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Father of fallen Montgomery Co. officer honors son with blood


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- At a blood drive in honor of his son, the father of fallen Montgomery County police officer Noah Leotta spoke to WUSA9 about the memory of his son. 

For Rich Leotta, his was son also was his best friend. But he is able to take solace in the fact Noah died doing what he loved. 

"Noah loved his job with a passion. He loved his family, he loved his girlfriend, he loved life. He was in a good spot in life. I would see him every day. He was my pal he was my best friend," Rich Leotta said. "We did everything together, we played golf, we did sports, we did walks, we did talks, we went to the movies. And because of his profession we had some very deep discussions about life."

Friday's blood drive was the second blood drive organized by Montgomery County police to honor Leotta. His father said his son was an organ donor and the blood drive helps honor Leotta's goal of saving lives.

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Roof collapse leaves over 200 Md. condos without power


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A partial roof collapse has left more than 200 Gaithersburg condos without power or gas, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue tweeted. 

 

 

The partial roof collapse happened at 780 Quince Orchard Blvd. Crews are responding to the Potomac Oaks Condos that currently have no heat. Shelter is in place, officials said. Residents were evacuated for 45 minutes.  

 

 

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews are going from door to door checking on residents and helping them. 

 

 

NTSB: Ice protection not on when plane crashed into Md. house


BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal safety investigation shows the ice protection system was not activated on a business jet that crashed into a Maryland house, killing six people, even though the air temperature was near freezing.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday opened the public docket into the Dec. 8, 2014, crash in a neighborhood near a small airport near suburban Washington. The crash killed the pilot and his two passengers, along with a woman and her two young sons in the house.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss says the 1,100-page report details all of aspects of the investigation into the crash. The next step is an analysis of the facts, and then the finding of probable cause.

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Man says he drove SUV into his Gaithersburg townhouse


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The holiday cheer came to a screeching halt at a townhouse in Gaithersburg Thursday night after one of the men who lives there says he accidentally drove through his own front door.

Floyd Gatewood was back at his home Christmas morning to pick up the pieces left behind after he says he accidentally backed into his townhouse. 

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Dozens donate blood in honor of fallen Montgomery Co. officer


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Dozens of people will donate blood Wednesday in honor of a Montgomery County police officer who died after he was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

County police say all 111 allotted spots for the blood drive quickly filled up after police announced their plan to honor Officer Noah Leotta. Police are planning another blood drive in honor of Officer Leotta due to the overwhelming response. 

Investigators say Reluzco had been smoking marijuana and was drinking at a Hooters restaurant in Rockville for four hours before he hit Leotta.

Participants in Wednesday's blood drive will receive a long-sleeve black T-shirt and food or coupons from Buffalo Wild Wings and Chick-fil-A.

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20-year-old man dies after car overturns in Damascus


DAMASCUS, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 20-year-old man died Tuesday night after the car he was driving hit a utility in Damascus.

According to Montgomery County police, 20-year-old David Mark Harris was driving in the 5200 block of Damascus Road when for an unknown reason he left the road and hit the pole. Harris died from his injuries at the scene, police said.  

The accident happened on Damascus Road between Sundown Road and Laytonsville Road, according to police. 

A large stretch of Damascus Road was closed while police investigated the accident. It has since reopened. 

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Child hit by car near Gaithersburg Elementary School


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A seven-year-old child was hit by a car near Gaithersburg Elementary School on Friday afternoon.

According to Montgomery County Police, the accident happened on N. Summit Avenue, near Teachers Way. 

The child was transported to a hospital with a reported leg injury.

This is a developing story and we will release further information as it becomes available. 

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