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4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.


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FREE CUPCAKES AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 20; DONATES 50% to METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

FREE CUPCAKES AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 20;  DONATES 50% to METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

 

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. and Mount Vernon, Va. is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Sun., July 20 and handing out one free cupcake per person to all their patrons with no purchase necessary at their Old Town Alexandria shop at 207 King Street and Mount Vernon at 8859 Richmond Highway from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Occasionally Cake will donate 50 percent of all their sales that day to Metropolitan School of the Arts youth scholarships of Lorton, Va. For more information, call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com.

The free cupcakes will be available in Chocolate Marshmallow, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, Funfetti and Strawberry Key Lime flavors with other flavors available for purchase. A variety of other flavors will be available for purchase.  Occasionally Cake will offer an anniversary special of four cupcakes for $8.

Despite landslide and warnings, homeowners go home


FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- As the ground beneath their homes continues to move, the future for 28 Maryland homeowners is as uncertain as the ground.

They still don't know how or when a slow moving landslide on Piscataway Drive in Fort Washington will be stabilized and how it will be paid for, although, Prince George's County officials said it is possible to sure up the slope.

Faced with the possibility of being displaced from their houses for months some residents could no longer wait.

"Walking back into my own house, the front door of my own house was kind of a relief," said Brad Bartee, a homeowner who has been displaced with his wife and three young children.

Displaced Md. homeowners one step closer to home


FT. WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Residents who have not been allowed into their homes in nearly three weeks finally took one step closer to going home Wednesday night, as they learned of what is happening to the ground in their neighborhood and how it can be fixed.

There has been a slow-motion landslide on Piscataway Drive in Fort Washington, Md. since early May, leaving 28 homes in the neighborhood unfit or unsafe to live in.

A study conducted by KCI Technologies, an engineering firm hired by Prince George's County, determined that the ground can ultimately be stabilized and, once it is, the preliminary report indicates that homes should be safe enough to move back in to.

The report blames the slow-motion landslide, or slope failure as they describe it, on the intense rainfall that happened in the days leading up to the slope failure.

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Prince George's Continues to Withhold Landslide Report For Review


FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- For a second day, Prince George's County officials are continuing to withhold the contents of a much-anticipated engineering report about a destructive landslide that has forced the evacuation of at least 22 homes since May 5.

Angry residents are demanding a full release of information in the report, which they suspect may point to who may be liable for damage caused by the landslide. The report from engineering contractor KCI was delivered to county officials Monday. However, county officials Tuesday are standing by statements made at an earlier meeting with residents where homeowners were told that officials can't promise a full release of information until the report has been reviewed internally.

"We're paying for that report. We better get that report," complained Piscataway Hills Community Association President Dave Lishin at a community meeting Friday.

MISSING: 83-year-old man from Ft. Washington


FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police need your help finding a critical missing 83-year-old man.

Russell Edward Patterson, Sr. was last seen in the 10900 block of Fort Washington Road at about 10:55 a.m. on May 6.

Police say Patterson suffers from dementia and is in need of medication.

Patterson is described as an African American male, medium complexion, 5'5", and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a tan jacket and grey pants.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Regional Investigation Division-Southern Region at (301) 749-5064.


Ft. Washington Evacuations May Last Weeks, Officials Say


FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Maryland's chief geologist said Tuesday a 1500 foot, slow-motion landslide that has forced the evacuation of 28 homes is still moving.

"You can measure it with a ruler," said Richard Ortt Jr.

The slide, which began moving substantially Friday, has dropped Piscataway Drive by as much as 4 feet, cut water and sewer lines, and brought down large trees that have crushed utilities in the area.

Four homes are directly threatened with possible damage if further shifting. Twenty-four others are cut off from utilities. All have been declared unlivable by the Prince George's County Department of Inspections Permitting and Enforcement

Meanwhile, Pepco crews turned off the power to all homes in the evacuation zone late Tuesday, said Scott Peterson, a spokesman for Prince George's County.