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Accused teen rapist barred from Md. public classes


ROCKVILLE, Md (WUSA9) -- School officials said they are not going to allow an accused teenage rapist to attend classes in a Montgomery County public school.

A judge had released Marquiz Turner, 16, to go back to Churchill High for summer school.

Turner was accused of brazenly raping a 19-year-old ex-girlfriend in front of the Montgomery County courthouse. She died for still unexplained reasons an hour or so later.

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Man convicted in Rockville Metro stabbing


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Silver Spring man was found guilty of stabbing two people while they were waiting for their bus at the Rockville Metro station in December 2014.

Reginald Cooper, 38, was convicted Wednesday on two counts of attempted second degree murder.

"The public should rest assured that this major offender is off the streets. He stabbed two innocent by-standers waiting to take their bus to their English class at 6 a.m. on a weekday morning and were stabbed within inches of death. And now their assailant could be put behind bars for a substantial part of his adult life. We look forward to the maximum sentence in this matter," Maryland State's Attorney John McCarthy said in a statement.

Cooper is scheduled to be sentenced on September 25. He faces up to 60 years in prison.

Students hold vigil for teens killed in Montgomery Co. crash


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Friends, family and former classmates honored the two teens killed in a deadly car crash with a vigil attended by hundreds at their former high school.

Wootton High School principal Michael Doran said in his 13 years on the job, he could not recall a more painful tragedy in the student community.

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"Just that young life had been snuffed out like that it's just hard to even put into words," said Doran. "The students have put this all together. We've just opened up our doors."

Security escort protects Pepco tree cutters in Montgomery Co.


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- After months and months of resistance from some Rockville homeowners, utility crews for Pepco were able to cut down some trees they believe threatened power lines, but not without help from an unlikely source.

To help them cut down the trees Thursday, Pepco hired a security escort to make sure homeowners didn't get in the way.

"What we'd done in the past is when they'd go up in the trees and start cutting, three, four, five, eight, nine, whatever, would get under the trees and we'd say go away and they would," Donn Layne, a homeowner said.

But the security escort blocked that strategy.

"They barricade the whole area. We couldn't do anything. with the policemen around there. we're losing it," Howard Siemers said. "You've got enough people annoyed that they have to bring police protection in to do this - there's something wrong."

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Lightning ignites apartment fire in Rockville


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Lightning from Saturday's severe thunder-storms ignited an apartment fire in Rockville.

The fire started after a resident said lightning struck the apartment building and caught an electrical box on fire.

The resident told WUSA9's Hank Silverberg that she threw water on the electrical box in an attempt to put the fire out. However, she said the water did not completely extinguish the fire.

The resident said she then tried to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher and when that did not work, she called 911.

Hank Silverberg reported that everyone was able to make it out of the apartment building safely.

The building had significant electrical damage and Hank Silverberg reported that at least 40 people were displaced after the fire.

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Teen dies mysteriously after alleged date rape


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County teenager died in the back of an ambulance Saturday morning, just hours after police say she was raped by her 16-year old ex-boyfriend outside the county circuit courthouse in Rockville.

According to court documents obtained by WUSA9, the victim had gone to see a movie in downtown Rockville with her ex-boyfriend, 16-year old Marquiz Turner on Friday night.

After the movie got out, a security guard at the nearby courthouse noticed what appeared to be an assault happening against the wall of the building. He alerted two sheriffs' deputies, who disrupted an alleged rape in progress.

(WUSA 9 is naming Marquiz Turner because he now faces rape charges as an adult. WUSA 9 does not identify victims of sexual assault.)

Rockville couple murder suspect held in Montgomery Co.


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The man accused of murdering his neighbors in Rockville was transported from Alaska Friday night and is being held without bond in Montgomery County.

Earlier this week, Court officials said Montgomery County Police officers picked up Scott Tomaszewski from Alaska, where he has been held since his arrest aboard a cruise ship docked in Juneau. He waived his extradition during a court hearing there.

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