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Relief for drivers along MD Route 355


BETHESDA, Maryland (WUSA9)--Anyone who drives the Maryland Route 355 corridor knows they need to give themselves plenty of extra time and patience. It is one of the most congested commuter routes in Montgomery County.

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Monday relief was announced for one section of the road in Bethesda: a $13.8 million construction project to improve the flow of traffic at the intersection near the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Other road improvement projects are in the works as well for Fort Meade, Joint Base Andrews and Aberdeen Proving Ground.

This work is part of a plan to ease commuter headaches near facilities that were enlarged due to BRAC.

MISSING: 72-year-old DC man in Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police are looking for a missing 72-year-old man from D.C.

Kenneth McCurdy was last seen on May 17 at the Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation Center located at 5721 Grosvenor Lane.

McCurdy is described as a black male, 6' 01" tall, and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and a gray beard. McCurdy was last seen wearing blue jeans, sneakers, and an unknown colored shirt.

Police and family are concerned for McCurdy's mental well-being.

Anyone with information regarding Kenneth McCurdy's whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.


Friday Pothole Alert: Bradley Blvd


BETHESDA, MD (WUSA9)--Our Pothole Alert for the day comes from Nancy Samit of Bethesda.

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Nancy warns there are some huge potholes along Bradley Boulevard between Valley Road and Ewing Drive.

Suspect sought in Bethesda office burglaries


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police are investigating a series of burglaries at several offices in Bethesda.

Police say four suites in the Bethesda Office Center at 4520 East West Highway and one at the Bethesda Towers were burglarized between April 4 and April 7.

Detectives have released photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public's assistance in identifying him.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect involved in these burglaries is asked to contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.


WUSA9 video raises questions about red light camera


UPDATE: BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police say a red light camera in Bethesda that takes pictures all night long even though the light at the intersection is set to flash yellow is not a hazard to motorists, and no tickets have been wrongly issued.

WUSA9 questioned the red light camera at the intersection of Goldsboro Road and River Road after photojournalist James Hash documented the camera being set off by nearly every vehicle passing through, even though the light at the intersection only flashed yellow and never turned red.

Some motorists in the video appear to be distracted by the flash of the strobes, and some appeared to come to a stop at the intersection even though a full stop is not required.

Police said the camera has been behaving the same way since it was installed in 2012. A spokesman characterized the situation as a "glitch" that managers are well aware of.

Wisconsin Ave reopens after gas leak in Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- Wisconsin Avenue has reopened hours after a gas line was severed in Bethesda on Tuesday morning.

At approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, a third-party contractor severed a 1-and-a-half inch gas line near the intersection of Woodmont and Wisconsin Avenues, say officials.

The worker had an medical emergency or was possibly overcome by exposure to the gas, say fire officials. He was transported as a priority 1 patient but was improving in condition on the way to the hospital.

There were limited evacuations on Miller Avenue.

Wisconsin Avenue was shut down in both directions between Bradley Boulevard and Bethesda Avenue.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services and Washington Gas responded to the scene.


Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a woman who they say bit another woman's leg and pushed a police officer.

Bonnie Lu Jackson, 42, of Manassas, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, assault & battery on a LEO, and domestic assault & battery.

On April 19 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to the 7300 block of Castle Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, reported that she and Jackson were involved in a verbal altercation that had escalated, according to police.

Police say that Jackson assaulted the victim and bit her leg. At some time during the altercation, Jackson grabbed a knife and charged towards the victim. Another person was able to separate the two women.