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Fire forces 2 families out days before Christmas


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two families have been displaced in a Rockville, Md. house fire Friday evening, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The fire happened at 1001 Paul Drive in Rockville 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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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.


VIDEO: Rockville stabbing suspect shares mental health history


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The woman accused of murdering her roommate in a Rockville condominium has a history of mental health issues, which she talked about in a YouTube video posted six months ago.

Rita Narcissa Sanders-Campfield, 53, faces first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 67-year-old Chong Park.

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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

Man charged for Rockville house fire that displaced 6


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man has been charged in connection with a two-alarm house fire that left six adults displaced in Montgomery County Wednesday afternoon.

Twenty-seven-year-old Carlos Peralta was arrested and charged with first degree arson and three counts of reckless endangerment for the fire in the 300 block of S. Horners Lane in the Lincoln Park area of Rockville.

Montgomery County fire spokesperson Pete Piringer says that first arriving fire fighters encountered heavy fire conditions throughout the two-story house and immediately requested additional help.

Then, all firefighters were ordered out of the building and waged an exterior attack.

Teacher accused of inappropriate contact worked at 20 Montgomery Co. schools


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A substitute teacher charged with having inappropriate contact with a student is set to go before a judge later this morning.

This latest development comes in the wake of the revelation that he came into contact with kids at 20 different schools in Montgomery County. Now more students are coming forward with allegations of their own.

According to a release from Montgomery County Public Schools, Mr. Jose Pineda substituted at almost two dozen schools since the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. He has since been fired.

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