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MISSING: 69-year-old Gaithersburg woman


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Detectives in Montgomery County are looking for a missing 69-year-old woman from Gaithersburg.

Elizabeth 'Betty' Jean Queen, 69, of the hundred block of Orchard Drive in Gaithersburg was last seen on December 29. She was only recently reported missing to police.

Police say they are concerned for her emotional and physical welfare.

Queen is described as a light skinned black female, 5' 2" tall, and weighs approximately 110 pounds. She has brown hair and eyes.

She has a medical condition that requires medication that she does not have with her. She is familiar with public transportation and frequents St. Martins Catholic Church in Gaithersburg and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockville.

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DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Police identify pedestrian struck by train in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train Monday afternoon in Gaithersburg, authorities said.

William Alexander Buendia Rodriguez, 20, of Germantown was struck and killed by a train on the tracks located in the area of the Germantown MARC station on 19330 Mateny Hill Road at approximately 1:37 p.m., police said.

Police say Rodriguez had been in the area of the tracks when he was struck by a train and succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

The reasoning for Rodriguez being in the area of the tracks is still being investigated and police say no foul play is suspected.

Residents escape Gaithersburg fire, Christmas gifts saved


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A fire in a Montgomery County townhouse caused moderate damage, but all the occupants of the home escaped and firefighters were able to salvage the family's Christmas gifts.

It happened around 5 p.m. on Anna Court in Gaithersburg, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Pete Piringer.

Sixty-five firefighters arrived to battle the fire, which originated in a second-floor bedroom in the three-story home. The fire was contained to the single home, but extended from the bedroom into the hallway and attic.

Three adults and five children were displaced as a result. Firefighters quickly covered the family's Christmas tree and gifts, possibly salvaging the holiday.

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2 more families of Gaithersburg plane crash need help


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- In addition to the Gemmell's house, the plane that crashed in Gaithersburg hit two other houses. Those families are also facing a disaster. Their homes are severely damaged and they will be out of them for months.

A fundraiser is scheduled for the families at the Chick-fil-A at Germantown Town Center on December 22nd. A portion of all sales will be donated to all three families, the business said.

Their neighbors have also set up a GoFundMe page and start collecting gift cards to help them. They're looking for gift cards from Target, Walmart and local restaurants.

Man arrested in Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel armed robbery


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Gaithersburg Police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery that happened on December 5, at the Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel, police said.

Police arrested John Fitzgerald Tomlinson of Silver Spring, Md.on Thursday for armed robbery and related charges, according to authorities. Police found a black semi-automatic handgun during an executed search and seizure warrant for Tomlinson. He is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Shots were fired on December 5, at the Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel located at 620 Perry Parkway, police said. Investigation shows that a woman got into an argument with a man. The man then pulled out an unknown caliber handgun and demanded cash from the victim. The victim discharged the firearm and a fight started after she refused to give him money.

The woman had non-life threatening injuries from the incident.


Expert: Plane wasn't going fast enough before Gaithersburg crash


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The NTSB is unlikely to offer any firm answers for months on the cause of a deadly plane crash in Gaithersburg. But veteran pilots and investigators say it's increasingly clear what happened in the moments before the jet crashed into a home, killing a mother and two you children on the ground, as well as three on the plane.

Veteran pilots say it looks like the man at the stick of that small jet simply failed to keep it flying fast enough to keep it in the air. T
hey call it an aerodynamic stall, and it's one of the most common causes of plane crashes.