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Letter: Ex-NIST officer charged with making meth had history

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former federal police officer who admitted to trying to make methamphetamine at the National Institue of Standards and Technology had a history of alleged sexual relations and other instances of misconduct, according to a letter from the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. 

In the letter, the committee alleges that Christopher Bartley had sexual relations with other NIST employees on agency property, and in vehicles owned by the government, while on official duty. The letter also says NIST officials were aware of Bartley's conduct but did not take action against him, and named him interim chief of police despite his history.

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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Local high school raises 30k for student's new wheelchair

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Ibrahim "Ibra" Samia will be getting a new wheelchair!

Watkins Mill High School reached its goal of $25,000 to help get a student a new wheelchair by raising over $30,000 on a GoFundMe page.

Local high school raises money for student's new wheelchair

Samia is 19-years-old and has athetoid cerebral palsy.

Samia was born in Kenya where he had little access to medical care. When he was 13, Samia moved to the U.S. where a wheelchair was donated to him.

The wheelchair was not made for him and Samia has had to use it for six years.

Local high school raises money for student's new wheelchair

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Ibrahim Samia, or "Ibra" for short, has plenty of friends at Watkins Mill High School, but his best friend might be Matthew Johnson, a science teacher at the school.

"We're going to be best friends for life," Johnson told WUSA9. "I know that."

Samia is 19-years-old. He goes to high school and, like many boys his age, loves to watch football. He also has athetoid cerebral palsy.

According to Johnson, Samia, who was born in Kenya, had little access to medical care and didn't have a wheelchair until he moved to the U.S. when he was 13.

"He did not have a wheelchair. [Samia's] dad would carry him around, and when he came to enroll here at Watkins, his dad was carrying him in."

Someone donated a used wheelchair.

For six years, Samia has used that chair, but it wasn't made for him.

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Info wanted on man found dead in grave in Md. park

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police need help identifying a person who was found in a shallow grave in the Great Seneca Stream Valley Park back in August, Montgomery County police said.

Body found in Gaithersburg park ruled a homicide

The body was discovered off the Greenway trail, about 200 yards from Watkins Mill Road on August 29, according to authorities. The death was ruled as a homicide due to the trauma to the upper torso of the victim's body.

1 year later, Hoggle children remain missing

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- As of Tuesday, Jacob Hoggle and Sarah Hoggle have both been missing for a year.

Monday marked one year since Jacob Hoggle, 3, was last seen. His sister, Sarah was last seen a year ago Tuesday.

Catherine Hoggle returns to court in Sept.

Jacob Hoggle was two-years-old when he was reported missing from the Gaithersburg area in September 2014. His sister, Sarah Hoggle was four-years-old at the time of their disappearance.

The children's mother Catherine Hoggle is charged with abduction, neglect, and hindering the investigation in the disappearance of the two children.

Mother fatally struck by car in Gaithersburg

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A mother who was crossing the street with her adult daughter Monday morning was fatally struck in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County police said. 

The woman was hit on southbound Route 355 at S. Westland Drive around 5:55 a.m., according to authorities.

The two women were in the area of the crosswalk heading to the bus stop across the street. The mother, Muluemebat Gelaw, 50, of Gaithersburg was pronounced dead at the scene. Her daughter was not hit, according to police.

The car involved in the accident stayed at the scene, police said. The driver has been identified as Rodolfo S. Guillen, 42, of Gaithersburg. He was not injured.

Family members told WUSA9 that Gelaw was an Ethiopian immigrant who came to the U.S. five years ago to join her adult daughters, both of whom are U.S. residents. She was disabled from a back injury and used a crane.