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3 children, 1 adult injured in Rockville Pike accident


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three children and one adult were injured Tuesday in an accident on Rockville Pike, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

The accident happened at 4:05 p.m. on Rockville Pike on West Gude Road. Police say the four people involved in the accident suffered minor injuries.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Rockville Confederate soldier statue vandalized


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The statue of a Confederate soldier that a Montgomery County executive wants to have removed has been vandalized.

The viewer, a part-time Uber driver, went to see the statue near the Old Courthouse in Rockville early Monday morning and discovered the vandalism. It appears the statue was vandalized sometime before 6:30 a.m.

The driver tweeted out a picture showing the words "Black Lives Matter" spray painted in black. There are also red markings on the statue.

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Confederate statue in Rockville to come down


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) After weeks of debate on whether or not to remove a Confederate soldier statue from Montgomery County property, county executive Ike Leggett decided it was time to take it down.

Scores of Montgomery County residents packed Rockville City Hall Monday night to weigh in on the future of the statue, which was dedicated in 1913.

Because the statue sits on county land, the decision on whether to remove the statue was Leggett's. He called for it to come down, ideally as soon as possible.

The question now becomes what to do with the statue. Suggestions on where to place it varied Monday, with some people calling to move it to a museum or local historical society. Another popular idea was to move the statue to Rockville Cemetery, where many other veterans are buried.

Rockville council holds session on Confederate monument


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Monday night, Rockville's mayor and council have a special work session scheduled to address the city's Confederate soldier monument.

The statue sits near the Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville Town Center.

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The public is welcome to join city leaders and invited experts to weigh-in on the monument's future. The session starts at 6 p.m.

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Calls grow to remove Confederate statue in Rockville


Ever since the tragic and horrific Emanuel AME Church shooting last month, there's been national calls to remove confederate symbols. Those conversations have been a constant in the South, and now there's a call to remove such a symbol in Rockville, Maryland.

There is a Confederate soldier statue tucked away right next to the Red Brick Courthouse building near Montgomery Avenue in Downtown Rockville. Local leaders said there is a growing push to have it removed.

"Courthouses are places where, for me, they symbolize equal justice and equal rights for everyone. A statue that, you know, tells us to consider as heroes the guys who fought to keep people enslaved in this country does not mesh well with that," said Rockville City Councilmember, Tom Moore.

Accused teen rapist barred from Md. public classes


ROCKVILLE, Md (WUSA9) -- School officials said they are not going to allow an accused teenage rapist to attend classes in a Montgomery County public school.

A judge had released Marquiz Turner, 16, to go back to Churchill High for summer school.

Turner was accused of brazenly raping a 19-year-old ex-girlfriend in front of the Montgomery County courthouse. She died for still unexplained reasons an hour or so later.

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Man convicted in Rockville Metro stabbing


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Silver Spring man was found guilty of stabbing two people while they were waiting for their bus at the Rockville Metro station in December 2014.

Reginald Cooper, 38, was convicted Wednesday on two counts of attempted second degree murder.

"The public should rest assured that this major offender is off the streets. He stabbed two innocent by-standers waiting to take their bus to their English class at 6 a.m. on a weekday morning and were stabbed within inches of death. And now their assailant could be put behind bars for a substantial part of his adult life. We look forward to the maximum sentence in this matter," Maryland State's Attorney John McCarthy said in a statement.

Cooper is scheduled to be sentenced on September 25. He faces up to 60 years in prison.