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Military Experimented On Washingtonians, Says Former Ft. Detrick Official

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- A former Ft. Detrick official says biological products tested on people in Washington are safe.

Norm Covert says he worked at Ft. Detrick for more than 20 years as a historian. He says military scientists would spray biological agents from concealed aerosol devices. He says some were concealed in pens, others in suitcases.

He says sensors would be set up ahead of time to test how far and how fast the biological agents spread.

He says it happened at Reagan National Airport, the Pentagon, and around the country in cities including New York, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and San Francisco.

Covert keeps a vile of florescent cork in his home office. He says it's one of the agents used in public experiments.

He says it was sprayed onto the top of an elementary school, and technicians would use an infrared light to see how much students would track into the school.

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Human Experiments At Fort Detrick?

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- A former Ft. Detrick employee says biological weapons were released into the air and the unsuspecting public was exposed. She says it happened in Washington, DC, during the Cold War.

Dottie Blank, 77, says she worked as a secretary at Ft. Detrick from 1955 to 1989.

"They were special operations," she said. "I had to have a special clearance."

Blank says soon, she was getting injections. At the time, she claims she thought they were to keep her safe. But her assumption soon changed.

"One time I got very ill and I went over, and they sent me home. I sort of suspected from that time I might have gotten something they were working on inside," she said. "I think it was experimentation."

She says she knew they were experimenting on dogs and monkeys. Now she believes they did experiments on her.

Organization Alleges Water Contamination In Frederick, Md.

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- Could the water in Frederick be contaminated? And if so, is it causing hundreds of cases of cancer?

The organization Fighting for Frederick has tested the water and says the results show contamination in ground water.

Randy White is sharing documents he says proves that chemicals in the water are causing cancer.

"We independently have used two different labs to test the water," he said.

He claims the chemicals are from Area B at Ft. Detrick.

According to officials at Ft. Detrick, the water they tested is safe.

"This is one well, [Ft. Detrick] tested this well and said that there's no detection," White says. "When we tested it, it was super-hot, full of toxins."

Officials at Ft. Detrick invited 9 NEWS NOW to Area B in July. That's when the base completed its contamination clean-up.

19th Annual Awards Ceremony

On Friday, October 16th the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Advisory Committee hosted the 19th Annual Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Awards Ceremony. The event was held at the Mt. Pleasant Ruritan Club in Walkersville. Many friends and family members of award recipients attended the ceremony along with several special guests to include former Frederick County Sheriffs Robert C. Snyder and Carl Harbaugh, Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young and Frederick County Emergency Communications Director Chip Jewell.

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Early Voting Begins Today!

REGISTERED VOTERS CAN VOTE IN PERSON
BEFORE GENERAL ELECTION DAY

Registered voters in Frederick County will be allowed to vote early before the 2010 General Election Day, according to the Frederick County Board of Elections. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Prior to that day, the Early Voting Center will be open from Friday, October 22, through Thursday, October 28, except for Sunday, October 24, when the center will be closed.

Pilot Error Likely Caused Helicopter Crash that Killed 4

(AP)- Pilot error was probably the cause of a helicopter crash last year on a Western Maryland mountaintop that killed four people, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The final report, released Oct. 6, said 24-year-old pilot Jeffrey Nordaas of Columbia exercised poor judgment when he chose to fly back to Frederick from Hagerstown on a dark night July 23, 2009, in adverse weather conditions.

The helicopter crashed onto Interstate 70 atop South Mountain near Boonsboro after hitting an unmarked, steel guy wire.

Also killed were three passengers: George Tutor Jr., 39, of Westminster; Kim Felix, 48, of New Market; and Niall Booth, 43, of New Market. Booth was originally from Dorking, England.

Frederick Recieves New Control Tower

The Frederick News Post reports that the groundbreaking for Frederick Municipal Airport's $5.3 million first air traffic control tower was held at 11 a.m. Monday.

Construction of the tower is expected to be completed within 18 months and is funded by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to information provided by the city of Frederick.

U.S. Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski will join Frederick Mayor Randy McClement at the ceremony along with officials from the FAA.

Frederick Municipal Airport is the second-busiest airport in the state, behind only Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The Frederick airport maintains two runways and handles a diverse mix of aircraft, including presidential helicopter Marine One. In recent years, the largest growth segment for the airport has been in corporate jets.