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Montgomery Co. firefighter meets baby he delivered


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County firefighter had a surprise run-in at a grocery store Saturday with a mom whose baby he delivered.

Firefighters Jon Merrell and Franco Martinez were picking up dinner for Silver Spring Fire Station 16 on Saturday when a mom and her child came up to them.


"I know you, you delivered my baby in the back of the ambulance," the mom said to Jon Merrell. The mom gave Merrell and big hug and thank you, Martinez wrote in a blog post.

The baby girl is now 11-months old and doing just fine!


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84-year-old couple formerly of Md. take Breaking Bad tour


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently by taking a Breaking Bad tour.

Gail Rubin says her 84-year-old parents were recently featured in the news in New Mexico for possibly being the oldest couple to take the Breaking Bad tour. She says they used to live in our area.

She wrote to WUSA9:

"My parents, Shelly & Ruth Rubin, lived in Silver Spring, Maryland for decades and raised our family there. They are now long retired and split their time between New Mexico in the summer and Florida in the winter (where the kids live)."

"Our family just celebrated their 60th anniversary in June, My brothers and their spouses and the only grand-daughter came to Albuquerque for a week of family togetherness and fun. While here, I took my niece on my own "Breaking Bad" tour of filming sites in Albuquerque."

Local math teacher wins $1 million on Wheel of Fortune


"Can you use a million dollars?"

That's the money line Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak used to reveal the jackpot prize to Wednesday night's contestant, a middle school teacher in Montgomery County, Md.

Sarah Manchester, a math teacher at Silver Spring's Takoma Park Middle School, deftly identified the phrase "Loud Laughter" to win the prize. Watch below:

MCPS spokesperson Dana Tofig said he had no idea until last night that Sarah was even going to be on the program. He couldn't contain his excitement on Twitter.

Manchester became the third person to win $1 million dollars in the history of Wheel of Fortune Wednesday. Manchester's puzzle was a two-word, 12-letter "thing," and she basically solved it straight away with excellent letter choices of D-G-H-O.

Person injured after car goes into building in Md.


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- One person is injured after a vehicle went into a building in Silver Spring, Md. Wednesday afternoon, according to Montgomery County Fire Department.

The accident happened around 3:07 p.m. on 8630 Fenton St. in Silver Spring, Md. The victim was injured by a falling ceiling tile, authorities said.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) --One person was injured during a shooting Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery County police said.

It happened in the 2900 block of Weller Road in Silver Spring.

After a disagreement between two people, the victim received a non-life threatening wound, police said.


Man rescues 6 from fire


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County Fire spokesperson said one Silver Spring family is lucky to be alive after a massive fire ripped through their home early Saturday morning.

The spokesperson confirmed the three-story home on the 4000 block of Bennion Rd. did not have working smoke detectors.

Thankfully, Joseph Roberts told WUSA9, his future son-in-law, Esteban Vales, woke to heavy smoke and jumped into action.

"My Mom, he literally carried her out of the house, across the street," said Roberts who later described his mother to be 86-years-old and at home, very sick on hospice. Thanks to Vales, Roberts, his mother, wife, daughter, future son-in-law and a small child all made it out safely. The family's several pets, which include dogs, a cat, rabbit and turtle, also survived. However, the home Roberts said he grew up in, is now a burnt shell.

Police investigate fatal motorcycle crash in Silver Spring


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police in Montgomery County are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred on Aug. 14 in Silver Spring.

Police say it happened at 5:53 p.m. at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Stewart Lane, where investigation revealed that a 2009 Toyota Camry and a 2004 Suzuki Intruder motorcycle were slowing for traffic while traveling northbound on Columbia Pike.

A 2010 Toyota Prius was also traveling northbound on Columbia Pike but failed to stop in time and struck the rear of the motorcycle causing the motorcycle to strike the Toyota Camry. The operator of the motorcycle was ejected off the bike, police said.

The motorcycle operator sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to Medstar Hospital and he died on Aug. 20.