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Woman struck by Ride On bus in Bethesda dies

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman was struck by a Ride On bus and critically injured early Tuesday in Bethesda died of her injuries, Montgomery County police said.

The victim has been identified Devika Gunasekere, 67, of Rockville and police say she was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries where she later died.

The driver of the bus has been identified as  Kenneth Mullen, Jr., 44, of Montgomery Village and police say he was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

Gunasekere was hit around 7:50 a.m. on Old Georgetown Road and Battery Lane, according to authorities. There was four other people on the bus and police say they were no injured at the time of collision. 

Crash reconstruction responded to the scene. 


MISSING: 17-year-old Bethesda male

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 17-year-old male is missing from Bethesda, Montgomery County Police said.

Police are searching for Tejin Thomas, 17, who was last seen on Sunday around 9:30 p.m. He is believed to have left his home by Uber.

Thomas is described as 5'8" tall and 125 pounds. He has brown eyes, and short black hair, according to authorities. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue pants when he was last seen. Police said Thomas was also carrying a duffel bag.

The teenager left messages that had suicidal statements before leaving his home Sunday night. His family and police are worried about his emotional and physical welfare. He has not been heard from since he left.

In addition, police are trying to find the Uber driver who picked him up from his home.

Santa rides to help kids at The Children's Inn

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County police tradition continued Wednesday as Santa traded in his sleigh for a Harley to bring gifts and donations to the families at The Children's Inn in Bethesda. 

The inn provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families while the child is getting treatment at the National Institutes of Health. 

Santa and his elves on motorcycles rolled up to ten locations across the county, transforming Jennifer Roy’s routine trip to the grocery store into an adventure.

"I was just here to shop and someone in the store was nice enough to let us know Santa was here," Roy said. 

Her three-year-old son Aidan and his friend were enthralled when they met Santa for the first time. But it wasn’t just children caught up in the excitement.

Death of officer reminds man of daughter he lost in DUI crash

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- The death of a Montgomery County police officer by a suspect drunk driver is a story that feels too familiar to Gene Gallagher.

To him, Officer Noah's Leotta's death is a painful reminder of losing his 18-year-old daughter Kaitlin Gallagher to a drunk driver in 2012.

"Servers of alcohol have a responsibility to not over serve and we all should be protective of our loved ones," Gene Gallagher said.

Police say the driver who hit Officer Leotta had been arrested twice before for drinking and driving.


MISSING: 12-year old Bethesda boy

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are searching for a missing 12-year old boy from Bethesda, Md. Thursday night. 

Nathaniel Patrick Castro of the 6600 block of Pyle Road was last seen Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m. when he left his house riding a dark blue mountain bike. 

Castro is described as biracial male, 5’6” tall, weighing 125 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. 

He was last seen wearing a blue, zip-up hooded sweatshirt that has a green lining, a gray t-shirt and bright, Nike LeBron sneakers.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Nathaniel Castro is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department at  301-279-8000 (24 hour line).

Dog missing for year rescued from Bethesda storm drain


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A dog that had been missing for a year and was found stuck in a Bethesda storm drain was rescued by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crew Friday afternoon, officials said.

"Cookie" was stuck in the 7800 block of Lonesome Pine Lane around 2 p.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said. The bars covering the drain had to be removed.

Officials said the dog appeared to be in relatively good health and was rescued.

The dog had been missing from Kensington since October 2014, according to officials. 

*We previously reported that this was a K9. We apologize for the mistake. 

Bleacher collapses at Georgetown Prep football game

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Several people suffered minor injuries after the railing of a bleacher collapsed during a football game at Georgetown Preparatory School.

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