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Police officer suspended after DUI charges

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY (WUSA9) -- A police officer has been suspended after he was charged with driving under the influence, officials said. 

The incident happened on Friday around 2:45 a.m. when Corporal Rodney Lewis was off-duty in Fairfax, Va.. Lewis was driving an unmarked cruiser in I-495 when he lost control of his car near the American Legion Memorial Bridge and hit a wall. He was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Lewis has been suspended with pay. He is a 12-year veteran of the department and is currently assigned to the Regional Investigation Division, police said. 

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Week 9, Text to Vote: Toyota Game of the Week Poll

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The high school football season is underway! Want to see your favorite match-up on TV Friday night?

CLICK HERE to vote as many times as you'd like!

You can also vote from your phone by texting the code of your favorite game (listed below) to "25543."

-Text DC to "25543" to vote for Dunbar at H.D. Woodson

-Text MD to "25543" to vote for Damascus at Seneca Valley

-Text Private to "25543" to vote for St. Mary's Ryken at Paul VI

-Text VA to "25543" to vote for Oakton at Robinson

Polls are open until Thursday at 10:00 p.m. and we'll announce the winner on-air every Thursday night during the 11 o'clock sportscast.

Woman dies from injuries in Md. car accident

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police say 71-year-old Dorothy Jean Rudnicki died due to her injuries from a car accident on Oct. 11. 

According to police, Rudnicki was driving her 2008 Saturn westbound on Clopper Road and crossed into the eastbound lanes.

The car hit a 2008 Acura that was driven by 60-year-old Toni Helene Johnson-Conner. Another car, a 1994 Honda, was unable to stop and struck the Acura from behind, police said.

Rudnicki was later transported to the hospital due to her injures and died on Oct. 21. The medical examiner has ruled the death accidental due to injuries sustained in the collision.

Friday Night Football: Week 8 Scoreboard

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Relive all the action from some of Friday's top high school football games!

DC & Private Schools:

DeMatha 31, Gonzaga 21

Ballou 54, Coolidge 20

Maryland:

Albert Einstein 22, Wheaton 15

Arundel 52, South River 33

Bladensburg 24, High Point 18, 2OT

Bullis 47, St. Albans, D.C. 0

Catoctin 35, North Hagerstown 13

Clarksburg 21, Bethesda 19 

Damascus 43, Rockville 8 

Dematha 31, Gonzaga College, D.C. 21 

Gaithersburg 40, Magruder 6 

Gilman 29, Archbishop Spalding 21 

Good Counsel 49, Archbishop Carroll, D.C. 0 

Hammond 47, River Hill 38 

John F. Kennedy 13, Hubie Blake 0 

Linganore 42, Walkersville 7 

McDonough 34, La Plata 14 

Middletown 14, Urbana 7 

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Police search for bank robber who wore disguise

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are looking for the man who wore a disguise during a robbery at TD Bank in Germantown on Tuesday. They have released surveillance photographs of the robber in hopes someone may recognize him or have more information.

On Tuesday at approximately 9:20 a.m., officers responded to bank at 19501 Frederick Road for the report of a bank robbery.

They found that the robber entered the bank, and passed a note demanding money to the teller. Police say the note implied that the robber had a weapon.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5'11? to 6'1? tall, and approximately 200 pounds, say police. They say he was wearing a disguise.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Police: social media led to arrests for guns, drugs

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police say they arrested six people from Gaithersburg and Germantown on firearms- and drug-related charges after someone posted photos of drugs and firearms on social media pages.

According to police, detectives received information in July about photos of firearms and drugs posted on someone's social media pages. Detectives and the Quince Orchard School Resource Officer launched an investigation into the person and several other people.

Then, on Oct. 11, detectives and the school rescource officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Darnestown Road and Muddy Branch Road on a vehicle with several of the suspects inside of it. Police say during that stop,  they found that another person was in possession of firearms and marijuana.

Md. state police criticize Gansler comments

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Police are criticizing Attorney General Doug Gansler for calling the commander of the executive protection section a "henchman" of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Gansler, who is running for governor, said Tuesday that reports saying he misused his security detail to get him to events are "100 percent completely untrue." He accused his opponent, Brown, of "running a campaign about dirty politics," and "pulling out some memo that some henchman wrote two or three years ago."

The state police say the reference to Lt. Charles Ardolini "is unseemly and unacceptable." They say Ardolini's memorandum about Gansler was the result of ongoing safety concerns expressed to him by troopers that culminated with actions witnessed by Ardolini himself.