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Usually it’s the Supreme Court justices who get to ask the tough questions. But every so often, prominent public figures come to Georgetown, and undergraduates glean the rare opportunity to ask questions in return.

Last Wednesday, those who attended Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s lecture received an index card where they could write one question for Sotomayor to answer during the standard post-lecture question-and-answer session — a Gaston Hall standard that usually fosters a candid discussion and enriches university programming. In Wednesday’s case, however, the questions were screened and posed by a university official, rather than the student or event attendee who originally wanted an answer.

Mother of missing Hoggle kids deemed incompetent again for trial

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The mother of two missing children, Catherine Hoggle  was deemed incompetent for trial, a judge announced Monday morning. 

The judge allowed the state to order the sixth evaluation for Hoggle, who has been deemed incompetent for trial. 

Hoggle is scheduled to return to court on April 25. 

Police: Drunk woman drives car into beer & wine store in Gaithersburg

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating after a drunk driver crashed into a beer and wine store with her car in Gaithersburg early Monday morning, Montgomery County police said. 

Owner upset dogs shot by BB gun

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Md pet owner says he’s happy the shooter didn’t accidentally hit a kid, but he’s still furious someone shot his two dogs with a BB gun.

“Being neighborly, I would’ve expected if someone had a problem with the dogs, they come talk to me first instead of shooting um, because I mean, my boys, especially my eldest, he’ll go run out and chase the dogs too and that was the biggest concern for me,” said Brian Sundstom.

18-year-old killed in Md. crash

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) – An 18-year-old woman was killed Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Maryland, Montgomery County police said.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. in the area of 12860 Travilah Road.

According to police, a Dodge Viper was heading west on Travilah Road when, for unknown reasons, left the road and struck a brick wall.

The driver, 21-year-old Brandon Bussard, was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His passenger, 18-year-old Christina Koutsoukos, was transported by helicopter to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. She later died from her injuries.

Detectives are now investigating if speed was a factor.  

The crash is still under investigation.

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.

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. 

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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