A man in his 40's was fatally struck by a freight train in Riverdale Park.
Around 12 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to Queensbury Road and Rhode Island Avenue for a report of a pedestrian struck. Upon arrival, they found a man lying next to the CSX train tracks. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to MARC spokesman John Wesley, the accident occurred in the 5900 block of Lafayette Avenue. The location is close to the Riverdale Station on the Camden Line.
Both sides of the tracks were temporarily closed this morning while police investigated.
It’s not clear how the man got on the tracks or whether this incident will affect service this morning.
Approximately 55 firefighters responded to the scene of a two-alarm fire at a home in Gaithersburg.
Flames broke out in the garage area of the home, located in the 19100 block of Rhodes Way, shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday. The blaze then spread from the garage to the home, sending plumes of smoke in the air. Officials say the residents were able to escape safely before crews arrived on the scene.
The bulk of the fire was knocked down within 10 minutes.
There are no reported injuries at this time, and no word on what caused the fire.
Tuscarora High School has stepped up security Wednesday, and possibly for the rest of the year, after a 15-year-old student brought a handgun on campus the day before.
This comes amid an altercation involving another student at the school this morning, which Frederick County schools officials say is connected to Tuesday’s gun incident. Although no weapon was involved, school officials say the student has been removed from school property and released into parent custody.
The 15-year-old student in Tuesday’s incident is being held at a Rockville detention center. He is expected to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday where he is facing charges of possession of a regulated firearm under the age of 21, possession of ammunition, wearing and carrying a firearm on a person and wearing and carrying a firearm on school property.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office stated that school officials received a tip at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday that the student had a firearm. The student was taken out of class and was found to have a loaded handgun.
A school spokesman says they've never had a “gun in school” incident in the district before. The spokeswoman said the student is expelled and likely will not be allowed to return.
School officials say an incident that occurred on Monday, which prompted the boy to bring the gun to school on Tuesday, was an altercation over a boy-girl relationship, not bullying. The student reportedly carried the gun for fear of being attacked on his walk home from school. Other students saw the gun and informed school officials.
School officials say all of the incidents are connected, but not do involve the same students.
The school's administration is evaluating its procedures.
Police shut down Branch Avenue in Clinton Tuesday morning when a person found a fake device that had been made to look like a bomb lying in the median of the roadway near Coventry Way.
The Prince George’s County Police bomb squad was brought in to disrupt the device and have deemed it non-threatening. Bomb detectives have collected what's left of the device, which appeared to be an improvised explosive device and looked like a “phone attached with wires to package," source told ABC7 News.
The north and southbound lanes of Branch Avenue were shut down as a precaution, and traffic was detoured around the area, to ensure the public’s safety. Branch Avenue should reopen within 30 minutes.
Maryland State Police and the Prince George's County Police were assiting with the investigation.
Prince William County Police arrested a Woodbridge woman March 25 on suspicion of having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
Police say that 30-year-old Lacy Dashiell Hill of Woodbridge was arrested and charged with two counts of carnal knowledge.
On March 9, police responded to the 5500 block of Spangler Lane in Woodbridge to investigate an alleged sexual assault. The investigation revealed that Hill knew the boy and had sex with him since October of 2009.
Two people were arrested over the weekend and charged with child abuse and neglect after they allegedly put their three children into a bedroom and nailed drywall to block a doorway.
Prince William County police arrested John Michael Robey, 33, and Christina Dawn Moore, 26, both of Bristow. They were both charged with three counts of felony child abuse and neglect.
Authorities said the pair placed their three children, ages 4-months-old, 2-years-old and 4-years-old, into a bedroom without clothes and then nailed drywall about five feet high in front of the doorway.
The children were placed in the room naked and later the room was covered in feces and urine, authorities said.
The 4-year-old broke free from the room and went to a neighbor’s house for help.
Authorities placed the children with Child Protective Services.
“No you don’t do that to a child,” said Rev. Tyler Brown, a neighbor.
Police found no evidence of injuries or malnourishment. Police believe the girls were in the room for no more than a day.
The neighbor rescued the other children and called police.
Moore previously faced child neglect charges in 2005 after her 22-month-old boys were found wandering around a junkyard.
Moore was allegedly sleeping nearby while the boys played just steps away from Route 234.
Authorities said the boys appeared dirty, hungry and both had several scratches and bug bites.
Update 10:55 a.m.: The woman is in stable condition and is expected to survive her injuries, according to Fairfax County Police spokesman Bud Walker. The striking driver remained on the scene and no charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
A woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by a vehicle and thrown approximately 25 feet in Reston, Fairfax County Fire officials say.
It happened around 5:30 a.m. Monday at Soapstone Drive and Hunters Green Court. The striking vehicle remained on the scene.
A Medevac was requested, but the victim was transported by ground to the hospital. There's no word on her condition.