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Montgomery County Ambulance Fee Fails

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- With most of precincts reporting, 54% voters in Montgomery County are voting "No" to a proposed ambulance fee. 

Local firefighters tried to dispel, what they were calling, the "myths" about the ambulance fee before Tuesday's vote.

"It is not a tax," said one fire chief. "It is not a fee and no county resident will ever pay a dime or get a bill. It is a revenue stream."

They said a revenue stream would come from insurance companies roughly to the tune of $14 million. People who don't have insurance will not have to pay a fee if they call 911.

"The unfortunate impact is without the the EMS transport fee is the potential for 89 career firefighters and paramedics to be laid off in addition 11 ems units to be de-staffed," firefighters said.

It looks like voters would rather take their chances with their insurance companies, rather than pay the fee.

Gov. Martin O'Malley Wins 2nd Term In Maryland

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley won a second term in a rematch with Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Tuesday in a race that featured negative advertising and sniping debates between Maryland's two biggest political rivals.

O'Malley's victory provided a bright spot for Democrats suffering big losses in both congressional and governors' races. His first term was hampered largely by the recession, which made budget cuts routine over the last three years. Still, the governor emphasized throughout the campaign that he has worked hard to protect priorities in public safety and education while positioning Maryland to weather the recession better than most states.

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6 Md. House Members And Sen. Mikulski Re-elected

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil faced a strong challenge Tuesday from Republican state Sen. Andy Harris in Maryland's most competitive congressional race.

The former Queen Anne's County prosecutor narrowly won the 1st Congressional District two years ago after the GOP had held it for 18 years. In Tuesday's rematch, Harris, a Baltimore County physician, sought to win back the seat for the Republicans.

With 6 percent of precincts reporting, Harris had 51 percent of the vote to Kratovil's 46 percent. Libertarian Richard Davis had 3 percent.

Two Speed Camera Control Boxes Set On Fire

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Two fires to speed camera control boxes caused $80,000 of damage, said Captain Oscar Garcia with Montgomery County Fire and EMS.

He said a driver spotted one of the fires just after 2 a.m. along Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg. Another fire happened nearly four miles away at 5:22 a.m. on Germantown Road.

Investigators said the fires were set intentionally and they do not believe it was part of a Halloween prank.

Police collected evidence at the scene, including a lock they believe was used to keep the door to the control box shut.

Garcia said speed cameras have been vandalized before, but usually the lenses are painted over. He said this is the first time a speed camera was set on fire in the county.

Written by Lindsey Mastis
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

Concern for Missing Juvenile

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Germantown juvenile.

Anthony Leonard Jr., 11 years old, of the 14000 block of Gallop Terrace in Germantown, was last seen on at 706 University Boulevard in Silver Spring, yesterday at approximately 1:00 p.m. 

He is described as a black male, 4’ tall and weighing 140 pounds.  He has brown eyes and short brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a red shirt with long black sleeves with a gray vest and black sweat pants.  He was also wearing a “76ers” basketball jersey under his shirt.

Police and family are concerned because of his age.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Anthony Leonard Jr., is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Maryland Early Voting

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WUSA)-- For the general election, early voting centers will be open starting Friday October 22, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010, except for Sunday, October 24th when early voting centers are closed.

Early voting centers will be open from 10 am until 8 pm each day of early voting. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.

Where can I vote early?

You can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. From the list below, select the county where you live to find out where the early voting center or centers are in your county.

Allegany County

Anne Arundel County

Mom Stops Bullying Text Campaign

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) - "It was bullying by text message," said Chantel Wright whose 12-year-old son recently received an alarming text message from four friends. It was a plan to get the whole class to ostracize one of their classmates.

"Basically it said, 'Don't be a friend, don't talk to him and have it last a week. And forward it to everyone,'" said Wright. She thought back to her days in middle school when she was bullied.

"Classmates ganging up on me, in a circle, taunting me, calling me names."

Though that was horrible, she found the covert bullying by text message equally disturbing and called her son's Montgomery County middle school.

"They immediately put a stop to it. Brought everyone involved in and talked to them. They were upset too," she said.