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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.

Police: Man sexually assaults 3 women in Wheaton

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 21-year-old man was arrested for sexually assaulting three women in Wheaton, police said. 

William Brown, Jr. 21, of Wheaton was charged in connection with committing sexual offenses against the three victims, Montgomery County police said. 

The first incident happened on February 4 around 9 a.m. when the 33-year-old victim was using the self-checkout at a Safeway store located on Georgia Avenue. The 21-year-old went up to the victim and started touching her inappropriately, police added. The woman started to resist the suspect and then fled the area. Brown is being charged with fourth degree sex offense, and second degree assault in connection with this incident. 



Water main break causes closures in Wheaton

WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two westbound lanes are closed in Wheaton due to a water main break, according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

The water main break is located on Veirs Mill Rd. at Connecticut Avenue. Two westbound lanes are currently closed for repairs, officials said. One lane is still getting by. Drivers should expect delays in the area. 

Nobody is without water. Crews have been having issues with the valves. A combination of cold and age is making it hard to turn the valves, officials stated. They are fixing 67-year-old pipe. It's 24 inches. 

We will continue to update you as we learn more. 

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Montgomery Co. school bus driver hurt after driving onto lawn

WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A school bus driver in Montgomery County suffered minor injuries after they drove onto the front lawn of a home in Wheaton after attempting to make a turn.

According to a Montgomery County police spokesperson, the driver was trying to make a left turn from Connecticut Avenue onto Randolph Road when they ended up in someone's front yard.

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Man seriously injured after being hit by snow plow

WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was seriously injured Monday after he was hit by a snow plow while he was walking on Georgia Avenue, a Montgomery County fire spokesperson said. 

The man was near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Janet Road in Wheaton when he was hit by the snow plow.

His injuries are non-life threating, but the spokesperson said he was taken to an area hospital.

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Car overturns after collision in Wheaton


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A car overturned after a collision on Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton Tuesday evening, according to police.

The accident happened on Veirs Mill Road and Newport Mill Road. Officials say the occupants of the car were trapped after the car overturned. 

Injuries have been reported but the extent of those injuries are unknown at this time.

We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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Suspect arrested for sexual assault outside of Wheaton Metro Station

Costco goes to court over Wheaton gas sales denial

WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County attorneys will be in court Friday trying to keep big box retailer, Costco from opening up a huge gas station in Wheaton.

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It's a fight that has been going on for a while and one that was thought to be over back in March.

Costco was denied their bid by the Montgomery County Board of Appeals to open a 16-pump gas station in Wheaton. Residents in the area have environmental concerns. They say all the cars idling would hurt the air quality of the people living in the area.