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He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Neighbors reported hearing what they thought were fireworks, but police said they have not found any direct witnesses of the shooting.

BERLIN

Postal worker charged with theft, fraud

Worcester County authorities have charged a postal worker with stealing credit and automated teller machine cards from the mail.

The Worcester Bureau of Investigation arrested Nikhik Girishbhai Patel, 26, of Salisbury, last week and charged him with 36 counts of credit-card theft and fraud.

Court documents say Mr. Patel used the cards to withdraw cash from banks and make purchases at a Crisfield store. Police said he stole about $3,000 from six victims in Berlin and Ocean Pines.

Mr. Patel was released on $15,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court Aug. 3.

DUNDALK

Day care under fire for claims of abuse

Baltimore County police and state officials are investigating reports of abuse at a Dundalk day care center.

Police said the probe was sparked by reports that workers at the Jack and Jill Day Care Center taped a 4-year-old to a chair and that a child was locked in a dark basement full of mold, dust and rat feces.

Police would not comment on evidence collected so far, but said they think there may be some truth to the story.

The county Department of Social Services and the State Department of Education are also investigating.

The day care center’s owner, Mary Duerr, said the information is coming from a disgruntled employee.

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