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Top Headlines Near Wheaton: Hotel Fire, Skiing Accident, Child Sex Abuse Charges

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Hotel Fire Forces 400 to Evacuate; Contractor Injured
BETHESDA -- A fire early Monday in the basement of downtown Bethesda's Hyatt Regency caused more than 400 to evacuate and left an electrical contractor seriously injured. The hotel re-opened Wednesday.Read more on Bethesda Patch. 

Kensington Man Killed in Colorado Skiing Accident
A competition snow skier who died from hitting a tree in Aspen, CO, has been identified as David Schreitmueller, 42, of Kensington, according to news reports. Read more on Kensington Patch.

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Chevy Chase Remains in Serious Condition
CHEVY CHASE—A woman walking near her home on Saratoga Avenue in Chevy Chase on Tuesday morning was struck by a minivan driven by one of her neighbors, who remained at the scene of the collision. The woman was airlifted to a trauma center in Baltimore. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch, and read Patch's initial report of the collision on Bethesda Patch.

Haitian House Is Built with Help from Somerset Residents
CHEVY CHASE—Chevy Chase residents Lauren Rubenstein and her son Jake Shapiro—and Shapiro's friend Eli Schwat—traveled to Haiti to help finish building a house for a family left homeless after the January 2010 earthquake. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch. 

St. Catherine Laboure School in Wheaton to Close
WHEATON—St. Catherine Labouré School, a Catholic parochial elementary school in Wheaton that was founded in 1953, is closing at the end of this school year, church and school officials announced last week. Read why on Wheaton Patch. 

Police: Diabetic Driver Dies in Truck-Tree Collision
GAITHERSBURG—The driver of a pickup truck that hit a tree off of Route 108 in Gaithersburg early Sunday morning died at the scene of the collision. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch. 

Report: Gaithersburg Vocal Coach Faces Charges Of Sexually Abusing Student
GAITHERSBURG—The coach allegedly sexual abused a then-eighth grade boy in the spring and summer of 2008. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch. 

Report: Cell Phone Ban Could Become 'Primary Offense' While Driving
If the proposed ban is approved—which, according to reports, is likely—drivers could be pulled over for using their mobile phones without committing another offense. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.

Montgomery County Lawmakers Under Fire For Attempts to Weaken Weapons Ban
A Washington Post editorial calls out delegates Luiz R.S. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) and Kathleen M. Dumais (D-Dist. 15), of Rockville, for pushing to exempt AR-15s from a proposed weapons ban. The Montgomery County lawmakers say they were characterized in the editorial. Read more at Rockville Patch.

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