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Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Blaze In Frederick Home

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- Firefighters in Frederick are battling a two-alarm house fire.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW the blaze broke out in a home on Runnymeade Driver shortly after 8:00 Thanksgiving morning. Firefighters found flames showing from the home when they arrived on scene. Crews called for a second alarm just before 8:30 a.m.

Right now there is no word on occupants of the home or injuries.














Man Accused Of Choking Son Enters Plea

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A man who allegedly tried to suffocate his 19-month-old son in September has pleaded not criminally responsible.

Thirty-three-year-old Alton Ambush of Frederick entered the plea Tuesday. He is charged with second-degree assault and other offenses in the Sept. 17 attack on his son.

Frederick County District Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose accepted Ambush's plea and postponed the case for Ambush to undergo an evaluation at a facility of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Police say they were called to a home on Sept. 17 and found Ambush attempting to suffocate his son. Police say they eventually got the father to let go of his son. The boy recovered after being treated at a hospital.
Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com

The Who's Who of this Week's Viewers' Choice Poll

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- The third round of playoffs in Maryland and Virginia is fast approaching, and there are some  exciting first time match-ups and rematches on the schedule this Friday night. Learn a little more about each of these games and vote for your favorite from the Toyota Poll of the Week article.  We will announce the winner on Thursday night during the 11 o'clock newscast. 

Here are the games in the running this week:

-Broad Run at Briar Woods- Broad Run looks to avenge its only loss of the season to Briar Woods.

POLICE: Man Shined Laser Pointer Into Helicopter

SYKESVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A man was arrested for shining a laser pointer at a Maryland State Police Helicopter while it was flying over Sykesville, police said.

David H. Hopwood, 35, of Sykesville was shining a green laser pointer into the chopper while it was on its way back to Frederick, police said.

Hopwood shined the laser into the helicopter at least five times before troopers arrived at his Bristol Place home to snatch the laser pointer from him, police said.

He is charged with reckless endangerment, attempted second degree
assault on a law enforcement officer, and prohibited use of a laser

Shoplifter Pulls Knife On Store Employee

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick police say two shoplifters trying to steal video games escaped after one pulled a knife on a store employee.

It happened Saturday about 5 p.m. at the Wal Mart on Monocacy Boulevard. Police say a woman removed video games from displays and put them in a bag under the shelf. A man grabbed the games from under the shelf, put them in a shopping cart and head toward the front of the store.

An employee confronted the men, but he pulled out a knife and threatened the employee before leaving the store.
The pair fled in a silver SUV.

Armed Robber Sought In Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- Frederick Police are looking for a man they say robbed a drugstore early Monday morning.

The man walked into the CVS drugstore, on 402 South Jefferson Street, at around 1:00 a.m. demanding money, warning the cashier he was carrying a gun, police said.

Police say the man has a goatee and was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the
Frederick Police Dept. at 301-600-2100, or anonymously at 301-600-8477.

Zoning Appeals Board Denies PATH Substation

The Frederick News-Post reports that the proposed electric substation near Mount Airy was denied by the Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals in a 2-to-1 vote tonight.

More than 200 people filled the room awaiting the decision. Board member John R. Clapp made the motion to deny, seconded by Carole Jaar Sepe. Chairwoman Lara Roholt Westdorp voted against the motion.

Allegheny Energy representatives said they would await the written decision by the board before issuing an official response. Richard Ishler, president of a citizens group opposing the substation, said it would continue to fight the substation plan.