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Trash compactor fire causes road closure in Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A trash compactor fire caused a road closure in Bethesda on Sunday evening.

The fire broke just after 4:30 p.m. in the 8200 block of Wisconsin Avenue, fire officials said. The bulk of the fire was in a large trash compactor in the basement and heavy smoke was visible on multiple floors, fire officials said.

Wisconsin Avenue was closed at Battery Lane due to fire department activity.


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Test for Obama after complaining of sore throat


BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is getting some medical tests at a military hospital just outside Washington after complaining of a sore throat.

Press secretary Josh Ernest says that Obama's doctor, Ronny Jackson, suggested that the president go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for some diagnostic tests.

The White House says that according to the doctor, Obama's quickly scheduled test is a matter of convenience - not a matter of urgency - and the spokesman notes that the president had some free time in his schedule Saturday afternoon.

The White House promises to provide updates.

The 53-year-old Obama had a physical exam in May and was said to be in excellent health.


Rockville stabbing suspect thought roommate practiced 'witchcraft'



ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman accused of stabbing her roommate in a Rockville condominium thought the victim was "evil" and practiced "witchcraft."


Rita Narcissa Sanders-Campfield, 53, faces first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 67-year-old Chong Park. She was ordered held without bond at a hearing Wednesday afternoon.



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Elderly woman dies after 3-car-crash in Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- An elderly New Jersey woman has succumbed to injuries sustained during a three car crash in Bethesda on Saturday.

The accident happened around noon on Democracy Boulevard at the ramp from southbound I-270, police said. The woman was a passenger in a Toyota Camry that was struck just after exiting the Southbound ramp of I-270.

The woman, identified as 88-year-old Betty Nelson of Cherry Hill, New Jersey was transported to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The Toyota Camry was struck by a truck owned by Montgomery County, which was then struck by a Mercedes, police said.

The other passengers involved in the accident suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Westbound Democracy Boulevard was shut down for several hours, after the accident, police said.

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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

Road closures in Bethesda due to water main break


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two right lanes are closed on southbound Wisconsin Avenue at Battery Lane in Bethesda, Md. due to a water main break, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.


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.