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Update-Teen Struck by Police Cruiser

Officers from the Gaithersburg Police Traffic Unit are investigating a collision involving a Gaithersburg Police vehicle and a pedestrian in Gaithersburg.

The investigation reveals that a group of young teenage boys began crossing from the eastbound lanes of Darnestown Road from the McDonalds to the Potomac Valley Shopping Center.  The group of boys crossed the street outside of the crosswalks and stopped in the center median.  The 14-year-old male, a student at Quince Orchard High School, continued running across the westbound lanes of Darnestown Road in between cars and into the traffic lane where the officer was traveling.

After striking the pedestrian, Officer J.B. Duke, a six-year veteran with the Gaithersburg Police Department immediately requested Fire Rescue personnel and began providing first aid as per her training. The child was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries and then later released.   

Programmable Thermostat Batteries Pose Potential Fire Hazard

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- Pepco has an important warning for its Energy Wise Rewards customers.

If you have a programmable thermostat, remove and dispose the batteries immediately.

The utility provider says leakage from the batteries can damage the thermostat's circuit board and cause it to overheat, creating a potential fire hazard.

Steps To Remove The Batteries

If you have seen any signs that your batteries have leaked, please call 1-866-353-5798 to have your thermostat replaced.

Delmarva and SMECO programmable thermostats also have the same problem. 

These companies do not servie Montogomery County.

Graduation Rate Rises to 90 Percent for Class of 2010- Rate Jumps for 24 of 25 MCPS High Schools

The graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools increased to 90 percent in 2010, spurred by dramatic gains among the district’s African American students. The graduation rate for the MCPS class of 2010 showed an increase of more than 2½ percentage points over the Class of 2009, with African American students gaining more than 4 percentage points.

“This is outstanding news for our district. More of our students are graduating on time with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful,” said Patricia O’Neill, President of the Montgomery County Board of Education. “Congratulations to the students, parents and staff that made these results possible.”
   The MCPS graduation rate of 90 percent is 3.4 percentage points higher than the rate for the state of Maryland (86.6 percent).

Maryland County Spends $1 Mil on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Turns Out it isn't the REAL Cabin

TheMoneyTimes.com reports, that according to historians, a Maryland county has put more than $2 million into buying and expanding a cabin falsely believed to be the basis of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Montgomery County purchased a two-story colonial house in Bethesda with the log cabin extending from one side in 2006 for $1 million and has since spent $1 million more on expanding and studying the property, which was believed to be the former home of Josiah Henson, whose life story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

However, historians said they have now determined Stowe never lived in the cabin although it did belong to the Riley family who held Henson as a slave from 1795 to 1830.  Henson lived in slave quarters that have long disappeared, and never in the house or the cabin, which was then a kitchen.

Baby Emporium of Bargains Comes To Maryland

GAITHERSBURG, MD (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports on Great Beginnings' 'Baby Bargain Celebration Event' in Gaithersburg.

Featuring more than 30 local vendors, it was an emporium for parents for all things baby. In addition to winning $10 thousand in raffle prizes - like a 'dream nursery, guests scored huge savings and got to scope out the latest in child safety technology. Author Alan Fields of the 'Baby Bargains Book' was there also, signing autographs. Rachel Macias submitted this report.

Montgomery County to Get $2.6M for Snow Removal

(AP)-Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Montgomery County will receive $2.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover some of the costs for snow removal last December.

Mikulski said Friday that the agency had allocated the money to the state of Maryland.

A federal disaster declaration after the heavy snow storm made federal funding available to state and local governments for their cleanup costs.

On Thursday, FEMA also awarded funds to the District of Columbia, Virginia and Baltimore County.

Court Orders Vote On Montgomery Co. Ambulance Fee

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.

The lower court had ruled that elections officials were correct to bar referendums because thousands of people signed their names on petition forms in a manner that conflicted with state law. The county board of elections rejected thousands of petition signatures, including illegible ones and some from people who signed without a middle initial.ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.