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Frederick won't increase recycling service pickups

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Recycling trucks won't be going out any more frequently in Frederick.

The Frederick News Post (http://bit.ly/1paWFqX) reports the city's Board of Aldermen on Wednesday decided it wouldn't be worth it to increase the frequency of recycling service from twice a month to once a week at a cost of more than $700,000 a year.

Before making the decision officials looked at data, including the fact that about half of the time a county recycling truck stops at a Frederick home, the blue recycling bin isn't out on the curb.

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Police: Man fled, tried to get into house, occupied car

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man fleeing a traffic stop tried to get into a home and an occupied vehicle before he was taken into custody on Tuesday, according to Frederick police.

Police say that the department's drug enforcement unit stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 10:47 p.m. Tuesday. A K9 alerted on the Olan Carlos Mark's vehicle and when they searched it, they found marijuana, pills, and crack cocaine concealed behind a panel under the dashboard.

They say Mark fled on foot and tried to get into a home and an occupied vehicle, both unsuccessfully, before police took him into custody.

Mark has been charged with Fail to Remain Right of Center, Driving Without a License, Driving While Privilege Revoked, PWI, Possession CDS, Second Degree Escape, Resisting Arrest, Attempted Burglary, Tampering with Motor Vehicle.

Teen faces sentence for arson over drug deal

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A 19-year-old Myersville man faces sentencing for setting fire to the home of a teenage acquaintance who refused to pay for some marijuana.

Joshua Moore's sentencing on Wednesday stems from a December arson that caused $250,000 worth of damage to the Myersville home owned by the stepfather of marijuana customer Jacob Bolton.

Bolton told police he had gotten a half-ounce of weed from Moore and agreed to pay him later. Bolton contends the bag was short, so he refused to pay. He told police that Moore responded with an arson threat.

Moore was convicted of first-degree arson in a June plea deal. The conviction carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Boyers Mill Rd in Frederick, Md. to close

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- Boyers Mill Road over Lake Linganore will be closed on or around September 21 due to utility work, the Frederick County Office of Transportation Engineering said.

Verizon and Comcast will be doing utility relocation work in the area, weather permitting, the Frederick County Office said.

The road will be closed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. A detour sign will be in place. Drivers are recommended to use Gas House Pike, Linganore Road, and Old National Pike (MD 144).

For additional information about this project, contact Blair Hovatter, Office of Transportation Engineering at 301-600-3508 or via e-mail at bhovatter@frederickcountymd.gov.

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Range at Sugarloaf Mountain hits sour note

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Another hotly contested public hearing is expected in Maryland Tuesday over a proposed firing range in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Some residents who live near the farm where a state of the art firearms training center is planned are bitterly opposed but not for all of the reasons you may think.

Even some gun enthusiasts in rural Frederick County, Md. are saying the gun range proposal is the right idea in the wrong place.

Sugar Loaf Mountain is a natural historic landmark nature preserve and in its shadow, a winery, equestrian center, secluded homes and overwhelming oppositions to a state of the art firearms training center now being considered at the foot of the mountain, where noise is not welcome.

Suspect wanted for spray painting Md. building

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Frederick Police Department is searching for a man caught on video surveillance, who spray painted on a building in Frederick, Md.

Police said the vandalism was done to a building in the 1700 block of N. Market Street. A "tag of "CNR" was spray painted on the building, authorities said.

The suspect is being described as a white man in his late teens or early twenties. Police said, he has light colored hair and a thin build.

Anyone who can provide any possible information about this person or their identity is encouraged to contact the investigator at the contact information provided below.

SCAM ALERT: MD Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens about a recent phone scam from "Destination Vacations".

Scammers have been calling residents and telling them that they have unpaid balances on vacation packages, the sheriff's office said.

The recipients of the calls are told that they signed up for vacation packages months earlier, but they have not paid the balance for the package, police said.

Callers often offer to reduce the amount of the debt as to allow the resident to pay the unpaid balance.

When individuals refuse to pay the caller usually threatens to send the individual to collections, the sheriff's office said. Most times the caller is unable to provide the individual with a supervisor to speak to, and a phone number provided does not work, the sheriff's office said.