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75 firefighters respond to Woodmont Country Club fire


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at the Woodmont Country Club late Thursday night in the bitter cold temperatures.

The fire happened around 11 p.m. at a maintenance barn that stored tools, vehicles and other equipment, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer.

At least 75 firefighters responded to the blaze. Crews knocked out the bulk of the fire, but hot spots were still an issue. Firefighters were on rotation throughout the night and early morning to keep an eye on the areas that still burned. Piringer said heavy equipment was being brought in to extinguish the fire completely. 

With temperatures in the teens, firefighters explained how difficult it can be to put fires out quickly.

Man who stabbed two near Rockville Metro gets hefty sentence


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Silver Spring man who nearly killed two young men near the Rockville Metro Station a little more than a year ago will spend at least the next half-decade behind bars.

Reginald Cooper, 39, was sentenced Monday to 60-years in prison, with 50-years before he can even try for parole.

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy told WUSA 9 both victims are Hispanic immigrants who were waiting for a bus on their way to a morning English class in December 2014. The two had never met Cooper before he began cursing at them, according to charging documents.

The documents then say Cooper hit one of the victims in the face before stabbing his body with a folding knife, piercing the victim's liver. Cooper attacked the second victim right after and stabbed him in the back. Both men, in their early 20s, were rushed to Suburban Hospital where they were treated for life-threatening injuries.

Rockville kennel sued after dog dies during care


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- In the fall of 2015, Mark and Yumi Klionsky decided to visit Paris. They coordinated flights and looked for a place to board their toy poodles - Peanut and Pumpkin.

A friend recommended Life of Riley. It's a family owned business that describes itself as "boutique pet care"- offering services like doggie daycare, grooming, and doggie hotel suites. 

"It doesn't look like a kennel. I mean they've got these fancy suites with curtains and fancy cushions," Mark Klionsky said.

Ratings on Yelp and Facebook were stellar and the Klionsky saw the majority of reviewers said they loved sending their pets there.   

The Klionskys say they only had one concern: big dogs.

"Peanut is very tiny. She was less than five pounds," Yumi Klionsky said. "She is afraid of big dogs."

All-clear given after hazmat situation in Rockville


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The all-clear has been given after a hazardous materials investigation in Rockville, Montgomery County authorities say. 

The chemical that officers detected inside a house in the 1900 block of Valleystream Drive was determined to be insecticide. No other household items or explosives were found inside the house, a fire official said. 

A source with Montgomery County police told WUSA9 buckets of urine were found inside the house and investigators believe the insecticide was used to get rid of the bugs that came as a result of the urine. When officers opened the door, they were hit with a wave of ammonia and urine smells.  

Neighbors told WUSA9 the house where officers detected the odor has been foreclosed for months and officers recently arrested several squatters. 

Nearby residents were ordered to shelter in place while crews investigated the incident. 

92-year-old seriously hurt after crashing into Rockville house


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 92-year-old man was seriously injured Tuesday after Montgomery County police say he drove his car into a garage in Rockville.

According to police, Earl Toense was traveling westbound on Hannans Way when for an unknown reason his 2003 Chevy Impala accelerated and drove onto the driveway of a home in the 4300 block of Sunflower Drive.

After Toense went into the driveway, police say he hit an unoccupied car in the driveway, forcing both cars into a garage. 

Toense was taken to a local hospital with serious injurues, according to police.

The accident was reported at around 2:31 p.m.

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Some Wootton HS seniors and families planning trip to Mexico


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) --The acting principal at Wootton High School sent a letter home to parents Tuesday saying the school has nothing to with a planned spring break trip to Mexico organized by the families of some seniors at the high school.

In the letter, acting principal Kimberly Boldon writes “I want to make it abundantly clear that this trip is in no way affiliated with Wootton High School.” and says she’s “deeply saddened and frustrated” that materials associated with this trip “do not strongly discourage” underage drinking.

No injuries after school bus slides off road in Rockville


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- An occupied school bus  slid off the road and hit a guardrail due to icy conditions Tuesday morning, officials with Montgomery County said. 

According to authorities the school bus slid off the road around 7:30 a.m. Police say nobody was injured in the accident, however there was some damage done to the bus. 

Several motorists said there were several icy patches on roads in the area Tuesday morning. 

Montgomery County School officials said the bus was headed to Rockville High School when the accident happened. Two students were on the bus at the time of the accident. 

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