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Transient criminals targeting Bethesda homes

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are warning residents in the Bethesda area to be aware of a group of transient criminals who are burglarizing homes.

The thieves have hit more than a dozen homes since September.

The suspects may pose as WSSC employees to divert homeowners to the basement while a break-in team goes inside to rob the house. In other cases, a woman may ask to use the phone while another woman steals property, according to police.

Transient criminals will also knock on the front door and if no one answers, they will enter through a side door or rear window, police say.

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18-year-old carjacked at gunpoint in Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police say an 18-year-old girl was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday night in Bethesda.

It happened at approximately 6:55 p.m. in the 7800 block of Hampden Lane, police said. The girl parked her 2011 dark red Volvo XC60 on the street and began to use her phone. The vehicle was running and the doors were unlocked, according to police.

A masked, male suspect approached the vehicle and opened the driver's side door before placing a handgun to the victims head and demanding she get out of the SUV, according to police. A second male suspect opened the front passenger side door and stole a bag lying on the front seat. A third suspect was also present during the carjacking, police said.

50 firefighters respond to Bethesda basement fire

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fifty firefighters responded to a Bethesda basement fire inside of a vacant home Sunday morning, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The fire was in a basement in a vacant two-story house located at 9519 Singleton Drive, authorities said.

Nobody was injured in the fire, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

A total of 50 firefighters responded to the fire. There is significant damage to the home.

The cause of the fire appears to be accidental.

There were no explosives found at this home, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Bethesda mushroom house hits the market

One of the most unique houses in the D.C. area, a landmark of sorts, hit the market Saturday and is going for $1.2 million.

It's a home the owner says strangers try to get into all of the time.

If you haven't seen it, maybe you've heard of it? It's called the Bethesda mushroom house. The large, 3,700 sq. ft. structure sits on the 4900 block of Allan Rd.

The owner, Eddie Garfinkle, gave WUSA9 a tour that he said he wouldn't even give HGTV.

"A lot of people have wanted to see the interior. You know we've had, sometimes some would knock on the door and they'd say, 'Can I come in?' and we'd say, 'No' and they'd say, 'Why?' and we'd say, 'It's our home, we live here and you know, that type of thing but you know it's been fun," said Garfinkle.

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For Veteran’s Day, LearningRx of DC Metro Area is offering 11 percent off of their brain training programs for military families Nov. 11 through Nov. 30, located at six, local centers, Chantilly, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Reston, Va., Vienna, Va. and North Potomac, Md. For each military child they train, LearningRx will also donate $111 to SemperMax, a program to enhance the morale and welfare of wounded veterans and their families. LearningRx programs have been helping traumatic-brain-injured military veterans, like U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Horan (Ret.) of McLean, Va., recover their speech and memory skills, and LearningRx is now extending brain training to military families that are looking to make learning easier or for those who struggle with learning disabilities, ADHD or autism. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Dump truck overturns on River Rd. in Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fire and rescue officials have cleared the scene of an overturned dump truck in Montgomery County.

At 11:48 a.m., a dump truck overturned and spilled dirt onto the roadway at River Road and Goldsboro Road, police said. Hazmat crews were requested.

All lanes have reopened.


Ebola patient Nina Pham in fair condition at NIH

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Ebola stricken nurse Nina Pham is now at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda getting the critical care she needs. Pham is one of two nurses who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, who passed away from the virus.

Nina Pham is inside a NIH clinical studies unit that can hold up to two patients at a time. Pham is receiving around the clock care from highly trained, experienced doctors and nurses in the world's largest hospital dedicated to clinical research. Pham will be seen by 10 nurses a day who are working in 12 hour shifts. Patients call NIH the house of hope, nurses say there's no other hospital like it.