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Former Navy SEAL killed in Bethesda bicycle accident

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former Navy SEAL lost his life while riding his bicycle in Bethesda Friday.   

The crash that killed Timothy Aloysius Holden, 64, of Bethesda remains under investigation, say Montgomery County police officials. They say that Holden was pedaling east in the 6000 block of Massachusetts Avenue at approximately 6:15 a.m. Friday when a Chevrolet Malibu struck Holden. The cyclist was wearing his helmet when he was hit. Holden died at the scene.

He was a retired Navy Captain and Navy SEAL who survived the Persian Gulf War.  He leaves behind a wife, five daughters and three grandchildren. 

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Police search for suspect in Bethesda Macy's robbery

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are continuing to investigate a robbery at a Bethesda Macy's involving suspects who pepper sprayed authorities last month.

The 'pack' style robbery happened on July 23 at the Macy's located at 7125 Democracy Boulevard, according to Montgomery County police.

Police released additional photos of a male suspect and are asking the public to help identify him.

The investigation shows that two suspects tried to leave the store without paying for merchandise. The loss prevention officers were pepper sprayed by the suspects at they tried to stop the suspects from leaving.

'Black Lives Matter' sign removed from Bethesda church

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Bethesda church is wondering who keeps vandalizing their 'Black Lives Matter' sign and why.

The sign has now been stolen.

Only a wooded frame remains where the banner should be. It's been replaced several times and for the third time in three weeks the sign has been vandalized or removed all together.

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda put up the 'Black Lives Matter' sign last month.

A few days later, someone carefully cut out the word 'black.' Leaving the words 'Lives Matter.'

At first, the church wrote on Facebook that it was saddened by their ruined sign.

But when it happened a second time, they were angry and so were neighbors. 

Crews respond to report of Freon leak at Bethesda military base

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Naval Support Activity Bethesda Fire and Emergency Services responded to the report of a Freon leak at an administrative facility on NSAB Friday morning.

Emergency services responded to the report of two unconscious personnel due to the Freon leak at building 147 around 10:20 a.m. The crews responded, investigated and evacuated everybody from inside of the building. They learned that nobody was unconscious and that there was in fact no active Freon leak.

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Charged dropped against Md. summer camp magician

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County prosecutors have dropped sexual abuse charges against a magic counselor at a Bethesda summer camp.

Jose Luis Valenzuela, who performs as Jolly the Magician and Jolly the Clown, was accused in July of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl at the Holton-Arms Creative Summer Camp in Bethesda.

Prosecutors say they dropped the charges due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

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Car drives into Bethesda building


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A car drove into the Bethesda Art Metal Works building in Bethesda Tuesday, according to Montgomery County fire officials.

The accident happened on the 4900 block of Bethesda Avenue. Officials say no injuries have been reported but the accident caused structural damage to the building.

No information has been released about the cause of the accident.

We will update this as more information becomes available.


New escalator open at Bethesda Metro station

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Metro riders who use the Bethesda station should have an easier ride to the rail platform Monday.

The first of three new entrance escalators is now open. The new escalator has a rise of 106 feet, making it the second longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere. The escalator behind the Wheaton station is the longest.

It took crews took nine months to tear out the old escalator and replace it with the new one.

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