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No bail for man accused of killing mom before fire

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 57-year old Rockville man was ordered held without bail Friday afternoon after police say he confessed to stabbing his 82-year-old mother before lighting the family house on fire.

Hani Haleem was arrested Thursday after being interviewed by detectives.

Heroic firefighters rescued Haleem's mortally wounded mother from the burning home on Iris Street. They had no idea she had been stabbed until they got her out.
She died later at a hospital.

Haleem is scheduled for a court appearance Monday. Investigators have not revealed a motive for the attack​.

Son charged with murdering mother and setting fire to home to hide the evidence.


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- What appeared to be a tragic accidental house fire that claimed the life of a Rockville woman has now been revealed to be an attempt to cover up her murder.

MD man thanks woman who came to his rescue

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9)-- It was a very happy 32nd birthday for Michael Liu this year.

The Rockville man is thankful to be alive, after a frightening incident last May when he collapsed while jogging.

Four months after the incident, Liu finally had a chance to thank Heather VonKurtze, the stranger who helped save his life that fateful day.

Liu had been jogging and pushing his child in a stroller, when his heart sent him a message.

Liu went into cardiac arrest, and collapsed. Luckily, VonKurtze came to his aid and called 911.

911 operator Jeff Purcell walked VonKurtze through the steps to perform CPR, while Von Kurtze's 9-year-old daughter waited to meet paramedics.

VonKurtze described the events of that day as a "miracle".

Building evacuated after car crash

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A building in Montgomery County was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a car crashed into it.

The car crashed through the building in the 2400 block of Research Boulevard in Rockville following a three-car collision, Montgomery County Fire officials said.

The car traveled at least 25 feet into the building, fire officials said.

Several people were evaluated for injuries on the scene but there do not appear to be any life-threatening injuries at this time, fire officials reported. The building has not suffered structural damage, fire officials said.

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

FOUND: 12-year-old girl from Rockville

Police say this missing person has been located safe and unharmed.



ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police need your help locating a missing 12-year-old girl from Rockville.

Police reported that Jessica Leon, of the 1200 block of Turkey Branch Parkway was last seen on Saturday, August 9th.

Police described Leon as a Hispanic female, about 4'6" weighing 125 pounds. Leon has long brown hair with light brown highlights and brown eyes, police said.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Car overturned in Rockville

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County fire and rescue officials are on scene of an overturned car in Rockville.

MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer said the accident occurred at the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Twinbrook Parkway, where a car is on its side and a person is trapped.

Police say the two car accident was reported at 8:06 a.m. There is no confirmation of injuries at this time.

We'll update as more information becomes available.