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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.

Suspect shares mental health history in chilling video

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.



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.

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.