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Two Men In Custody After Stealing SUV Left Running To Warm Up

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Two suspects are in custody after a short pursuit with Montgomery County Police in Gaithersburg.

Captain Paul Starks, spokesperson for the Montgomery County Police Department, says the two suspects jumped into a car that was left unattended while warming up in the 600 block of Lincoln Street in Rockville. Starks says someone witnessed two men jump into the vehicle who then took off.

Starks says officers spotted the stolen 1998 Dodge Durango and a short pursuit ensued. The two men bailed out of the vehicle in Gaithersburg. After a short foot chase, the first suspect was nabbed in the 500 block of North Frederick Avenue. The second man was taken into a custody a short distance away at the intersection of North Frederick Avenue and Route 124.

Two Speed Camera Control Boxes Set On Fire

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Two fires to speed camera control boxes caused $80,000 of damage, said Captain Oscar Garcia with Montgomery County Fire and EMS.

He said a driver spotted one of the fires just after 2 a.m. along Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg. Another fire happened nearly four miles away at 5:22 a.m. on Germantown Road.

Investigators said the fires were set intentionally and they do not believe it was part of a Halloween prank.

Police collected evidence at the scene, including a lock they believe was used to keep the door to the control box shut.

Garcia said speed cameras have been vandalized before, but usually the lenses are painted over. He said this is the first time a speed camera was set on fire in the county.

Written by Lindsey Mastis
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

Speed Camera Set On Fire

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) --Police and fire officials are investigating an arson to a speed camera.

The fire happened early Monday morning at Quince Orchard Road near McDonald Chapel Drive in Gaithersburg, a Montgomery County Fire Spokesperson said.

Fire officials say the controller box to the speed camera was damaged by the fire. They say the fire was intentionally set and they are looking for anyone who saw anyone setting it.

An entire speed camera costs about $80,000, however the camera portion of the unit was not damaged.

Avalon School Running Back Breaks Md. State Scoring Record

(WUSA)- The Avalon School's Oct. 22 game against Model will go down in the record books thanks to sophomore running back Rachid Ibrahim who broke the 2003 Maryland state record for most points scored in a single game with 50 points.

At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Ibrahim leads the Knights with 1,288 yards rushing.  Head coach Jerry Sarchet says that their game against Model was Ibrahim's best game of the season in terms of scoring.  Sarchet describes Avalon's lead running back as "all around a great young man." 

Fans of the Week: Watkins Mill

(WUSA)- The Wolverines of Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Md. defeated the Titans of Albert Einstein, 28-10 on Friday.

Despite chilly weather, Wolverine fans turned out in blue and orange to support their team.   The varsity cheer squad led the evening with upbeat chants through all four quarters, as the Wolverines maintained a steady pace of seven points per quarter.

Watkins Mill is now 5-4 with just one game left in regular season!  They will travel to Germantown Friday, Nov. 5 to take on the 7-2 Screaming Eagles of Seneca Valley

Looking For Love

(WUSA) -- You've probably seen those classified ads from folks feeling they've missed out on a chance for love.

They usually read something like "You -- wearing blue dress. Me -- tall, dark, handsome. Should have said something when you dropped your paper on the Metro."

Well now, Craigslist is taking all the postings its gotten in a seven week span to create a list of the most romantic Metro stations. The site mapped 286 missed connections posted on its DC sites over a 7 week span. Here's a look at the results:

1. Vienna/Fairfax GMU (Orange)
2. Van Dorn Street (Blue)
3. Shady Grove (Red)
4. Dupont Circle (Red)
5. Metro Center (Orange/Red/Blue)
6. Van Ness (Red)
7. Pentagon (Blue/Yellow)
8. Rosslyn (Orange/Blue)
9. Ballston-MU (Orange)
8. Foggy Bottom-GWU (Orange/Blue)
9. Chinatown (Red/Green/Yellow)
10. Crystal City (Blue/Yellow)


Maryland Early Voting

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WUSA)-- For the general election, early voting centers will be open starting Friday October 22, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010, except for Sunday, October 24th when early voting centers are closed.

Early voting centers will be open from 10 am until 8 pm each day of early voting. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.

Where can I vote early?

You can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. From the list below, select the county where you live to find out where the early voting center or centers are in your county.

Allegany County

Anne Arundel County