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Ethical questions divide Frederick County


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Sixty percent of the Frederick County ethics board resigned this week over the issue of whether elected officials should be able to bid on local government contracts.

WUSA9's Stephanie Ramirez reported that county executives will not allow it.

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner said it is an executive order that will ensure open and honest government.

"I am responsible for signing contracts and making sure we have a fair and impartial procurement process," said Gardner.

An executive order announced Tuesday will prohibit a county council member or county executive from bidding on contracts or entering into business with the county. Something an ethics committee recently determined was acceptable.

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MISSING: 19-year-old man from Frederick


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 19-year-old man from Frederick who was last seen on April 2 is being sought, Frederick police said.

Police are searching for Geovanni Torres-Mejia, 19, who was last seen in the area of Elmwood Terrace. Police received the report of him being missing on April 7.

Torres-Mejia is described as a Hispanic man, with brown eyes and a black "crew cut" hair. He has gold capped teeth, a goatee and was last seen wearing the shirt in the picture.

The Frederick Police Department is requesting anyone with information into the whereabouts of Torres-Mejia to contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2102. Anonymous information may be given by contacting the Frederick Police Department Crime Tip Line at 301-600-TIPS. (8477) The lead investigator for this case, Det. Renninger, can be reached at 301-600-1272.

Teen sets Frederick Co school bus on fire


MYERSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 17-year-old was arrested for setting a Frederick County Public School bus on fire in Myersville, Md. on Saturday morning.

The male was arrested on charges of second degree arson, malicious destruction of property, and destruction of property, Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

Crews responded to 301 Main St. Myersville around 5 a.m. for the report of a bus fire. The investigation shows that the bus was parked at the fire company and had been set on fire. A second bus was damaged from the heat exposure, officials said.

The teenager fled on foot but was then later found. He was arrested without any issues and taken to the Law Enforcement Center where he was released to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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Water main break in Frederick closes road


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Northbound Oppossumtown Pike at Amber Drive in Frederick is closed to all traffic due to a water main break Sunday morning.

Northbound traffic will not be able to get through for some time as crews try to fix the water main break. Residents are being asked to used alternative routes.

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Police: Frederick woman stabs husband with kitchen knife


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Frederick woman was arrested for stabbing her husband with a kitchen knife during an argument Saturday night, police said.

The incident happened around 10:25 p.m. in the 1900 block of Moran Drive in Frederick, according to Frederick police.

Police responded to the home for a report of a domestic altercation and found Olivia Maybel Barnes,40, trying to physically keep her husband from leaving the house.

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Police seek suspect in Frederick BP gas station robbery


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a BP gas station robbery that happened in Frederick, Md. on April 14.

The robbery happened around 11:43 p.m. at the gas station located at 503 W 7th Street, Frederick police said.

Authorities learned that the suspect entered the store with a knife and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is being described as a black man, between the ages of 30 and 40, standing 5'7" to 5'10" tall. He weighs between 180 and 200 pounds and has short hair or a shaved head, police said.

He was last seen wearing a gray short sleeve polo shirt, black pants and a black mask.

Officials attempt to ID skeletal remains found in Md.


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials are trying to identify skeletal remains that were found in 1989 in Frederick and have now released a completed lifelike recreation drawing of the face.

The remains were found on Right Hand Fork Road at the Watershed in Frederick, Md., Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials said the remains may be of a man, between the ages of 25- and 40. He had a small to medium build. The estimated death was between November of 1988 and July 1989, however could have possibly happened before November 1988.

A lifelike recreation drawing was made of the face, officials said. Forensic reconstruction involves building a face on a skull to see what the person may have looked life.