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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Man in custody after fatal Germantown stabbing

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA*9) -- A man has been arrested and charged with murder after Montgomery County police say he stabbed and killed a man Tuesday night in a Germantown parking lot.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Gaona, 36, was arrested Wednesday at around noon and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old William Palacios. 

Germantown man arrested for human trafficking

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Germantown man was arrested Monday for running a prostitution business and human trafficking, Montgomery County police said.

Armand Theinkue Donfack has been charged with two counts of human trafficking, one count of operating a business for prostitution and two counts of prostitution.

Police say on July 7, detectives began an investigation into possible prostitution activity after receiving tips about escort advertisements on the Internet. Detectives emailed a contact and arranged to meet a female escort at a hotel in the Milestone area of Germantown on July 8.

Later that evening, detectives arrived at the hotel and observed a man, later identified as Donfack, arrive at the hotel. He entered the lobby and left a short time later in a vehicle, police said.

Criminal past of Germantown murder-suicide gunman goes back to 1992

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Shock and anger continue to simmer over why the gunman in the Germantown murder-suicide wasn't behind bars despite a lengthy criminal past. 

Johnnie Perkins had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1992, with offenses that include assault, drug distribution, gun possession and numerous traffic violations, including driving under the influence of alcohol.

More than half his life has been spent in and out of jail, but never for felonies considered “violent.”

"Over the past six years, this guy [Perkins] has been involved with eight criminal charges with five suburban counties: Montgomery, PG, Frederick, Howard and Anne Arundel. And three of those six years he was in jail," Steven Van Grack, a criminal defense attorney said.  

Gunman in Germantown murder-suicide had criminal history

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The gunman in a murder-suicide Tuesday morning at a Germantown gas station had an extensive criminal history including drug and firearms charges. 

On Wednesday, Montgomery County police identified Johnnie Perkins, 42, as the gunman in the murder-suicide. Police say he killed Shakina Marie Perkins-Moody, 34, of Germantown, Md. Police do not know whether the two were boyfriend and girlfriend or married.

In 2012, Perkins was sentenced to at least eight years in prison for narcotics distribution. And in just the last several months, he’s been arrested in the D.C. area for handgun, drug and assault charges.

Montgomery County police officials say this crime should have never happened.

Man killed in I-270 crash found 50 yards from vehicle

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 53-year-old Frederick County man was found about 50 yards from his vehicle after it went off I-270 early Sunday morning, Maryland State police said.

According to police, Michael Stephen Bolton was driving his white Subaru Legacy heading north on I-270. At approximately 12:41 a.m. Sunday, police received a report that Bolton was traveling at about 80 miles per hour and his vehicle overturned on I-270 at the ramp to Middle Brook Road.

When officers arrived on scene they found the Subaru about 15 feet into the woods with Bolton fully ejected and about 50 yards to the rear of the vehicle.

Due to extensive trauma to Bolton's head, the medical examiner pronounced him dead at the scene.

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Woman killed in Target parking lot identified

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman died after she was shot in the parking lot of the Target store in Germantown by her ex-boyfriend Monday night, according to Montgomery County police.

Police say 24-year-old Mariam Folashade Adebayo succumbed to her injuries at a hospital after the shooting at 20908 Frederick Road at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday. Police received multiple 911 calls about the shooting.

When officers arrived they found Adebayo suffering from a gunshot wound. The 27-year-old suspect, Donald Wayne Bricker of Hagerstown, had fled from the parking lot in a white pick-up truck, say police.