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Assisted Living Without Water

Since last Thursday, the residents of Tranquility at Fredericktowne, an assisted living home, have been without water.

The home has 68 rooms on three floors for its 80 residents.  As of right now, the home has been using bottled water for drinking, sponge baths and brushing teeth.  Paper plates and plastic utensils have also replaced using water to wash dishes.

Frank Gerhardt, spokesman for Tranquility says the issue came to light when two of their residents were in the hospital and tested positive for waterborne illness.  He says they haven’t linked it back to the assisted living center, but as a precaution they’re taking measures.

Gerhardt says Tranquility doesn’t understand what the problem is.  They use city water.

The Health Department has performed water tests which are still in the lab baring no results yet. They’re going to take more samples to make sure the problems are fixed.

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Race Horses Killed In Charles Town Barn Fire

CHARLES TOWN, WV (WUSA) -- A barn fire killed more than two dozen race horses in Charles Town, West Virginia.

"It was like a towering inferno, you could see the timbers all throughout the stalls, there were still horses kicking in there, described Barn Owner, Ken Grey. 

Grey tried to rescue as many animals has he could around 4:30 am when the blaze started. "I really thought that might catch on fire because the heat was so bad."

All the horses are thoroughbreds. Owners race them across the street at the Charles Town Race Track. Horse Trainer Don Poper, who shares a close bond with the horses, put his life on the line for the animals.

"You talk to them, let them hear your voice, other horses knew that someone was there, leading a horse, and they wanted to be freed also and just that thought of knowing you can't go back in that barn, it eats you," explained Poper. 

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.

Maryland Man Being Evaluated After Walkersville Stand-Off

WALKERSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- The police barricade situation in Walkersville, Maryland is over.

It all started Tuesday evening when Maryland state police received a call about a man threatening himself and others.  Troopers arriving at the scene found the man had thrown possessions from his home outside and barricaded himself in an upstairs bedroom.  Troopers tried to to talk to the man through the bedroom door but he refused to come out.  The man told the troopers he had firearms and enough explosives to "blow the place up".  Troopers retreated from the home and sset up a perimeter around the house.

The man's wife and adult daughter were inside the home but were able to eventually leave.

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'White Power' Sprayed On Vandalized Sedan In Frederick County

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) --- The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is looking into a hate crime. A male victim's car was vandalized Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, on Gambrill Park Rd., between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The car was parked near Fishing Creek Road.

Police say the male victim came back from biking and found his four-door Infiniti Sedan damaged. Someone spray painted the words, 'White Power' on it along with the swastika sign.

Police are labeling the crime as a "racial/religious property crime.' The misdemeanor offense carries a $5000 and/or 3 years imprisonment.

The victim also found a cracked windshield. Meanwhile, dents were on the rear bumper, passenger door and the car's hood. The car's tires were also slashed.

"There's been a lot of vandalism. Mailboxes, people's cars being broken into and a lot of four-wheelers being stolen, also scooters," says David Harmon, a county resident living on Gambrill Park Rd.  

Frederick County School Superintendent Retiring

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools is announcing her retirement.

Dr. Linda Burgee said Tuesday she will step down July 1 from the post she has held since 2004.

OFFICIAL WORD: Read the press release on Dr. Burgee's retirement from Frederick County Public Schools

The 55-year-old educator has spent her entire career in Frederick County schools, starting as an elementary teacher.

Burgee says in a letter to the local school board that she has realized many of her professional dreams.

She says her proudest achievements include leading the school system in improving achievement for all pupils while substantially narrowing the achievement gap for at-risk students.

Parked Car Vandalized with Racial Graffiti in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) - Officials with the Frederick County Sheriffs Office is investigating a property damage incident that occurred Friday.

Authorities said the victim parked his vehicle on Gambrill Park Road while he was bicycling between 1 and 4:00 p.m.

When he returned, police said the man's vehicle had a cracked windshield, the rear bumper, passenger door and front hood were dented and all four tires were cut and flattened. The vehicle was also spray painted with the words white power and a swastika symbol.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the TIPS LINE at (301) 600-4131.