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Confederate statue in Rockville boxed up for protection

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County has boxed up a Confederate statue in Rockville in an effort to protect it from additional vandalism. 

Crews have built a wooden box around the 102-year-old bronze statue of a Confederate soldier after someone spray painted the words "Black Lives Matter" on it.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Legget has said he wants to take the statue down, but it can only be moved with permission from the Rockville Historic District Commission. They're expected to meet next month to decide what to do.    

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Info wanted in suspected arson at Rockville house

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Authorities continue to look for information regarding a suspected arson at a Rockville home.

The suspicious fire occurred at a vacant house located at 904 N. Stone Street Avenue on Saturday. No injuries were reported.

After speaking to several residents in the area, authorities say there may have been some foul play.

Monday, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services tweeted out another photo of the house, asking for anyone with information to call the arson tip line at 240-777-2263.

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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.

Calls grow to remove Confederate statue in Rockville

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.

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.