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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.

Vehicle Hits Gas Main; Causes Leak

FREDERICK, MD. (AP)— Frederick Police say a vehicle spotted going the wrong way hit a gas main causing a natural gas leak.

When an officer stopped a vehicle going the wrong way on North Bentz Street early Thursday, police say the officer saw heavy front end damage and noticed that the driver appeared intoxicated. Officers found pieces of the vehicle by the damaged gas main and noticed a natural gas leak.

Area homes were evacuated and a section of West 2nd Street was shut down until the main could be shut off and secured a short time later. Police say the driver, 23-year-old Ken Smith of Frederick, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, but they expect to charge him with driving under the influence, hit and run and driving without a license.

Woman Wakes Up To Unwanted Guest

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- A Frederick man was arrested for sleeping in the wrong bed early Wednesday morning.

Shane Michael Hildebrand told police he thought he was crashing at a friend's house when they woke him up at around 2:00 a.m.

Police weren't buying that story and neither was the actual resident of the home on West 3rd Street in Frederick.

The woman living at the home says she woke up after hearing "crashes and other noises," according to cops.

Police say Hildebrand was "extremely intoxicated," so they arrested him for breaking and entering.

Woman Killed in Myersville Crash

The Herald-Mail reports that a Frederick, Md., woman was killed Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 40 near Church Hill Road, according to Maryland State Police.

Tammy Marie Jessee, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Jessee was driving a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser east on Md. 40 about 4 p.m. when she stopped to turn left into a driveway, police said in a news release.

A 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 driven by Carl Buell, 48, of Myersville, struck the rear of Jessee’s car, which went into the westbound lane and struck a 2005 Freightliner Classic XC tractor-trailer, police said.

The tractor-trailer was driven by Edward Deputy Jr., 42, of Bedford, Pa., police said.

The road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash and troopers were assisted by the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Office, among other officials.

Comic Book Store Moves To New, Bigger Site

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A comic book store that's been in Frederick for 27 years has relocated to a space that's almost twice as big.

Brainstorm Comics owner Dann Webb moved his business from Thomas Johnson Drive to East Patrick Street in downtown in mid September. The move takes him from a 1,400-square-foot location to a location with 2,400-square-feet.

Webb says he was introduced to comic books when he worked as a nightshift security guard and he would buy comic books to keep himself awake.

Maryland Triplets Star In Movie, 'Life As We Know It'

FREDERICK, Md.  (WUSA) - The Clagett triplets star as the orphaned baby in the new movie "Life As We Know It."

They giggle, they smile, and they all see-saw together, without a poke, prod or pout. Brynn, Alexis and Brooke are downright irresistible.

Family Remembers Frederick Soldier

(CNN) - Ask Tim Vogeler what kind of person his son was and his hands begin to move while his younger son, Chris, translates.

"I wish the world could meet him. Just amazing. My son was awesome."

He and his wife Donna are deaf. They may not be able to speak about how proud they are, but they can certainly still tell you.

"Loved to help people. Very joyful man. Great son."

Twenty-nine-year-old Sergeant First Class Lance Vogeler was an Army Ranger, a special breed of soldier. Nothing proved that more than the number of times he put himself in harm's way. Vogeler did four rotations in Iraq and eight in Afghanistan, a dozen combat tours overall.

Hugh Williams served alongside him for four years. "He led by example. The man led by example. He was not going to ask you to do something he himself was not willing to do."