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Md. man sentenced to 55 years for burglaries


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County man was sentenced to 55 years in prison Wednesday for a string of burglaries, officials said.

James Cobb, 30, of Germantown was found guilty for theft and burglary on July 29. Cobb and an accomplice burgled several homes and businesses in the Gaithersburg and Germantown area over the winter of 2013 and 2014, according to police records.

The two stole jewelry, electronics, tools and copper fittings from places where they used to work and their parents' friends' houses.

Police caught Cobb in the act during one of the burglaries. He had stolen more than $14,000 in jewelry, police said.

Cobb has a history of theft and assault related convictions dating back to 2003, according to police.

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Montgomery County preps to handle Ebola


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Wondering how prepared hospitals are should people come down with the Ebola virus in the D.C. area? WUSA9 took a closer look at Montgomery County.

Hospitals within Montgomery County are prepared should someone come down with Ebola, health officials said.


KlaasKids helps search for missing children like Hoggles


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) --
Wednesday as we focus on local missing children the WUSA9 Bring Them Home Campaign, we want to remind parents if you feel helpless, there is support. There's a national organization that helped and continues to help a local family in a big way.

Troy Turner, the father of missing Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, searched a portion of the Seneca Creek State Park they hadn't cleared yet. And once they leave, they know no one will return unless it's necessary.

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Father of missing Md. Hoggle kids organizes search


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- The father of two missing Maryland children has gathered volunteers at the Germantown Community Center in the search for his children.

Three-year-old Sarah and two-year-old Jacob Hoggle have been missing for almost a month after being abducted by their mother, Catherine Hoggle.

Their father, Troy Turner, is at the community center with the Klaas Kids Foundation Thursday, where he says searchers are being organized and trained on how to track leads and information.

The search party will meet at the Germantown Community Center at 10 a.m. Friday and spread out from there, Turner told WUSA9.

Last week, Turner made a plea to Governor O'Malley to get Maryland State Police to issue an Amber Alert for his children. Police said that the case does not fit the Amber Alert criteria.

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Police search 60K acres for missing Md. children


GERMANDTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police are actively searching 60,000 acres for two missing children last seen weeks ago.

Three-year-old Sarah and two-year-old Jacob Hoggle have been missing since Sept. 7. Their mother, Catherine Hoggle, has been questioned by police and she claims the children are safe, but police have been unable to locate the children to verify her story.

"Our search is not over, the work continues," police tweeted Friday.

Police have asked businesses in the Germantown area to check their surveillance videos from Sept. 7 and 8 for Catherine Hoggle's vehicles.

Catherine Hoggle, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was transferred to a facility in Howard County for a psychiatric evaluation earlier this week.

Mom of missing Md. kids transferred out of Mont. Co.


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- The mother of two missing Maryland children has been transferred to a facility in Howard County.

Catherine Hoggle, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was transferred to a Jessup facility as part of her psychological evaluation, her attorney confirmed.

Montgomery County police continue to search the Germantown area for missing three-year-old Sarah and two-year-old Jacob Hoggle. Monday, police asked businesses to check their Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 surveillance videos for Catherine Hoggle's vehicles.

Businesses asked to help find children


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are asking businesses to help with clues to find two missing children on Monday.

Montgomery County Police are asking local businesses to check their surveillance footage from their storefronts to see if they spot the silver SUV Catherine Hoggle was driving on September 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the Md. tag number 3 A/I 8778.

They're also asking businesses to look for the silver minivan she may have been driving on September 8 in their surveillance footage from 5:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. That minivan has Md. tag number 48598.