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Part of Wisconsin Ave SB in Bethesda closed Saturday

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A busy stretch of Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda will be closed for most of the day Saturday so work can continue on a construction project.

The southbound lanes of Wisconsin (Route 355) will be closed between Commerce Lane and Old Georgetown Road between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday.

The closure will allow for a crane to hoist steel and a rooftop air conditioner onto a new high rise building.

Drivers will be rerouted and pedestrians will be detoured around the construction site.


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Woman uses stolen credit cards at Bethesda Apple store

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Frederick County Sheriff's Office is searching for a woman who used two stolen credit cards to buy merchandise from the Apple Store in Bethesda back in April.

The suspect went into the store on April 19 at 2:40 p.m. and bought items using two cards that had been reported stolen from a victim in Mount Airy, officials said.

The suspect is described as a white woman, between the ages of 20 and 25. She has long, straight, light brown hair and an average build and height. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray long sleeve fleece style jacket, a dark colored horizontal striped shirt, black shoes and white socks.

Anyone with information about the case or who can identify the suspects is asked to call Detective Joe McCallion at 301-600-1022.

Ex-council candidate charged with abusing 87-year-old mother

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Bethesda man who was once a Montgomery County Council candidate for District 1 is accused of seriously injuring and abusing his 87-year-old mother.

At about 3 a.m. Friday, Montgomery County fire personnel responded to a home on the 6000 block of Beech Avenue shared by James Kirkland, 57, and his mother for a report of a sick patient.

While the woman was being transported to the hospital, paramedics noticed she had signs of neglect and abuse.

Md. karate teacher who taped sex acts with students fled country

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County karate teacher who taped sex acts with male students has fled the country, according to police.

Alexander Soumbadze, 26, of Bethesda is being charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography. Police believe he fled the country on April 3 to Georgia. Police also said he is the son of diplomats.

Police say they have videos of Soumbadze touching and engaging in sexual acts with young males in a Chevy Chase karate studio. They're looking for the victims in the videos.

A person was uploading child pornography on the Internet in December 2014, police said. Investigators were able to track the address to Soumbadze's Bethesda home.

Man sets 3 cars on fire in Montgomery County

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who set three cars on fire in Bethesda has been arrested, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

Mansour Benkreira, 20, of Bethesda was arrested and is being charged with three counts of arson, according to officials.

The incidents happened around 6 a.m. Thursday. Two of the cars were located along Glenbrook Road and the other was on Wessling Lane.

NIH Ebola patient discharged

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- The American healthcare worker who was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center in March with Ebola has discharged in good condition, the hospital announced Thursday.

The patient was admitted to the clinical center on March 13 in critical condition after contracting Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

NIH says the patient is no longer contagious to the community.

The patient was the second person treated for Ebola at the NIH. Both patients were eventually cleared of the virus.


Window washers stuck on 13th floor in Bethesda rescue themselves

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two window washers rescued themselves after being stranded on the 13th floor of a building in Bethesda Saturday afternoon, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The workers were stuck in the 7700 block of Woodmont Ave, around 4 p.m., officials said. They broke into a wall on the 13th floor to get inside of the building.

Neither of them were injured, officials said.


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