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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

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Burka Bandits wanted for Rockville Jewelry Store Robbery


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Men dressed in costumes to appear as a conservative Muslim couple, including a man wearing a traditional Burka, stole more than $110,000 from a Rockville jewelry store on September 15, the FBI said.

But investigators say they believe at least one of the men may actually be Hispanic.

The FBI and Montgomery County police are searching for men in connection with a jewelry store heist at the Van Jewelry Store located at 2202 Viers Mill Road, authorities said. Police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 leading to an arrest.

The investigation shows that the men went into the jewelry store with guns and told the employees to get on their knees.

Fight reported after Rockville HS football game


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- There is a large police presence near Rockville High School after a fight was reported following the football game at the high school. 

Montgomery County police say they are trying to clear out the crowd after a fight. No arrests have been made at this time, but police say people were taken into police cars. 

Police also said a person was having a seizure in the stadium during the football game. This is not related to the fight.

The game was between Rockville High School and Richard Montgomery High School. 

Rockville to vote on new location for Confederate statue


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- You only have a few days left to vote on where a statue of a Confederate soldier can call it's new home.

It was July, when the statue made headlines about it's placement near the Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett decided it should be removed from county property. Now, the county government is allowing residents to weigh in on where it should reside.

Five locations have been proposed:

Beall-Dawson Historical Park
Calithea Farm Special Park
Darnestown Square Heritage Park
Jesup Blair Local Park
Edgehill Farm

They are asking residents to vote by Wednesday, Sept. 9th by emailing county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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FOUND: Rockville 14-year-old with autism


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have located the previously missing 14-year-old with autism, Montgomery County police said. He is safe and unharmed.

Alejandro "Alex" James Mora, 14, of Rockville was last seen Friday around 4 p.m., authorities said. Mora has high-functioning autism, police stated.

He is described as a white male, standing 5'06" tall with an extremely slender built. He weighs around 90 pounds, has brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing jeans, a light green t-shirt, gray socks, and neon green flip flops.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Alejandro "Alex" James Mora is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

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19-year-old dies after motorcycle crash in Rockville


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 19-year-old man died Friday after a motorcycle crash in Rockville.

An investigation by Montgomery County police found that a 2012 silver BMW 535i was turning left off eastbound Norbeck Road on to Westbury Road when it was hit by a yellow 2005 Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle, who was identified as Jarret Harman of Brookeville, was transported to Medstar Montgomery Medical Center, where police say he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the BMW, an 83-year-old man, was not injured.

The accident happened at around 11:43 a.m.

Police are still investigating the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 240-773-6620. 

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Motorcycle crash raises safety concerns for Rockville residents


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A four-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Rockville is raising safety concerns about a busy intersection.

That crash happened just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Aspen Hill Road and Parkland Drive in Montgomery County. Three cars and a motorcycle were involved in the crash.

"This is a very heavily trafficked street, this street coming very dangerous,” Carme Arce, a nearby resident, said. She and her husband ran outside after they heard the crash.

"I saw the kid in the red car screaming,” Jose Arce said.

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