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Broken gas line in Bethesda prompts evacuations


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Residents of a Bethesda neighborhood were evacuated after a construction crew broke a high pressure gas line, according to Montgomery County Fire Officials.

The break happened in the 4800 block of Montgomery Lane, the area has been closed off.

About 30 people were evacuated and relocated to the Bethesda Library, according to fire officials. Some residents sheltered in place.

Woodmont Avenue is blocked at Montgomery Lane.

The Montgomery County Hazmat unit is also responding to the scene.

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Water main break impacts road conditions in Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Crews have finished repairing a water main break in Bethesda that created icy road conditions on Walhonding Road on Tuesday evening.Walhonding Road connects MacArthur Boulevard with Massachusetts Avenue.

The water main break occurred around 5 p.m. on Walhonding Road between Massachusetts Avenue and Sangamore Road.

Water was flowing down the street at a steady flow for hours. Combine that with the freezing temperatures and the existing patches of black ice on the street and it was expected to make for some treacherous conditions Wednesday.

There's no word on whether or not customers have water service again.

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Tree blocks traffic on Massachusetts Ave. in Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- A large tree blocked traffic on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda Sunday, police said.

The tree fell on Massachusetts Avenue between Goldsboro Road and Sangamore Road, according to police.

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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

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Man accused of squatting Bethesda home indicted


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who was accused of squatting a million dollar home in Bethesda was indicted on seven counts Thursday by the Montgomery County Grand Jury.

James Devlin Crombie is being indicted on the following charges: first-degree burglary, theft of $100,000 plus, two counts of fraud-personal identifying information theft, obtain good- money forgery, and theft to $10,000 to under $100,000.

Crombie was accused of moving his entire family into the home he did not own located in Bethesda last year.

"We look forward to prosecuting Mr. Crombie and proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed the below attached crimes," said Ramon Korionoff, public affairs director for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.

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DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Police investigate fatal Montgomery County collision


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are investigating a fatal Bethesda car crash.

The crash took place on December 28th in the 4800 block of Bethesda Avenue, police said. Initial investigation revealed a 1997 Honda CR-V backed out of a parking space, began driving forward, accelerated and struck the wall of a parking garage, police said.

The driver has been identified as Gail Silverstone of Northwest, D.C. Silverstone was alert and speaking at the scene and was taken to the hospital, police said. Silverstone succumbed to her injuries and died on December 30th, police said.

Investigators would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash, anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.