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“Move Over” Law Now In Effect

On October 1st, a newly enacted law went into effect throughout the state of Maryland.  It has been referred to as the “Move-Over” law and is designed to increase the safety of first responders stopped alongside the roadways throughout the State. 

The purpose of this law is to provide an increased layer of separation between the law enforcement officer, fire/rescue personnel, and/or motorists stopped on the shoulder of a highway.  This is accomplished by motorists either safely moving out of the travel lane next to where the emergency vehicle - operating it’s emergency lights is, or if that is not possible, to reduce their speed while passing the stopped emergency vehicle.

 

Under Transportation Article Title 21, Section 405 (e):

Tips for Holiday Shoppers on Avoiding Online Auction Fraud

FREDERICK, MD – (October 6, 2010) – Online auctions have become a popular and lucrative online arena. Many people are getting entertainment value out of it as well. They are often still interested in seeing what is being offered, where the prices are at, and how much time may still be left on a particular item. For those that choose to buy, it is important that they take steps to ensure that they avoid the online auction fraud that does exist. 

“Online auctions not only offer a moving inventory which is ever-changing, but also provide a good source of entertainment for many shoppers,” explains PJ Bellomo, chief executive officer for PropertyRoom.com. “You want to be able to cash in on great online deals, but you have to do it in a safe manner or your savings will end up costing you.”

Frederick Man Killed In Afghanistan

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- An Army Ranger who grew up and went to school here was killed in Afghanistan during a firefight on October First.

Sgt. 1st Class Lance Vogeler died during his ninth combat deployment in the last nine years. He was serving his eighth deployment in Afghanistan, and had been wounded on one of his four deployments in Iraq.

"He was shot a few years ago in his legs and they brought him home and they rehabilitated him and all he talked about was 'I want to go back with my troops,'" said his next-door-neighbor from his childhood days, Sandra Ashcroft.

"Why did he feel that way?" asked 9NewsNow.

"He loved America," Ashcroft responded.

"I wish the American people could truly understand the dedication and sacrifice that Lance Vogeler made for his country," said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment in a formal Army press release.

Md. Soldier Killed Supporting Operation Enduring Freedom

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) - The Department of Defense has announced the death of a soldier from Frederick, Md., who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Officials said Sgt. 1st Class Lance H. Vogeler died October 1, in Bastion, Afghanistan, of wounds he suffered in Helmand, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit.

Vogeler enlisted in the U.S. Army in May of 2001 and officials said for nearly nine years he served as a mortor man in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment said, "I wish the American people could truly understand the dedication and sacrifice that Lance Vogeler made for his country."

Vogeler is survived by his wife, Melissa Lee Vogeler of Savannah, Ga.; his son, Kyle Vogeler, and his daughter, Madison Eyler, both of Frederick, Md.; and his parents, Timothy and Donna Vogeler, also of Frederick, Md.

Report: Lab Worker Had High Levels Of Encephalitis

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A U.S. Army report says a worker who recently left a Fort Detrick lab showed markedly high levels of Venezuelan equine encephalitis.

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases says the employee was not sick and did not display any symptoms, but the elevated antibody levels indicate exposure to the disease or the vaccine strain.

Spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden says the institute is investigating the situation. Vander Liden says officials have no reason to believe that any other lab workers are at risk.

The worker didn't handle the virus, but was vaccinated against it because others in the same suit researched it.

The lab made the finding during a routine blood test in late August, when the employee left for another job.
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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com

Frederick Triplets Star in 'Life As We Know It' Along Side Katherine Heigl

The Clagett triplets, Brooke, Brynn, and Alexis have been cast in the Warner Bros. movie Life As We Know It starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. 

On October 8th the Clagett's will be having a kids Red Carpet Party in Frederick with about 70 kids attending. They will be closing off the street and having photo opps, music, food, games, and dancing. Later that evening 200 of their family and friends will be attending the movie together in Frederick.

Clagett Triplets’ Biography

What are the chances of being born spontaneous identical triplets? Many put the odds at one in 200 million!

What are the odds of being cast in a major Warner Brothers movie, after a national search, at the age of 15 months with no experience, no resume, and no headshots?  Slim at best.

Frederick Family Poised to Hold 4 Political Offices At Once

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- A well-known political family in Frederick may be poised to make county history by holding four local elected offices at once if voters elect the family members now on the ballot November 2.

If Ron Young, 69, and sons Brad, 45, and Blaine, 39, win their elections, the trio will simultaneously gain seats in state and county offices. They'll join Ron's third wife, currently serving Frederick Alderman Karen L. Young (D), in elected office to make it a Young political quartet.

The family's political history goes back to 1974, when Ron Young first took office as Frederick's Mayor, where he served for 16 years. Blaine's history includes previous stints as a city alderman and county commissioner. Brad has served on the Democratic party's Central Committee. But never have all four family members served at the same time.

Ron is running as a Democrat for the District 3 Senate seat now held by incumbent Republican Alex Mooney.