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Councilmember Roger Berliner makes statement on Metro Safety


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner made the following statement Tuesday regarding the overall safety of the Metrorail system after Monday's tragic accident on the Yellow Line:

Yesterday's tragic incident on Metro's Yellow Line was a sad day for the Washington region and all who rely on our Metro system to get where they need to go each day. My heart goes out to the family of the passenger who lost her life during the event and to all those still in the hospital grappling with the impacts of smoke inhalation.

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Car crashes into pub in Rockville


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A car went through a fence, hit a shed and then struck the rear of a building in Rockville on Saturday, according to fire officials.

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The accident happened at Jonathan's Pub located in the 800 block of Baltimore Road, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said.

One person was evaluated after the crash.


DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

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Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Charges dropped against parents of autistic twins


Prosecutors said Tuesday they have dropped charges of abuse and false imprisonment against the parents of autistic twin men who were kept locked up at night in a basement room with no lights or furniture in their suburban Washington home.

Although the conditions were "deplorable," prosecutors did not find enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that John Land, 57, and Janice Land, 60, had criminal intent to neglect their children, said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County, Maryland, state's attorney's office.

"It is our hope that by moving forward in a non-criminal context the parents will be able to address their own basic needs while still being able to visit their children," Korionoff said in a statement.

The parents told police their sons were non-verbal and had run away in the past, so they were locked in the room from about 10 p.m. to 4:45 a.m.

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Fire forces 2 families out days before Christmas


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Just before the holidays, a fire displaced two families living in a Rockville, Md. home.

The fire happened at 1001 Paul Drive in Rockville on Friday around 6 p.m., according to officials.

The smoke alarm alerted the residents and everybody was able to get out. The Red Cross is helping with the four displaced children and the four displaced adults, authorities said. Only one adult and two children were inside of the home at the time of the fire. Nobody was hurt in the fire.

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Fire crews also rescued a pet dog from the home.

Van Hollen honors fallen local WWII hero


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Congressman Chris Van Hollen honored a local World War II hero Tuesday who died at age 91 earlier this year.

The family of the late Private First Class Richard Seidell was presented with a Bronze Star and other medals for Seidell's bravery, according to a news release.

"It is never too late to honor those who served our country heroically," said Congressman Van Hollen. "Richard Seidell answered his country's call and served with valor, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, helping to liberate Dachau, and serving in the Occupation Army. He truly represented the best of our 'greatest generation'. I'm honored to present these medals to his family."

Seidell's Bronze Star was earned for the bravery he displayed by blowing up a key bridge that prevented German troops from advancing, according to a news release.

2 adults struck by vehicle in Rockville


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating an accident involving two pedestrians in Rockville Saturday evening.

It happened around 6:45pm along Edmonston Ave. and Wooton Parkway in Rockville, police say.

The patients were taken to a nearby trauma center for their injuries. Both victims have non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. The driver did remain on the scene, authorities say.