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FOUND: 72-year-old Rockville woman


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Rockville woman who had been missing on Sunday was located safe and unharmed, police said.

72-year-old Cornelio Paddack of the 4600 block of Brad Court in Rockville had been missing since 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Paddack was last seen at a bus stop at the Rockville metro station, police said. Police are concerned for Cornelio's physical and emotional welfare.

Paddack is described as a white female weighing 179 and 5'1" tall. Paddack has brown hair and brown eyes, police siad.

Anyone with any information regarding Cornelio Paddack's whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line).


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Money Magazine: Reston, Rockville among Best Places to Live


RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Reston, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland are two of America's Best Places to Live, according to Money Magazine.

The magazine ranked Reston as number 10 out of 50 small cities. Small cities were defined as cities and towns with populations ranging from 50,000 to 300,000.

Reston was noted for its walkability, lakes, pools, shopping areas, golf courses and the recent addition of the Silver Line. Money Magazine cited Reston Town Center mall, where community members shop, dine, see concerts and in the winter, ice-skate.

Rockville ranked number 24 out of 50 due to its proximity to the nation's capital and its location at the heart of Montgomery County's tech corridor.

Md. Safeway employees stop IRS phone scam


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Employees at the Fallsgrove Safeway stopped a consumer from sending thousands of dollars to scammers, Montgomery County officials said.

Scammers posing as IRS agents are calling people and telling them to send money or they will be arrested. Safeway employees recognized what was happening and convinced the person who was sending money that they were being scammed, officials said.

The victim said the scam artist instilled fear and created a sense of urgency. He said the scammer told him that the IRS had been investigating his tax returns for the past six years.

The victim, who lost $3,000 in the scam, went to a Safeway store to buy six Green Dot® reloadable cash cards. He was about to send $4,000 more when Safeway employees intervened, officials said.

No bail for man accused of killing mom before fire


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 57-year old Rockville man was ordered held without bail Friday afternoon after police say he confessed to stabbing his 82-year-old mother before lighting the family house on fire.

Hani Haleem was arrested Thursday after being interviewed by detectives.

Heroic firefighters rescued Haleem's mortally wounded mother from the burning home on Iris Street. They had no idea she had been stabbed until they got her out.
She died later at a hospital.

Haleem is scheduled for a court appearance Monday. Investigators have not revealed a motive for the attack​.

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Son charged with murdering mother and setting fire to home to hide the evidence.


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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- What appeared to be a tragic accidental house fire that claimed the life of a Rockville woman has now been revealed to be an attempt to cover up her murder.

MD man thanks woman who came to his rescue


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9)-- It was a very happy 32nd birthday for Michael Liu this year.

The Rockville man is thankful to be alive, after a frightening incident last May when he collapsed while jogging.

Four months after the incident, Liu finally had a chance to thank Heather VonKurtze, the stranger who helped save his life that fateful day.

Liu had been jogging and pushing his child in a stroller, when his heart sent him a message.

Liu went into cardiac arrest, and collapsed. Luckily, VonKurtze came to his aid and called 911.

911 operator Jeff Purcell walked VonKurtze through the steps to perform CPR, while Von Kurtze's 9-year-old daughter waited to meet paramedics.

VonKurtze described the events of that day as a "miracle".

Building evacuated after car crash


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A building in Montgomery County was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a car crashed into it.

The car crashed through the building in the 2400 block of Research Boulevard in Rockville following a three-car collision, Montgomery County Fire officials said.

The car traveled at least 25 feet into the building, fire officials said.

Several people were evaluated for injuries on the scene but there do not appear to be any life-threatening injuries at this time, fire officials reported. The building has not suffered structural damage, fire officials said.