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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.   

Pedestrian dies after being hit in Germantown


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A pedestrian died after police say he was hit by a car in Germantown Friday night, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

The pedestrian has been identified as Damien Anthony Denning, 47, police said.

The accident happened around 6:11 p.m. when Denning was crossing the 19600 block of Route 355. Police say a Chevrolet Malibu hit Denning. Police say Denning later died at the hospital. 

The driver of the Chevrolet has been identified as James Wesley Ford, 52, of Germantown. Police say he was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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14-year-old afraid to cross street after hit-and-run


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 14-year-old Germantown boy says he's now afraid to cross the street along after he was the victim of a hit-and-run while he was riding his bike. 

“Especially when there are people turning left and they stop waiting for me. I’m not sure if they’re just going to run me over me over again because I’m so slow,” Fernando Alvarez told WUSA 9 on Thursday.

That’s what the 9th grader said happened almost two-in-a-half weeks ago on October 6 at around 7:30 a.m.

Alvarez said he was headed to Seneca Valley High School on his bike when an African American woman driving a white van or SUV made a left turn onto Great Seneca Highway at Wisteria Drive and hit him while he was in the crosswalk with other students. Alvarez thinks the driver was trying to squeeze in between a group of students and him on his bike.

Vigil honors transgender woman murdered in Gaithersburg


GERMANTOWN, MD- Dozens of family and friends of Zella Ziona, the transgender woman gunned down in a Gaithersburg alley on Thursday, gathered Sunday to mourn her loss, and spread a message: stop the hate.

On Saturday, Montgomery County police arrested Rico LeBlond, 20, and charged him with first-degree murder in Ziona’s death. In charging documents, police lay out embarrassment that a friendship between LeBlond and Ziona had been publicly exposed as a possible motive in her killing. Hate crime charges have not yet been filed or ruled out.

“In my heart, I feel like that’s what it was,” said Jeron Jackson, Zella’s uncle, when asked if he believed the murder was a hate crime.

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.