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Bethesda woman among those rescued by 'British Schindler'

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Bethesda woman is among the more than 600 children rescued during WWII by Nicholas Winton, who is best known as the "British Schindler".

In 1939, Alice Masters was a teenager living in a small then-Czechoslovakian town with her parents and two sisters.

"In the winter we skated and skied. We had a wonderful childhood. It was a village life, and I loved everything about it," Masters said.

But Hitler's army was steadily making its way into Europe. In Germany, his men had already carried out deadly attacks on Jewish homes and businesses –Masters' family was Jewish. Her parents were worried, but one of Masters' uncles, who was living in London, told them about a man named Nicholas Winton, who had something to do with getting children from Prague to London.

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Md. man arrested for using selfie stick to record neighbor

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County man has been arrested for using a selfie stick to take unauthorized recordings of a neighbor, police announced Thursday.

Sixty-year-old Donald Frazier Beard, of the 10600 block of Montrose Avenue in Bethesda, is charged with one count of placing a camera in a private residence, one count of visual surveillance in a private residence, and two counts of interception of communications, according to police.

Officers were originally called to Frazier's street on Oct. 27, 2014, when a female resident reported seeing a camera attached to a metal pole in front of her sliding glass door, according to police. After Beard was identified as a suspect, police executed a search warrant that led to the seizure of several electronic devices belonging to him.

Part of Wisconsin Ave SB in Bethesda closed Saturday

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A busy stretch of Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda will be closed for most of the day Saturday so work can continue on a construction project.

The southbound lanes of Wisconsin (Route 355) will be closed between Commerce Lane and Old Georgetown Road between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday.

The closure will allow for a crane to hoist steel and a rooftop air conditioner onto a new high rise building.

Drivers will be rerouted and pedestrians will be detoured around the construction site.


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Woman uses stolen credit cards at Bethesda Apple store

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Frederick County Sheriff's Office is searching for a woman who used two stolen credit cards to buy merchandise from the Apple Store in Bethesda back in April.

The suspect went into the store on April 19 at 2:40 p.m. and bought items using two cards that had been reported stolen from a victim in Mount Airy, officials said.

The suspect is described as a white woman, between the ages of 20 and 25. She has long, straight, light brown hair and an average build and height. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray long sleeve fleece style jacket, a dark colored horizontal striped shirt, black shoes and white socks.

Anyone with information about the case or who can identify the suspects is asked to call Detective Joe McCallion at 301-600-1022.

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Ex-council candidate charged with abusing 87-year-old mother

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Bethesda man who was once a Montgomery County Council candidate for District 1 is accused of seriously injuring and abusing his 87-year-old mother.

At about 3 a.m. Friday, Montgomery County fire personnel responded to a home on the 6000 block of Beech Avenue shared by James Kirkland, 57, and his mother for a report of a sick patient.

While the woman was being transported to the hospital, paramedics noticed she had signs of neglect and abuse.

Md. karate teacher who taped sex acts with students fled country

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County karate teacher who taped sex acts with male students has fled the country, according to police.

Alexander Soumbadze, 26, of Bethesda is being charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography. Police believe he fled the country on April 3 to Georgia. Police also said he is the son of diplomats.

Police say they have videos of Soumbadze touching and engaging in sexual acts with young males in a Chevy Chase karate studio. They're looking for the victims in the videos.

A person was uploading child pornography on the Internet in December 2014, police said. Investigators were able to track the address to Soumbadze's Bethesda home.

Man sets 3 cars on fire in Montgomery County

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who set three cars on fire in Bethesda has been arrested, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

Mansour Benkreira, 20, of Bethesda was arrested and is being charged with three counts of arson, according to officials.

The incidents happened around 6 a.m. Thursday. Two of the cars were located along Glenbrook Road and the other was on Wessling Lane.