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Parents of fallen officer: "Everything is different"


OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The grief-stricken parents of a Montgomery County police officer killed by a suspected drunk driver are demanding change. 

Officer Noah Leotta passed away a few days after he was hit by a driver while on a task force to get impaired drivers off the roads.

The driver, Gustavo Reluzco, had already been arrested twice for drunk driving. Leotta's parents are calling for a national database to track repeat offenders. 

"Everything is different. The first thing I think about in the morning is my son is gone," Marcia Leotta said.

The street where Noah Leotta grew up is now dotted with blue ribbons, hung in his honor. Rich Leotta is still wearing his son's badge. 

"It’s hard to take it off. It was on him when he was struck," Rich Leotta said. "It’s a part of him, it’s a part of me." 

Local mourners react to Nemacolin plane crash


 

OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- One of the victims in a fatal Friday night plane crash outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. has ties to a popular eatery in Olney, Md.

Employees left a card and flowers outside of Sisters’ Sandwiches & Such on Georgia Avenue Saturday as a way to pay their respects. Several people told WUSA9 the husband of one of the restaurant’s owners is one of two men killed when a small plane the man was piloting, crashed outside of the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA.

Outside of the Olney restaurant, patrons were in shock.

Family, 10 dogs rescued after Olney house fire


OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A family and their 10 dogs were rescued Tuesday evening after their house caught on fire.

According to Montgomery County fire officials, the fire began in the garage and spread to the house. Fuel in the vehicles in the garage may have helped spread the fire.

Neither the family nor their 10 dogs suffered any injuries.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but the damage is estimated to be as much as $500,000.

The fire started at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 17000 block of Winter Laurel Way. 

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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:

No arrests made in police chase after Olney robbery


(WUSA9) -- No arrests have been made after at least two men lead Montgomery County police on a car on the ICC and I-95 after a robbery Monday afternoon in Olney. 

Montgomery County Police say they pursued the men after an armed robbery at a Verizon Store in the 3200 block of Spartan Drive in Olney. The robbers fled the scene in a black Dodge Charge, police said.  

While on the ICC, police say the vehicle struck a Montgomery County police cruiser. The chase then continued on I-95 all the way to Kenilworth Avenue, where officers lost sight of the vehicle.  

Police did not specify exactly how many men were involved in the robbery but said there were at least two males and two handguns were displayed. The ages of the suspects were not specified.

No arrests have been made in the chase and police are looking at surveillance video from the Verizon Store to identify the robbers.  

1 child, 2 adults injured after propane tank fire in Olney


OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three people, including one child, were injured after a propane tank caught on fire at a townhouse in Olney.

According to Montgomery County fire spokesperson Pete Piringer, a propane tank being used to heat a grill vented on fire at a townhouse on Bantry Way.

Three people were transported the hospital with minor burns. None of their injures are life threatening, according to Piringer.

The fire also caused damage to a nearby shed and fence.

A resident told WUSA9 that they were using charcoal in the gas grill, which caused the release valve to blow.

Car hits Sandy Spring post office guard rail


SANDY SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A vehicle hit the guard rail of the Sandy Spring post office Tuesday morning, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

The post office is located in the 900 block of Sandy Spring Road next to Urban BBQ.

Sky9 was on the scene.

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A neighbor of the post office said a Hyundai elantra hit the guard rail. Two cars were involved in the crash and the second car had minor damages, according to the neighbor.

Part of a wall of post office was damaged and officials say the post office is still open.