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Trash truck collision causes Rockville lane closures

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Some lanes are blocked in Rockville, after a trash truck struck a pole and turned on its side, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

The accident happened on Norbeck Road & E. Gude Dr, according to authorities.

All eastbound lanes on Gude Dr. are closed, Montgomery County Police said. Authorities have not released any information on injuries yet.

We will continue to update you as information comes in.

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Md. man used social media to get sexually explicit photos

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 20-year-old Rockville man pleaded guilty Friday to production of child pornography by using photos of young girls he met through social media and Internet chats.

Marc Jospeh Punzalan, 20, of Rockville, Maryland would meet girls online and convince them to send him sexually explicit photographs of themselves, according to a press release from the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.

He threatened the victims by saying he would post their images online or tell their friends and family if they did not continue to send photos.

According to Punzalan's plea agreement, he was in touch with four girls between the ages of 12- and 16-years-old between January 2012 and January 2014. The girls sent him sexually explicit photos of themselves and used their cell phones, social media and chat messaging sites to do so, officials said.

Volunteer EMS struck on I-495 remain hospitalized

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two volunteer Montgomery County emergency medical services personnel who were injured while helping at a crash scene on the Beltway are still in the hospital.

Glen Echo Fire Department EMT Thomas E. Schryver, 26, and EMT Sydney E. Marshall, 19, were both transported to Suburban Hospital after they were struck by a car while assisting at a crash scene on I-495 early Sunday morning. Montgomery County fire officials say they are resting and in good spirits on Monday morning. They also say that their conditions are improving and the prognoses for both are good.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

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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.

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.


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.



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.