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July 23, 2005

Guns, explosives, meth lab found in La Plata home

LA PLATA, Md. (AP) - A cache of guns and explosives, a methamphetamine lab and literature from an anti-government group were found at the home of a La Plata man, police said.

Lawrence Fox, 23, was arrested Tuesday after co-workers at Belk Department Store in California, Md., said that he had a handgun on store property, according to charging documents in District Court in St. Mary's County.

When police searched Fox's car, they found two handguns and almost 200 rounds of ammunition, a biochemical suit and a ski mask, according to Cpl. William Rosado, spokesman for the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A raid Tuesday night on the La Plata town house where Fox lives with his mother netted more weapons and explosives as well as a small methamphetamine lab in his bathroom, Rosado said.


Authorities also found what they describe as a "correspondence" between Fox and the Free State Project, an anti-government group that wants 20,000 people to move to New Hampshire to help oust the government there, according to its Web page.

Fox has been charged with two counts of a handgun violation in St. Mary's County. He was released on his own recognizance Wednesday night.

Congressman admits affair, denies abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Don Sherwood, R-Pa., admitted in court papers filed Thursday that he had a five-year affair with a Maryland woman, but he denied abusing her, as she claimed in a $5.5 million civil suit.

The court papers were filed by Sherwood, R-Pa., in response to the lawsuit filed last month by Cynthia Ore, 29, of Rockville, Md. In it, she alleges that he brutally assaulted her and struck her on several occasions.

Sherwood, 64, denied in Thursday's filing that she lived at his Capitol Hill apartment as she had claimed in her suit. He said the affair ended Sept. 15 - the day police were called to Sherwood's apartment after Ore dialed 911.

In a statement released Thursday, he apologized for the affair, but he denied hurting Ore.

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