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A Question of Substance


Usually it’s the Supreme Court justices who get to ask the tough questions. But every so often, prominent public figures come to Georgetown, and undergraduates glean the rare opportunity to ask questions in return.

Last Wednesday, those who attended Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s lecture received an index card where they could write one question for Sotomayor to answer during the standard post-lecture question-and-answer session — a Gaston Hall standard that usually fosters a candid discussion and enriches university programming. In Wednesday’s case, however, the questions were screened and posed by a university official, rather than the student or event attendee who originally wanted an answer.

Man barricaded in Montgomery Co. home surrendered

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) –  The man who barricaded himself in a Germantown home on Sunday night has peacefully surrendered. 

Police said it started off as a domestic incident. 

The home is located in the 21000 block Seneca Crossing Drive.  

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2 families displaced in Montgomery Village townhouse fire

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (WUSA9) -- One person is hurt after a townhouse in Montgomery Village Thursday morning, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said. Two families have been displaced. 

MISSING: Woman, 66 with Alzheimer's

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a 66-year-old Germantown woman who has Alzheimer's. 

Nancy Eillen Strohmeyer, 66, of Germantown was last in touch with her family via phone Wednesday around 7 p.m., Montgomery County police said. 

She is described as a white woman, standing 5'7" tall and weighing around 130 pounds. Strohmeyer has shoulder-length blond hair and may be wearing a tan coat over a turquoise sweatshirt. 

Police said she does not have her medicine and her family is worried about her welfare. There is an active search underway, according to police. 

AT 2 p.m. Monday, officers will conduct a search of the wooded area near her residence. They said there is no foul play suspected in this missing person case.

Police: Drunk driver wanted after chase from Md. to Va.

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- The search is on for an allegedly drunk driver led police officers on a chase from Maryland to Virginia, Montgomery County police said.

A police dispatcher said the chase began in Germantown at around 9:01 p.m. The chase went down I-270 to I-495, eventually crossing into Virginia via the American Legion Bridge, the dispatcher said.

Because the driver crossed into Virginia, Montgomery County police ended their pursuit there. The car was last seen traveling southbound on the George Washington Parkway.

This is a developing story and will be updated

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Fmr. Montgomery Co. court commissioner charged with sex crime

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former Montgomery County court commissioner has been charged with a sex-related crime, our news partners at the Washington Post report

Cell phone app used to solve Christmas car break-in

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A cell phone application played a key role in finding two people Montgomery County police say stole more than $20,000 in electronics after they broke into a car on Christmas.

Casey Mulloy and Kyle Pestun, both of an unconfirmed address, were charged with theft after police say they broke into a car belonging to a man who requested only to be identified as Eric. 

At around noon on Christmas, Eric told police that his car was broken into while it was parked in the unit block of Diamond Hill Court in Germantown. Several items were reported missing, including two infrared cameras, two laptops, an iPod Nano, circuit boards and a 70-200mm camera lens. 

"I just felt hopeless, I just sat outside in the rain. I was just contemplating life. I mean what do I do at this point?" Eric said.

Police: Altercation during drug deal lead to Germantown murder

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Frederick man was shot and killed in Germantown earlier this month after what Montgomery County police described as an altercation during a drug deal. 

Ebou Nyass of Germantown was arrested and charged with firearm and narcotic offenses following the death of Robert King on December 16. 

According to police, the two men agreed to meet for a drug deal in the 18600 block of Sage Way. During their meeting, police believe an altercation occurred between Nyass, 29, and King, 30, and the two men shot at each other.

A witness told police that King produced and fired his handgun first. Police say a handgun recovered at the scene of the murder did not appear to be the one that was believed to have killed King.

Man dies after Germantown shooting

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man died after he was shot Wednesday night in Germantown, Montgomery County police said.  

According to police, the shooting happened in the 18600 block of Sage Way in Germantown at around 7:14 p.m. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.  

Police later identified the victim as 30-year-old Robert King of Frederick.

Anyone with information about King's death is asked to contact police at 240-773-5070. 

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Man pleads guilty to killing ex-girlfriend outside Md. Target

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of a Target store in Germantown.

Donald Bricker Jr. was charged with one count of first-degree murder for shooting 25-year-old Mariam Adebayo on June 1. The two agreed to meet after Bricker threatened harm himself after Adebayo ended their relationship.

Witnesses told police that Adebayo and Bricker 28, were fighting in a car in the parking lot when she got out to get away from Bricker. He then got out of the car, holding a gun, and fired at Adebayo, police said. 

Adebayo, 24, graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a degree in public health. She also graduated from Seneca Valley High School in Germantown in 2009.

Bricker faces in life in prison for the shooting when he is sentenced on February 26, 2016.