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Ongoing investigation: Autistic twins kept in Md. basement

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police said 22-year-old autistic twins were allegedly being kept locked in their Rockville, Md. basement by their parents.

It all started Thursday morning when Montgomery County Police went to the house located at 1602 Crawford Dr. in Rockville, to serve a warrant for an unrelated incident.

According to the State's Attorney's Office, as officers walked through the home, they stumbled upon a door in the basement that was bolted shut from the outside.

Officers unlocked the door and went inside. According to authorities, they found the twins in that room, they say, had an overwhelming smell of urine.

The room had no furniture, only a single bed comforter sitting on the hard tile floor. There was one light in the room that did not function.

Rockville building evacuated for Hazmat investigation

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County officials say several people have been transported to a local hospital after a Hazmat incident at a building in Rockville.

Officials are on scene at 9171 Key West Avenue, where they were initially called for a gas leak and the building was evacuated until investigators could determine what was going on.

A spokesperson for Montgomery County fire and rescue services says it's believed an elevator malfunction may have resulted in a spill of some hydraulic oil and the resulting odor may have made several occupants of the building ill.

It's unclear at this time exactly how many people were transported to local hospitals.

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.

Police make arrests in MD assault

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA 9) -- On Thursday, Police made an arrest in a June 30th assault and attempted robbery in Rockville.

Authorities report that Marcus Land of Rockville and Joseph Simonson of Washington, D.C. were both charged with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree assault.

According to police Land, Simonson, and one other suspect assaulted the victim on June 30 in the 12000 block of Twinbrook Parkway. Police say the victim was punched twice in the head after telling his attackers he had no money. The victim was able to identify one of the attackers as Marcus Land police say.

Police are still investigating the third suspect in this case.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Rockville City Police Department's Criminal Investigations unit at 240-314-8938.

2 arrested for assault with knife in Montgomery Co.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Rockville city police have arrested two men in connection with an assault earlier this week.

Officials say a man was assaulted with a knife Tuesday, July 15 in the Twinbrook Shopping Center located at 2000 Veirs Mill Road. It happened around 9:55 p.m., when the first suspect approached the victim inside a business and asked for a cigarette and money.

When the victim refused, the suspect cut the victim on his forearm with a knife and swung the knife at another person nearby, officials say. Police also identified a second suspect who threatened to kill an employee of the business if they called the police.

Montgomery Co. looks at school boundary changes

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County officials are considering a change to school boundaries to diversify student bodies as a way to close a persistent achievement gap among some minority students.

At a meeting Monday, schools Superintendent Joshua Starr told members of the county council that boundary changes would be considered in a study later this year.

The Washington Post

reports that several council members pressed for boundary changes after studies showed that minority achievement improved when low-income students attended schools with a higher proportion of affluent students.

Starr called closing the achievement gap in the county a "moral imperative."




Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. and Mount Vernon, Va. is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Sun., July 20 and handing out one free cupcake per person to all their patrons with no purchase necessary at their Old Town Alexandria shop at 207 King Street and Mount Vernon at 8859 Richmond Highway from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Occasionally Cake will donate 50 percent of all their sales that day to Metropolitan School of the Arts youth scholarships of Lorton, Va. For more information, call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com.

The free cupcakes will be available in Chocolate Marshmallow, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, Funfetti and Strawberry Key Lime flavors with other flavors available for purchase. A variety of other flavors will be available for purchase.  Occasionally Cake will offer an anniversary special of four cupcakes for $8.