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Dozens Of Tires Slashed in Frederick Neighborhood

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) Don Fletcher was not amused Sunday morning. His work van had two tires slashed in front of his home on Hillcrest Drive in Frederick. The landscaping contractor will need to miss a day of work. "I have four kids and two senior citizens to support and this is something I can't afford"

Fletcher wasn't alone, police say at least 31 vehicles, some of them work vans and trucks had one or two of their tires slashed while they were parked on the side streets near the intersection of Butterfly Lane and Hillcrest Drive in Frederick.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

EPA Probing Source Of Green Water From Fort Detrick

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Fort Detrick officials say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the source of some harmless green water found flowing from the Army installation in Frederick into the Monocacy River earlier this month.

Two Fort Detrick officials told The Frederick News-Post about the criminal investigation Thursday. The EPA says it can't confirm or deny the investigation.

A Fort Detrick spokesman says the Army is looking into the possibility that someone came onto the installation and poured green dye into a storm drain.

Workers at the post's wastewater treatment plant noticed the discoloration Sept. 2. Post officials say it appeared to be colored with dye used in waterflow studies.

It is illegal to use trace dye without an EPA permit.

FBI Seeks Suspect In 38 Restaurant Robberies

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The FBI Baltimore field office says law enforcement agencies are searching for a man suspected of robbing dozens of restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

The FBI says since February 2009, there have been 38 armed robberies of restaurants in the region. That includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland; Newark, Del.; York, Pa.; and Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia.

Authorities say the man has displayed a gun in all the robberies and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Library in Frederick Infested

 

Frederick, 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.


 

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.

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.