Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thefts from Vehicles

The Frederick Police Department’s Directed Patrol Unit has identified several small patterns of thefts from vehicles in the Frederick City area through crime analysis. The Carroll Park Manor subdivision, Willowdale Drive area, and Worman’s Mill subdivision are locations that have recently seen this type of criminal activity. We will be attempting to address these crimes through various techniques. Although this type of crime happens in most areas at some point, citizens are encouraged to take counter theft measures such as removing valuables from vehicles & locking vehicle doors. If it is not possible to remove valuables please take the time to conceal them by putting them in a location that renders them out of sight. We would also encourage parking under or around lighting if possible. We encourage citizens to be aware of strange people or vehicles that are acting suspiciously in their neighborhoods and to report them to the police at 301-600-2100. It is also very helpful, if it is possible to obtain a description of the persons or vehicles, to include a registration tag number, and pass that on to the police dispatcher.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Using Your Inner Voice

Meditate, Connect and Listen to Your Inner Voice

My name is Harriet and I’m an intuitive and a paranormal investigator. In my line of work I’m dealing with ghosts all year round. Most people just enjoy ghost and ghost stories around Halloween. I want to share some of my ghostly experiences with you and answer questions you may have about the paranormal. At the end of this article, you will see how to contact me. Please do so and share any questions you may have.

One of my specialties is helping people listen and connect to their inner voice, their spirit guides, angels or messengers. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of concentration and focusing not only on my part but on the part of the person I’m working with. Sometimes before we can actually begin a session, I have to help that person let go of stress. Believe me stress stops, alters, interrupts and interferes with communications with people of this earth and people not of this earth. How can you hear your inner voice when you ask for guidance if you are all stressed? You can pray but you’ll never hear the answers if you’ve blocked the communications. If you are a stress mess your body is doing all it can to deal with it and focus is lost.

Recently I had some test run and they had to insert an IV. A delightful, experienced nurse tried to insert the needle. I warned her that I had difficult veins. She tried once and sure enough, my vein said you’re not putting that needle in here. She tried again and after excruciating pain it was concluded that this vein wasn’t going to work either. The nurse said she was going to get a tech with a reputation for being able to, with very little effort, insert the needle in difficult veins. That charming lady picked the vein and had success on the first try. I thanked her for her expertise. She said she attributed her success to her ability to focus. I can tell you, I really appreciated her ability to focus.

In order to focus you have to rid your body of as much stress as possible. Your inability to focus can adversely affect your job. In some situations, your inability to focus can be dangerous i.e. behind the wheel of a car, operating machinery.

Meditation is an excellent method of releasing stress and improves the ability to focus. I teach meditation and I mediate every day. Sometimes I go where I can let someone else lead me into a relaxing state of meditation. It’s good for your mind, your soul and your body. It has healing power.

Meditation is for this new world we live in. In the beginning it will probably take you about an hour to get to that desired state of complete relaxation. After just a few times, it’ll take about 30 wonderful minutes – minutes you will come to treasure. With more practice, you will be able to achieve success in 10 minutes but I promise you, you’ll treasure the days when you can take 30 minutes to meditate. You will start finding those 30 minutes because you will experience the benefits. You can meditate in the privacy of your home, all by yourself. Doesn’t that sound good!

If you want to improve communications and your ability to focus, hear your inner voice, connect with your guides, hear God when he speaks, (God doesn’t shout) meditation will open the airwaves and provide a conduit. Your stress will melt away and clear a path that allows you to focus. You’ll accomplish more and feel more energized – more alive!

Speak soon.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Theft at Walmart

11-12-09 at approximately 1720 hrs. Officers of the Frederick Police Dept. Patrol Squad “D” responded to a theft in progress at the K-Mart on Rt. #40. OFC. Marvin Cox arrived on scene first and encountered 3 suspects leaving the store while attempting to remove price stickers from merchandise. The suspects fit the description provided by store security. OFC. Cox detained the suspects until additional units arrived on scene. A 4th suspect was located in the immediate area with the assistance of store security personnel. All 4 suspects were positively identified with the assistance of store security personnel and review of surveillance video from the incident. The suspects ranged in age from 14 to 17 years of age. All stolen merchandise was recovered. They were charged with Theft under $500 and Conspiracy to commit theft.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Arrest: BOWIE, Travis Ellsworth

At 3:15 P.M., an off-duty police officer notified the Frederick Police Department that he observed a subject he knew to be wanted by police in the area of Rose Hill Manor. FPD officers responded and located BOWIE, who fit the description called in by the off-duty officer. When the officers attempted to make contact with BOWIE, he fled on foot. A short chase ensued and BOWIE was caught and detained pending his positive identification. Once identified, BOWIE was arrested and being escorted to a police cruiser when he broke free and fled on foot a second time, jumping two fences in the process. He was captured again and a brief struggle ensued as BOWIE resisted arrest. He was brought under control and transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center for processing. It is noteworthy that BOWIE is listed as one of “Frederick’s Most Wanted” on the City of Frederick webpage.

Chasing the Refi . . .

So you keep hearing that interest rates are low. You're probably asking yourself if it's time to refinance. Well, that depends. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Are you currently paying mortgage insurance and will that go away because you have enough equity in your house? If you are able to get rid of the mortgage insurance premium you could actually take that extra payment and put it towards your principal, paying your mortgage down quicker.

  • Your payment right now is so high it's painful to make the payment and refinancing would make the payment more manageable.

  • Do you have equity in your house? If not, you may be faced with having to refinance into a a FHA loan and that means you will have mortgage insurance.

  • Your payment may go down but you may be paying longer. For example, you are 5 years into your 30 year mortgage, you refinance and now the clock starts over because you refinance into a new 30 year mortgage. One way to combat that is to get a 25 year, or even 20 year mortgage.

  • What is the cost to refinance? For example, if it costs you $8,000 to refinance and it will lower your payment by $150 a month- how long will it take you for you to recoup the savings? Take $8000 and divide by $150 that would mean it would take you 53 months or 4.5 years to recover that $8000. So unless you're planning on staying in your house for at least 5 or more years you might want to reconsider whether it's worth refinancing. One way to combat the cost is to take your current money being held by your lender for your insurance and taxes (called escrow) and your payment you get to miss the month after you refinance and put that towards your refinance costs. That could cut the costs of the refinance in half, thereby giving you a short time line to recoup the costs of refinancing.

Remember this is all very general, there are a lot variables and more things to consider that aren't discussed. So before you decide to chase the refi craze, run the numbers and make sure they work. You may just decide you're better off right now without refinancing.
For more real estate information be sure and check out or call 301-865-9561

Sexual Assault

On 11/11/09, members of the FPD Patrol Division responded to an attempted sexual assault. A female victim advised she was walking in the area of E. Church St. and Highland Ave., between 0400 and 0500 hours, when she was followed by a male that assaulted her. The male attempted to pull the woman’s clothes off and struck her several times. The victim was able to fight off her attacker, sustained minor injuries, and is in good condition. The male was described as:

White male

6-02 to 6-04

Light brown to dark blond hair, curls and unkempt

Full beard and mustache

Black T- shirt

Dark blue jeans

FPD’s Criminal Investigation Division will be following up with the investigation. In the meantime, anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact Sgt. J.P. Hayer at 301-600-1265 or the FPD crime tip line at 240-600-TIPS.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mount St. Mary's University Teams Up with Campbell's Soup Company

Emmitsburg, MD - Mount St. Mary’s University teams up with the Campbell's Soup Company in the fight to end hunger in the “Let’s Can Hunger Challenge”. The Mount St. Mary’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Hockey Team have organized a local food drive to collect and donate food to the Emmitsburg Food Bank and feed those who are hungry this Thanksgiving season.

“The Mount Hockey Club, as its service to the community, has been conducting two food drives each year, for Thanksgiving and during Lent, for thirteen years now,” says the Ice Hockey Coach Fr. Jim Donohue. “This year the Mount's School of Business' Dr. Karl Einolf and Dr. Sandra Sjoberg approached me about coordinating our efforts with the SIFE team. It is a great partnership and teaming up together will help us to secure more food for the poor.”

The Mount St. Mary’s campus community plans to make a difference by giving to those who live each day with a little amount of food. The Food Drive will run from November 2nd to November 16th. Collection bins have been placed around campus to place non-perishable food items.

Monetary donations will be accepted from November 9th to November 13th in Patriot Hall.
Hunger is both a global and local issue. One of the biggest social issues facing American today is hunger. There are 35,000,000 Americans who are food insecure. As well as 12.9% of individuals in Emmitsburg who are living below the poverty level.

SIFE has been encouraged by Campbell’s with the “Let’s Can Hunger Challenge!” The challenge focuses on three areas: urgent hunger relief with food drives, lasting hunger relief for more long-term sustainable projects to combat hunger, and hunger education and awareness initiatives.

The Campbell’s Soup Company will be attending the 2009 Symposium on Socially Responsible Investing, held on Monday, November 16th at 7pm in the Mount’s Knott Auditorium. The company will discuss challenges companies face to become and stay classified as being socially responsible. Campbell Soup Company’s mission is "Together we will build the world's most extraordinary food company by nourishing people's lives everywhere, every day." Campbell’s not only sell safe, high-quality products to its customers, but it also implies a responsibility to nourish those people who cannot afford to do so themselves.

Campbell’s is classified as being socially responsible because it is committed to fighting hunger, to creating healthy foods, and to environmental sustainability.

Last year Mount St. Mary’s collected just over 3,000 non-perishable food items. This year they hope to “Can Hunger,” with the challenge to collect even more than last year.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats

Entertainment for the Whole Family

The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats

Friday, November 20, 2009; 8 p.m.

Take a glimpse into the fascinating Orient with The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats. This show has been called "incredible," "breathtaking," "stunning," and "quite unbelievable." The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats have taken the world by storm and will continue to do so when they bring their 30th North American Theatre Tour to Frederick at the Weinberg Center on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now and range from $20-$30. Tickets for ages 16 and under are only $12.

The performance consists of sensational Chinese acrobatics, balancing feats, martial arts displays, and much more. A truly oriental spectacular and a show for all ages, the grace and precision of the acrobats are the triumph of years of dedicated training and discipline, but their art has been formed by centuries of tradition. Chinese acrobatics are, in fact, much more than just a series of stunts. Most of these acts clearly demonstrate the achievement of perfection through finding harmony between mind and body ~ an ancient concept in the Orient. This sensational group has performed throughout South America, Central America, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Monte Carlo, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, and the United States.

The entertainment provided by these gifted performers appeals to all ages! Most importantly, there is no language barrier and everyone attending the performance will be amazed at their unbelievable feats. So, audiences should prepare to sit back, relax, and be transported by these incredible performers to the mystical land of “Shangri-La” where anything is possible…and illusion becomes reality!

To purchase tickets, call the Weinberg Center for the Arts at 301-600-2828 or online at

The Weinberg Center for the Arts, a municipal facility of the City of Frederick, is located at 20 West Patrick Street in downtown Frederick, Maryland. The historic theatre opened in 1926 as the Tivoli, and was donated to the City of Frederick in 1978. Today as one of the region’s premier presenting facilities, the 1,200 seat Weinberg Center offers professional LIVE! Series, including dance, music, theatre, family performances and films, weekday performances for students, and classic movies. Performance space and professional services are available to a variety of community arts groups, civic and business organizations, and other arts promoters. Programming at the Weinberg Center for the Arts is made possible with support from the City of Frederick, Frederick County Government, Maryland State Arts Council, Frederick Arts Council, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Frederick News-Post, Bank of America Foundation, The Plamondon Companies and other corporate and individual donors. For more information about upcoming events at the Weinberg Center, please call the Box Office at 301-600-2828 or visit

The Mount Combats the Skyrocketing Price of Textbooks

EMMITSBURG, MD- Mount St. Mary’s University is aggressively recruiting adult-undergraduate and transfer students with a new free book policy. The offer also includes new financial aid packages for transfer students along with the textbook offer to help offset the cost of tuition.

“We realize this is a bold but necessary move to help our students with the huge cost of today’s textbooks,” says Mount President Thomas H. Powell. “The Mount has been looking for ways to make it easier and more affordable for adult students and transfers from community colleges. This is what needs to happen.”

According to a recent study by the Student Public Interest Research Groups, the average cost for a college-level text book is $131.44 per book.

The first phase of the cost-cutting measure kicks-off at the Mount’s Frederick campus, where individuals who attend the Information Session on November 5th and enroll in the undergraduate accelerated program will have their textbooks for their first class provided at no cost. The University’s Center for Professional & Continuing Studies in Frederick offers evening and weekend classes designed for working adults.

“Free books for their first class is another effort on our part to make the transition back into college that much easier for those who have wanted to complete their degree for years but always found some obstacle in their path,” says Joe Lebherz, director of the Center.

The second phase includes free books for all transfer students who received their Associates’ degree and are enrolled at the Mount for spring semester of 2010. The free books are awarded for two academic years or four semesters. The spring application deadline for transfer students is December 1, 2009.

Named one of the most faithful and affordable Catholic colleges in the country, Mount St. Mary’s University competes on the national level with its nineteen Division One athletic teams. The Mount has more than 70 club and intramural sports and a vibrant campus activity program.

For more information on the November 5th Information Session, please contact Joe Lebherz at 877-MSM-8648 or visit