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Volunteer EMS struck on I-495 remain hospitalized

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two volunteer Montgomery County emergency medical services personnel who were injured while helping at a crash scene on the Beltway are still in the hospital.

Glen Echo Fire Department EMT Thomas E. Schryver, 26, and EMT Sydney E. Marshall, 19, were both transported to Suburban Hospital after they were struck by a car while assisting at a crash scene on I-495 early Sunday morning. Montgomery County fire officials say they are resting and in good spirits on Monday morning. They also say that their conditions are improving and the prognoses for both are good.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

Councilmember Roger Berliner makes statement on Metro Safety

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner made the following statement Tuesday regarding the overall safety of the Metrorail system after Monday's tragic accident on the Yellow Line:

Yesterday's tragic incident on Metro's Yellow Line was a sad day for the Washington region and all who rely on our Metro system to get where they need to go each day. My heart goes out to the family of the passenger who lost her life during the event and to all those still in the hospital grappling with the impacts of smoke inhalation.

Car crashes into pub in Rockville

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A car went through a fence, hit a shed and then struck the rear of a building in Rockville on Saturday, according to fire officials.


The accident happened at Jonathan's Pub located in the 800 block of Baltimore Road, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said.

One person was evaluated after the crash.

Charges dropped against parents of autistic twins

Prosecutors said Tuesday they have dropped charges of abuse and false imprisonment against the parents of autistic twin men who were kept locked up at night in a basement room with no lights or furniture in their suburban Washington home.

Although the conditions were "deplorable," prosecutors did not find enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that John Land, 57, and Janice Land, 60, had criminal intent to neglect their children, said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County, Maryland, state's attorney's office.

"It is our hope that by moving forward in a non-criminal context the parents will be able to address their own basic needs while still being able to visit their children," Korionoff said in a statement.

The parents told police their sons were non-verbal and had run away in the past, so they were locked in the room from about 10 p.m. to 4:45 a.m.

Fire forces 2 families out days before Christmas

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Just before the holidays, a fire displaced two families living in a Rockville, Md. home.

The fire happened at 1001 Paul Drive in Rockville on Friday 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.


Fire crews also rescued a pet dog from the home.

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.