the rescue team said. Authorities were searching for the bear to euthanize it.

Romania is home to about half of Europe’s brown bear population, but attacks on humans are rare. Three years ago, two men died after they were attacked by a rabid bear.


Traffic stop yields 42 pounds of pot

Maryland Transportation Authority Police arrested two men in Baltimore County after a search found nearly 42 pounds of marijuana in their car.

An officer stopped the car Tuesday for speeding and following too closely on Interstate 95 south of White Marsh.

Raymond Sharpe, 25, of Lithonia, Ga., and Dewight Antwain Stephens, 26, of Hallandale, Fla., were charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and importation of marijuana into the state.

Both were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each at the Baltimore County jail.


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