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Bedbugs Found Inside Urbana, Md. Library

URBANA, Md. (AP) -- The public library in Urbana has a case of bedbugs.

Officials at Frederick County Public Libraries said Monday they have temporarily closed the Urbana library bookdrop after an employee spotted bedbugs in a book there Friday.

Interlibrary loans involving the Urbana branch also have been suspended.

Library officials say material from the bookdrop, and some material and carts from the building's circulation room have been locked inside a truck parked outdoors.

They plan to let the sun bring the truck's internal temperature to 120 degrees for at least 30 minutes. They say that will kill the bedbugs.

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Maryland’s Biggest Consignment Sale – Tot Swap – returns to Montgomery and Frederick Counties

Thousands of items babies, kids, and teens at bargain prices; consignors make up to70% from their items

Frederick Man Dies After Shooting Incident With Police

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick police say a man involved in a domestic disturbance died after he fired a shot from a rifle and an officer returned fire.

Police are investigating to determine whether the man was killed by the officer or died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It happened shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of South Market Street. Police say officers were called to the home three times Sunday morning, and on the third call, police were told that the man involved in the domestic disturbance had left the home and was carrying a rifle.

Officers found the man nearby, and that's when he fired a shot. Officer Jonathan Holler, a four-year veteran of the department, fired several rounds. Police say a rifle was recovered from the scene.

The woman involved in the disturbance was treated for minor injuries at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Man Intentionally Set Fatal Car Fire

Investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal have determined the fire that took the life of a twenty-six year old Germantown man at a Frederick County Exxon gas station, was intentionally ignited.

Ainsley Ronald Gordon, Jr. was fatally burned when gasoline vapors were ignited,consuming him and his 2006 Nissan Xterra at the Exxon station located at 5516 Buckeystown Pike in Frederick, in the early hours of November 4, 2009.


After a lengthy investigation, investigators determined Mr. Gordon was responsible for pumping approximately twelve gallons of gasoline on and around his vehicle and most likely himself, before igniting the blaze. All other possible causes for the fire were eliminated during the investigation. No motive for his actions was established.

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FCPS Students Outdistance State and Nation On SAT and ACT College Admission Testing Results

Results just released by the Educational Testing Service in New Jersey show that Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) seniors continue to score well above state and national averages.  Their mean critical reading, math, writing and combined SAT-1 scores exceed Maryland and U.S. averages, consistent with trends for previous years. 

Results for the class of 2010 increased five points in critical reading, three points in math and two in writing as compared to the senior class of 2009. The combined mean score for Frederick County is 1559; Maryland’s is 1502, and the nation’s is 1509. Frederick’s score rose 10 points, Maryland’s score rose five points, and the national scores remained constant.

Frederick Man with Gang Ties Facing Gun Charges in Md.

The Northern Virginia Daily reports, a Frederick County man with links to a motorcycle gang faces gun charges in Maryland, according to authorities.

Stephen Francis Torres, 52, of 302 BobCat Trail, Shawneeland, is charged in Prince George's County (Md.) Circuit Court with five, firearm-related offenses, according to information on the state's online database. The offenses happened Aug. 28, the statement says. A grand jury returned the charges Sept. 9 and Torres is set to appear in the court on Sept. 24.

R.T. Swartz, an investigator with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, seized items from Torres' home while executing a search warrant Thursday in relation to gun charges and criminal street gang participation. Swartz has been assigned to the Northwest Virginia Regional Gang Task Force since 2005.

Md. Looks for Cancer Cluster Near Ft. Detrick

The Frederick News-Post reports, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says it's working with Frederick County health officials to investigate a possible cancer cluster near Fort Detrick, where workers dumped industrial chemicals and field-tested Agent Orange decades ago.

DHMH says it hopes to know by late September whether the cancer rate within a mile of Fort Detrick is significantly higher than in other parts of the county or state.

The investigation stems from a former Frederick resident's claim that he found many cancer cases among current and former Fort Detrick neighbors, including his former wife and late daughter.

On Thursday, DHMH and the Maryland Department of the Environment said they have asked the Army to test for the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange on and around Fort Detrick.