Pilot and rescuers recount perilous plane rescue in Gaithersburg

Patrick Merkle of D.C. has been flying for more than 30 years. And on Sunday night, he had hoped to conclude a day trip to New York with a friend at the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg.

But a few miles before the airport, Merkle’s plane crashed into a power transmission tower and left him and passenger Jan Williams injured and trapped 100 feet above the ground.

“For the first couple hours, I wasn’t sure that hanging on that tower was going to work, I was very concerned that we might be sliding off the tower and to our deaths, actually,” Merkle told WTOP.

[WTOP]

Montgomery County honors World AIDS Day by pledging to reduce HIV rates

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World AIDS Day was commemorated Thursday at the Silver Spring Civic Center with free HIV testing, awards to unsung heroes and a commitment to reduce new HIV cases in Montgomery County by 95% by 2030.

The theme of the breakfast was Reflect, Celebrate and Rejuvenate. Rather than have a moment of silence for those who have died from AIDS, HIV and other epidemics, attendees shouted out the names of their loves one who had passed away.

[Montgomery Community Media]

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Forgot to pay a toll in Maryland? MDTA extends grace period on late fees

Good news for anyone who has unpaid tolls in Maryland.

The Maryland Transportation Authority  is extending a grace period for anyone facing penalties due to past-due video toll bills.

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Drivers now have until Dec. 14 to pay outstanding video tolls without facing extra fines.

[NBC4]

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